Doors are something so basic, so assumed, in our life, that we do not give it a second thought. Redesigning a door? Don’t be silly. Doors push and pull, slide or are automatic. Period. What else can you do with a door right? Wrong. Klemens Torggler has manged to redefine what a door is supposed to be and do.
The overwhelming simplicity makes me wonder how on Earth we did not come up with that earlier. The design itself is amazing, but I am far more impressed with initial idea. To question, to doubt such a basic structure and to attempt to redesign it in itself is one of the most brilliant qualities I have ever known in a designer. Presenting, the future of doors:
Torggler calls this door system the Drehplattentür, which translates as the “flip panel door”. By pulling on the joint the four triangular sections of the door folds in on themselves and slide across the floor with the aid of a hinge in the middle and pivots around the top and bottom of the frame. He has since developed many other designs of similar concept, experimenting with different materials and different mechanics. Although not widely available as of yet, they can be seen here.
These were relatively fast sketches in paint, just experimenting with colours and tones and trying to represent the form and composition of the human body with colour. I realised cold colours are perfect for adding depth and they mix beautifully with others, capable of creating a feeling of warmth of body. The arm in the second photo expresses this so well, I am hesitant to finish it as it seems the raw touch to it is too fitting.
Ron Mueck (Ron Moo-ick) has long been one of my favourite artists and source of inspiration. It is not the almost surreal realistic quality to his work that fascinates me, but the many implications within his works which I find captivating. Playing simply with different scales, awkward bodies and seemingly normal settings, every piece of his manage to tell a different story every time you view it. Sometimes the work is talking about a person being very uncomfortable with themselves, sometimes it is talking about discrimination, sometimes issues in society. The detail, the particularity of craft, only serves to better express the idea.
On a everyday basis we interact with people, be it our boss, friend or even a random stranger. How we respond to people is based on instinct, especially if it is someone we do not know. Before we even speak to them, we subconsciously take them in from head to toe and form an idea of the person. Glasses – hoodie – baggy track pants – trainers – backpack? Nerd. White tee – casual blazer – trousers turned up at ankle – leather slip ons – man clutch? Some artsy fartsy dude.
This sounds suspiciously judgmental and discriminatory, but it isn’t. What we wear and how we carry ourselves is, in a way, a visual manifestation of our self. Our perception of beauty is consolidated by our personality, experiences and thoughts. When the latter changes, so does the former. The visual reflection of this is the way in which we present ourselves. ”Style” is beautiful in that it is unique and should rightfully be so as it is something so individual and personal. As such when herds of little Hollister and A&F sheep wander around, I get a little sad at the lack of individuality and personality I see. A t-shirt from Hollister can be worn in a million different ways by a million different people because we are different. When you wear a Hollister t-shirt with Hollister track pants and a Hollister hoodie to top it off, looking no different from the person next to you, what does that say about you?
It is not so much the brand I am nitpicking on, but the culture. The expression of self seems to be diminishing as an increasing number of people are stripping away the importance and the value in making a visual statement. Who you see in the mirror is who you are. You can choose to be a dot in the crowd or grow a little character.
Mr. J is a Very Important Person with whom I had a long discussion just yesterday, which is the reason why posts have been in a bit of a jam these two days. He is both the mentor and critic of my work this year, and there is something we spoke of yesterday that inspires and confuses me greatly.
Normally as critiques go you walk in, talk work and walk out. Mr. J however seems to enjoy artsy, philosophical chitchat. After expressing general satisfaction he told me that I had a fair amount of talent, but it was the rigidness of my working process that disallowed me from exploring my capabilities fully. I was confused.
I work with clarity and I design aiming to solve. He proposed a different creative thought process. He said that we do not design to solve, because that is easy. We should be designing to create problems which we then tackle with inventions of innovation. In other words we should propose a plausible concept, then experiment with different designs to best express the concept. With each concept-induced design the functionality then becomes a problem. By solving the questions you invoke, the design molds accordingly.
He believed that by working with this open-minded yet meticulous approach, you allow yourself to surpass the limits of your talent. It is not the result which is beautiful, but every step along the way. The result alone cannot speak. It is when all the designs all speaking the same language are assembled into a frame, that we see beauty. Because the language of your creation speaks of you and you only.
Sioin Queenie Liao is an USA-based artist who has produced this adorable collection with her son Wengenn. Each of her staged photos tell a miniature story of little Wengenn’s adventures, all fantastically fairytale-like. The collection assembled together made an album called “Wengenn in Wonderland”.
Her concept was “to create a series of photos portraying him exploring his imaginary, enchanting fairytale-like world.” To depict the little boy as though visualising the dreams he might be having in his sleep expresses the idea of dreaming in reality so beautifully, I was thoroughly impressed. Please do go through the rest of her work at the link below.
Architect João Branco reconfigured a small office building to a home with simplicity and clarity. With three pieces of wooden structures he maps out the floor into living room, dining area, study, kitchen and toilet. Granted, it is not the most spectacular of designs, but it is beautiful in that it solves the issues given in a strategical, smooth way. As Branco said, “The objects are designed to provide the greatest possible sobriety, resulting in a high degree of abstraction and giving the house enhanced spatial clarity.”
With only three unconventional pieces of combined furniture, a home is created. One that accommodates all the necessities a human requires in a living space.
“I am as strong as steel and as fragile as a rose. I thrive in the light and shrivel in the dark. I am both confident and insecure.
In the end, I am just a normal person. I am not complicated like people perceive me to be; I disguise my simplicity with complexity fearing someone may taint it. In fear of being left behind I run like the wind to leave others behind. In fear of growing accustomed to one special person beside me, I allow many to surround and leave me as they will.
I am haunted by my past and deathly afraid of the nightmare which lurks in the shadows, awaiting my return.
I thought I was strong enough until he disappeared one sudden day. Then I realised I never was. Seeing him, talking to him, it all seemed so natural I hadn’t realised it had become a habit as casual as a morning coffee. It feels as though I was tracing a wriggly line on the walls of my imagination for eternity, only to find it breaks off. The line ends on a dot so clean and crisp my finger pauses over it, and I start to doubt whether there was a line to begin with. The line disappears, the dot disappears.
And then I realise there is nothing to grasp onto anymore except this blank whiteness.”
spiritual art adopts in order to adorn; but they do not adorn, because they are no longer conscious of that purpose and that function.