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Urban Millennium

Friday, December 21, 2007

We should all be concerned with the "usable" space required for living. Money is usually the easiest way to talk in a universal vernacular. If you break down square footage into a dollar amount than we begin to tangibly understand the significance of dollar to square footage. People have this horrid way of finding the cheapest ways to achieve maximum square footage by specifying cheap materials.

Why is this such a problem?...
For starters: because cheap materials imply poor manufacturing, toxic or polluting chemicals, corporate production [which can stem to ecological, social, political and global issues], labor laws, outsourcing [this has huge implication on our importing/ exporting trade], scarcity of resources, little research data and absolutely no consideration for the life-cycle of the product [waste, compost and recirculation].

* Please let me know if you have suggestions on where I can learn more about this next point?

I would like to learn more about the history and psychological significance of Western societies need for ownership and its correlation to success, specifically land. Urban environments are exceptional at doing the most with very little, because each inch comes at a high cost. The trouble lies more in the suburban and rural environments.

What we see in these areas is segregation and lack of communal infrastructures.
At this point in history we should NOT have to use an automobile to go 5 miles to our local grocery market, then 2 miles to pick up our dry cleaning, then 3 miles for a cup of coffee.

Our countries major problems are found in this 1 example.
What did it take to manufacture the automobile and supply the natural resources to make it function, get the "abundant" number of items to the grocery and from what parts of the world, create the cleaning chemicals used for dry cleaning, grow-crop-ship and make that cup of coffee and contain it in a stryofoam container?

This leads to catastrophic problems such as: waste, production, health and overconsumption.

Demand and Supply
The less demand we each have the less supply we will necessitate to function in society. Can you handle THE RIGID STATISTICS about our "Great Country".

It appears the simple lessons we learned in grade school like: SHARING, RESPECT OTHERS and TREAT THEM AS YOU WOULD WANT TO BE TREATED were all just simple things we told children.

We lead by example and it's no wonder why we have so many problems in this country.



Brooklyn Furniture Designers - SCRAPILE

Even small efforts make a huge impact. Two designers, Carlos Salgado and Bart Bettencourt, have turned scrap wood at various shops into remarkably beautiful pieces of furniture. This reassures me that it only takes a small idea to impress people and make your true passions and dreams come true.

The concept of furniture should strike a major chord for designers. We should feel the sense of responsibility to research and specify only pieces that have a function and purpose. Putting aesthetic aside, spaces are meant to be designed with intent.

How is the space used?
What activities will be performed?
Who and how many will occupy the area?
How modular or permanent is the space?
Is it a private or public space?
Should it feel intimate or spacious?
What are the key elements, focus points and introductions of other elements?
Is it working harmoniously with nature or in contrast with it?
How does the space affect you and improve your experience?

It's easy to fill up a space with "things', typically unnecessary and often inarticulate to it's function and purpose. We see this most often in suburban homes where the family room exist. These rooms are mostly the first room when entering, extremely large, disproportioned and resembles more of a museum than a functioning space.

You might see an increasing used term called, minimalism developing. From a designers position I would say this is a good transition. Minimalism condones a feeling of emptiness and coldness. Designed properly that connotation can be dismissed completely. When exceptional minimalism works, it is highly detailed, intricate and complex, while appearing simple. If a bare wall exist, it should exist to highlight its texture-light-drama [to name a few possibilities]. In almost the same way that a window should be placed with absolute precision. It should be a statement, art, a moment of bliss and enlightenment. This element can and should be found in even the smallest, most awkward and unintentional places. This is where we reach a level of distinction and harmony.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Domus Magazine
Domus Academy

Regardless if you're a professional in design or just a person who appreciates good design. Domus is Italian based and explores all realms of design from an innovation standpoint to minuscule details that a professional seeks.

Domus Academy is emerging as a specialized institution for design and fashion. Although they are based in Milan they are going to extensive lengths to be an internationally focussed practice.

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3deluxe - it's DANISH it's GOOD

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Leonardo Class Cube [video]

Design has a means of employing a sense of power and intelligence that seems effortless in its maturest form. I have formulated the perception and understanding that when things seem simple, elegant and at times effortless lies a true genius. 3deluxe has not only mastered but [respectfully] is revolutionizing the next metamorphosis of design.

The depths of inspiration are many and can be equally as significant to any project as the media they are presented in. Looking into nature at all it's scales can bring enlightenment to a project and the human psyche.

I hope this website and video can satisfy a multitude of services:
  • I hope you are personally inspired
  • You gain an understanding for the design field
  • It can speak a universal language all can appreciate
  • We can interpret [1] concept of where the future now exist
  • Gain greater appreciation for diversity across the globe
  • Commend our abilities to create and think outside the box


Project Import Export

P.I.E. website (organic furniture)

Society has a way of taking the ordinary and creating extraordinary. This can work harmoniously with society and influence our experiences if designed with thought and context in mind.

Materiality is a fundamental and significant factor in our sensory experiences. I would hope most of us can appreciate well articulated and controlled design when it exist. Too often we only recall and appreciate design when it falters. Most of us can recall a moment when a piece of furniture was uncomfortable, awkward and left a pain in our bodies. In the same regard we need to be considerate and conscious of the moments when design works.

The beginning of any project is always the point of creativeness. This is the point when ideas are spawned and when the imagination has the freedom to wander. At the same time I would say this is the point to be critical and decisive.

In this case the customer is asked to accept the architect/ designers rules. The creator is telling us that this particular piece must be rattan, aluminum, waterhyacinth, lianna or bamboo. We are also told that the piece will be rigid yet organically allow our human form to mold simultaneously. It will be shapely and large, yet hollow seeming almost light and fragile. The natural elements tie you directly with the earth and the industrial components contrast its basic intent. Everything has seemed to be carefully thought through down to it's scale, proportion and function.


Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Monday, December 3, 2007

Emmanuel's Gift
Challenged Athletes Foundation
Wheelchair Foundation
King Osagyefuo

It happens more often than I would admit, but humanity has the ability to move me. Once again a story hit a nerve deep in my soul, Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah is a name that should be recognized and remembered.

A sad truth is that I have had Emmanuel's Gift in my DVD collection now for well over a year and until this evening it has been alphabetized and never viewed. Tonight I can proudly advocate this motion picture and eagerly encourage you to embrace his strength and perseverance.

Our own purposes in life can be difficult to recognize. Even in their most brilliant clarity they might not seem monumental (I imagine that is rare), but I'm positive that we all have a significance for being. No matter how minute or grand our purpose is, we all have an opportunity to be part of a solution and a make a difference.

The world is in a constant state of crisis. Don't be fooled by our traditions and holiday festivities. Give a gift that can help change conditions on a global spectrum. Help those that don't have the strength to cry, let alone ask for your help.