June 07, 2006

contemporary design

dear ingmar,

believe it or not there was a time when i loved all things pretty, frilly, and soft. shabby chic, some like to call it -- slip-covered white couches, lace curtains, victorian accents, antique furniture, louis xiv style chairs - an overall tribute to the romanticism of a past era.

whenever someone mentions minimalist design, i would grimace in disgust. how cold, how hard, how uncomfortable, i thought. in college my dorm room was plastered with opera posters and fashion magazine cut-outs. it was bright and warm and very very colorful.

maybe i am changing, maybe the work i'm doing is changing me, but for whatever reason contemporary design is now very appealing. declutter. desaturate. delineate your life with straight edges and solid colors. geometricize your thoughts. love in rectangles. strip the leaves off of your overpriced uptown florist tulips and fan out the stems to create clean botanical allure. keep pets under 15lbs. install a gourmet kitchen that you'll pretend to use only to impress guests.

sorry, i got carried away.

maybe it's this industry or maybe it's just the city but the sleek lines of modern style no longer feel cold and hard to me. or maybe it's just i've become cold and hard. you like what you are, right?

thank god i'm moving to paris. hopefully it'll jolt some life back into this desolate frozen tundra that i've become.

somewhat disheartened,
-- j


Blogger Rob said...

hi j
You do sound a little disheartened in this post. Minimalism -what bliss. Throwing out the clutter is like getting rid of all the superfluous stuff in my mind. Pure simplicity; nothing, absolutely nothing, just walls the ceiling and the floor.

By the way, that's a lot of travelling planned for 2006. Are you really going to Tibet? I've been learning Tibetan since October last year and am fascinated by both the language and the culture, the art of which is far from minimalist.

This is a link to a picture of the monster of impermanence or wheel of life
http://www.buddhanet.net/wheel2.htm, which has some similarities with Bosch's Seven Deadly Sins.

11:37 AM  
Blogger -- j said...

thanks for that great link.
yes, i'm going to tibet for 2 weeks in july. part of my heritage has roots in buddhism so it'll be an interesting experience to say the least.

8:51 PM  

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