Whatever happened to planters like these two? They may still be in production, but wherever they are still available, and that’s nearly nowhere, they’re civic-sized, weigh 500-1000 pounds, and are out of scale for people’s home gardens. Why? Whither modernism for domestic landscaping? After a golden age of simple, sophisticated design in the 60s and 70s, the commercial design industry is taking us in the direction of cheapness, ornateness, bad nostalgia and the whole philosophy that goes with it.
Posts Tagged ‘minimalism’
“We live today in a world of ever more stuff – what sometimes seems a deluge of goods and shopping. We tend to assume that this has two results: that we are more superficial, and that we are more materialistic, our relationships to things coming at the expense of our relationships to people.
Canadian House and Home recently asked photographer Todd Selby about the aesthetic of his photography and blog:
Q: What’s with all the crazy collections and homes with a borderline messy aesthetic?
A: My look is very of the culture. It’s a backlash to that super modern, dot-com, end of the ’90s era.
The blog YOU HAVE BEEN HERE SOMETIME does, as its title suggests, provoke an uncanny sensation. It’s halfway between a feeling of deja vu and a renewed sense of the mysterious life of objects. No snapshots of the blog shown here could reproduce the feeling you get from the way David John, its creator, exhibits photographs and information; you just have to go there for yourself.
The Russian Hall, formerly the Russian People’s Home, consistently produces typography so clear, so straightforward, so capitalized it is a manifesto in itself, design or political. This what happens when you try to produce design degree zero: the more you eschew style, the more you achieve it.