One of my earliest memories dates back to when my grandmother prepared the homemade pasta. We were ecstatic by the ritual she staged: the wisdom of the dough, the homogeneous leveled mass, the domestication of the surfaces.
Gestures handed down for generations, unifying practice and imagination, codes and extemporaneousness. The world has changed so much since then, and practice and imagination refer less and less to a single actor.
I am free to roam the endless fields of fancy, building precarious bridges between conceivable and possible, in a process that ignores the temporal variation. On the contrary, those who turn my thoughts into substance, through manual dexterity and mastery of gestures, consider time as a plus value. The names of these two objects of memory, fellow adventurers in one’s raids of fantasy, refer then to the temporal element that each of them requires ,as a pledge in the hands of skilled craftsmen, in honor of their work and of the value that they’ll assume for those who will own them.
Usefulness is a concept that more and more fades away among the objects surrounding us. What we expect from these silent friends is to keep us company, make us laugh or in the best option, excite us.
Hormonal chemistry influenced by material chemistry.
Happy Pills are a placebo coming from Murano that, with shapes and colors, would substitute pharmacological solutions.
This week, we’ll give it a little break and go with an actual English-language press release. This tub looks kinda slick.. if you’re an interior design-type ninja.
(January, 2012 - New York, NY)- The popular Paiova bathtub from Duravit and Austrian design firm, EOOS, has been reengineered thanks to new developments in acrylic technology. Maintaining its distinctive trapezoidal shape, the new Paiova Monolith is carved out of a rectangular, acrylic monobloc, resulting in a beautifully seamless bathtub with continuous lines. An apron leads from the tub’s interior all the way down to the floor, removing the need for panelling and rim and providing ample space for bathroom items and tap fittings.
The Monolith enables bathers to relax alongside one another with comfortable neck rests that make reading or simply taking a long bath a pleasure. It measures 67″ long x 39 ½" wide and is available in a corner-left and corner-right version.
A host of optional features enhance the Monolith’s wellness and enjoyment attributes. Air and jet systems are offered as optional features, in addition to a step and handle that allow for easier entry. An optional colored-light module adds a series of underwater LED lighting effects that transition through the entire spectrum or simply shine a single color. The optional sound module uses Bluetooth to establish a connection with an MP3 player or mobile phone, and allows the bather to select the track and volume - so the design of the bathtub isn’t impaired by any operating elements. The bathtub itself serves as a sounding body above and below water to produce full-fidelity sound. :: peep their website ::
Le sigh… these things are always so damn complicated.
The following is from a web submission we received from Studio Fabio. Artist (?) Fabio Novembre is (apparently) doing an exhibition dedicated to Steve McCurry. Why someone would do such is a mystery, since it ain’t like dude is dead. Anyway:
I have the pleasure to send you the material about the latest project by Fabio Novembre: the solo exhibition dedicated to Steve McCurry at the MACRO Museum opened the 3rd December and lasts until the 29th of April 2012.
On the occasion of the celebration of the great reporter famous worldwide for the portrait of the Afghan Girl, Fabio Novembre creates an exhibition setting inspired by the nomads’ village with structures that merge with the aim to restore that sense of solidarity that you can breathe in McCurry’s photos.
The exhibition setting project comes along with the curatorship activity that Fabio carried on according not to a criteria of space-time but of similarity of subject matter and emotions, seeking out the common threads and unimaginable ties that link people and places, even of different latitudes.
Upon further reading, I found out that the McCurry photos seem to be organized in terms of assonance and placed inside of structures meant to loosely mimic those of the nomadic people of Afghanistan that McCurry studied back in the 80’s. Looks kinda cool, no snark. Check out the release/page, but exhibition runs til sometime in Feb 2012.
As a variation on the "funny ball bench" (pictured below), we present to you photos from Manfred kielnhofer’s latest project, the "Light Bench"… at least that’s what we’re calling it.
Ok, we fully realize that this joint is just a bunch of plywood with some, er, medicine balls underneath it. We even wonder what happens to the buttocks of a person who sits on one of the rounded protruding cut-out parts.
The thing that’s different about this new project? The bench is now light-bright, which, in a public setting, is sure to disturb the sweet dreams of any bum and/or ninja who may be spending the night peacefully sleeping au naturel and/or vomiting off the side. Pictures you say?
In all its splendor. That’s basically all you get… I’m pretty sure I proved last week that if you give me some garbage press release, you will be lampooned. The latest installment:
Glowing light ball bench by Manfred Kielnhofer
The funny bench consists of three light balls and two boards.
LED 12 Watt RGB colour mixing red, green, blue, white
If for some reason to you want less information, feel free to check out any of the following poor websites: