Memento Amare = Remember to love.
Valentines day is coming.
If it was up to us, it would be about finding one or more people you really cherish, spending a night in, with all phones locked in a box, steaks frying gently on a cast iron skillet, giving each other full, undivided loving attention.
However, for some of you, it might be a good idea to arrange a little phyisical token of affection, or treat yourself, as a little memento amare.
Because you can always count on a helping hand from us, we will ship all of these little beauties...
As designers, a large part of our work is visual, spatial or physical, which leaves a lot of time for consuming audio content while we work.
We thought we'd share 4 very different podcasts with you that feature female voices prominently that we listen to while we work, because we believe that women are sometimes overlooked in the tech-heavy world of podcasts.
These podcasts have nothing to do with design (that might contaminate our own work) but instead open up a world for us of far away people and big ideas that are inspiring in a more indirect way.
To mark the 100 year anniversary of the Bauhaus we are looking to the only female master that the Bauhaus produced, the legendary textile designer Gunta Stölzl.
Her work is a source of constant inspiration for us, but rather than boring you with our fanboy fawning, I'm just going to intersperse the incredible wikipedia timeline of her life (edited) with our favourite works of hers, and you can get an impression of a remarkable life, full of adversity and triumph.
- 1914-1916 Studies glass painting, ceramics and decorative painting at the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Applied Arts) in Munich
Channa Horwitz puts a soft human touch to rigorous geometric studies, with an almost child-like sense of simplicity cutting through the complexity of the subject.
Author Chris Kraus put it best with her great profile on Art Forum.
But we just love looking at the stuff. Gets us every time.
We reccomend that you use the relative calm of November to think of the 5 people closest to you and take the time to think of the small tokens of affection that you think might put a smile on thier face and inject a bit of beauty into thier day to day.
Before the hysteria of Christmas kicks off, and everyone is dashing about with something for everying, this is an opportunity to be specific, thoughtful, and possibly even economical.
Here is our staff pick of 5 treasured gifts for close friends and family:
Wilson Bentley (1865 - 1931, Vermont, USA) was a farmer in freezing Vermont who had a beautiful and productive obession with snowlfakes.
At the age of 15, in 1880, he was given a hobby microscope by his mother, and he quickly began examining snowflakes, holding his breath so they wouldn't melt, pushing them on to slides with feathers.
Within 5 years he had managed to attach his camera to his microscope, and that's when he could share his observations with the world.
We now know that the ice crystals that make up snowflakes...
Donald Judd is known for his flawless sculptures:
you've seen them in any museum of modern art. To us as architects and designers, they are always slightly reminiscent of 'too perfect to be true' furniture, the shelves that you could never hang that straight or keep so free of clutter.
However, the pieces become much more interesting when examined in the context Judd's architectureal space.
Whether it's the play of crisp desert light on these aluminium boxes on display in Marfa:
or the surprisingly rough, textured finishes on show here in...
You may have heard of the movement to banish tech from the bedroom, it has been around since about 2014. We here at the studio have tried various variations on the theme from time to time, and suggest the following revisions to the dogma, to make it easier to stick with.
Sometimes the answer to too much tech is more tech.
Get a nice quiet alarm clock. Braun is the classic to beat.