Utter elation! Uh, escalation? The best “wait for it” moment of the last, oh say, hour. Last year’s “Yes! Ham Goes Up An Escalator.” ♦
In designerly documentaries, there are these lovely two:
Design Is One and Urbanized, both depicting the interconnectivity of life and design.
Though I don’t find the trailers particularly compelling, the films themselves were much more so.
In Design Is One, renowned designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli share their thoughts on design along with their history. I may not love each and every piece created for my own aesthetic, but I do love the thought behind them and appreciate their consistency. One of their mottos has been “If you can’t find it, design it,” a can-do attitude, if ever.
Urbanized relates the intentional design found within cities- how it flows, works for (or against) the landscape and can be improved upon. The bike lanes of Bogotá, Colombia and the walkways threaded through the townships on the outskirts of Cape Town were personal favorites. ♦
Over the years, my dad buys me random books from time to time. More often than not, art deco books. Not sure why he’s latched onto that particular interest of mine, but no complaints here. The largest read yet sits on a bench out in the living room beckoning with its beguiling ways in each pass by. And now with Christmas, I’m near drowning in nouveau words to digest. All kinds- The Good, the Bad, and Me, for one. Eli Wallach’s memoir. Several pages in already. Yes, there are worse things!
Like crispy Christmas trees. It’s like it dried out overnight. Literally, overnight. Supple, plucky needles making for lush branches yesterday, rendered brittle bits of bough destined for a dumpster, today. Still manages to smell divine though. Christmas has passed by far too quickly this year, I’m sad to see it go, and yet thrilled to feel such affection for all its facets once again! ♦