G O O D , B A D & U G L Y
Sottsass took the Art Deco sensibility, interpereted it through post war pop culture and unleashed it on the yuppies of the 80s with the help of the highly distinctive Memphis collective.
For us, he is mainly a poet of things. Like a poet, much of what he produced are best read as fragmentary and non-sequitir, and all the more beautiful for it.
Much of the work is flat out ugly, almost all of it...
This month we pay homage to the work of Canadian-American artist Agnes Martin.
The sincerity and precision of this work and its humbling relationship with perfection reveals itself on closer inspecition.
Agnes Martin (1912-2004) studied to be a school teacher, but came to New York City in the 1950s to pursue her art, living alone in a loft in lower Manhattan.
However, she soon took flight, leaving the art world behind her, and ultimately settling in New Mexico after a long road trip. She lived alone all her life....
Born in Karl-Marx-Stadt in 1965, Carsten Nicolai is a musician who has, luckily for us, spent some of his considerable talent visualising sound.
We are inspured by his commitment to the grid and what happens when that is overlayed and interfered with.
His book GRID INDEX was the first book we bought as a studio.
It's so clean. So certian. Just a collection of grids.
East Berlin in the 1950s was a tense place. German poet & playwright Berthold Brecht and his wife Helene Weigel found the perfect weekend escape: every city dweller's dream of a small plot on a lake surrounded by trees
FRENCH COLLAGE ARTIST CAPTURES ATMOSPHERES
It's that time of year when one of our favourite, most misunderstood colours pops up.
Nobody working today has a better understanding of the colour pink than Rosemarie Auberson, who collages the colour in casual, vulnerable, warm and fresh compositions that serve to reset the perceptions of a sometimes tired and abused colour.
Her sparing compositions demonstrate the central principle that must be grasped by anyone dealing in elegance;
combining generosity with economy of means.
Her works have the...
You almost certainly have an idea about who Lawrence of Arabia is, from the famous and fantastic David Lean epic were he is played by a shockingly blue-eyed Peter O'Toole.
What is interesting to us, though, is how he built his nest, on an estate in Dorset owned by weathy, distant relatives. His country cottage on the Clouds Hill estate is a National Trust Property, meaning that anyone passing through the south west of England can drop in for a look.
HAPPY PLACES FOR HEROES
In the late 1920s, Albert Einstein, celebrated physicist, was presented by the mayor of Berlin with a lakeside plot for his services to science. Einstein was known to be fond of spending his Saturdays sailing on the Wannsee.
When the news of this hit the newspapers, Einstein had declared a preference for wooden architecture. A young industrial architect named Konrad Wachsmann got it touch with Einstein, as he had been working with a factory in Saxony which was pioneering early prefabricated architecture.
Wachsmann felt he could get a man...
LINES AND SQUARES
Josef Hoffmann is a bridge between the world of the Belle Epoque and international Modernism. He studied with Otto Wagner and created dreamy vernacularist works like the Hohe Warte outside Vienna in 1905.
However, while working on these designs, he was also concieving the Sanitorium Punkersdorf, also outside Vienna, begun just one year later in 1906.
Fans of architectural history will see why Le Corbusier and Gio Ponti cite Hoffmann as an important early influence.
What is important to us about Hoffmann is how he embodies both continuity...
Wir bewundern Brancusi wegen seiner Beziehung zur Volkskunst. Er ließ sich von fundamentalen Formen und Erlebnissen inspirieren und wir denken an ihn, wenn wir uns daran erinnern müssen. Unsere KUGEL in einem Quader ist eine Hommage an in.
This 20th Century Irish artist's illustrations in the Táin are the best illustrations of a human swarm that we know.
BRAVE GEOMETRIES GO FROM ADVERTISING TO FINE ART
After a childhood disrupted by WWII, Riley tried out several different professions – she flourished in advertising in the London of the 1950s and 60s.
However, an intuition for bold geometric statements left her restless, wanting to say more than she could for adverts. Influenced by seeing the shockingly abstract expressionist work of Jackson Pollock among others, she began placing her own geometries in an art context.
Her belief in the aesthetic power of what others might have dismissed as an optical illusion or...
GERMAN AUTHOR RETREATS TO THE MAGICAL SCHORFHEIDE LANDSCAPE
Hans Fallada was a German writer who lived a brave, troubled life. When it became clear that his observations of life under fascism would get him into trouble, his English publisher sent a private boat for him.
However, he couldn't bring himself to leave his beloved home in Carwitz, about 90 minutes north of Berlin in a unique ice-age landscape known as the 'Schorfheide'.
The Fallada house is a real gem, fitting squarely into our series 'Homes for Heroes'. We have been looking at the homes of great thinkers....
ARTIST THAT INSPIRED THE FUNDAMENTAL LOGO & MUCH MORE
Revolutionary femme fatale Anni Albers was raised in Berlin. Learning and teaching at the Bauhaus and later inspiring the students at Black Mountain College she moved textile artistry to a new level, combining traditional and industrial techniques to form timeless and beautiful objects.