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Grouping Prints

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(Source: tamsinjohnson)

I am happy to be back to my blog (August totally disappearing due to laptop

collapse) with a new HDD up and running!

Here is a great example for hanging multiple prints/paintings. which is always a challenge.

This can very inspirational if  you are a collector of special pieces of framed art, but are in

a quandary as to how to display them tastefully.   Your collection will not look exactly like

this, but it will definitely show your own personality!  I, myself, am faced with this problem,

being one of those with an art ‘stash’ which I have recently perused!  Happy Hanging!

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The Mystery

The answer is never the answer. What’s really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you’ll always be seeking. I’ve never seen anybody really find the answer. They think they have, so they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.   -Ken Kesey

photo via Ensuite  Assai

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Water Branch House

WATER BRANCH HOUSE

Exhibition title: MOMA Home Delivery Fabricating the Modern Dwelling
Venue: The Museum Of Modern Art, New York / 11 West 53 Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, NY, USA
2008.07.20 – 2008.10.20
Installation
1.2 m2

KENGO KUMA AND ASSOCIATES

Water block is a piece of plastic tank. By piling them up, you can build anything from furniture to a house. It is very light and easy to carry around. Water or other types of liquid can be stored inside. It is in the shape that each cube of 100×100mm is connected staggeringly so they can be turned into a variety of shapes. Furthermore, it can form a strong structure by joining its concave and convex firmly.

The weight of Water Block can be adjusted by the volume of liquid that you pour inside, and it also can be used as a safe to keep the water for emergency. By connecting the pieces, liquid can flow into the next block and run around within the tanks. By doing so, Water block can function not only as a structure but also as many other roles:
– Thermal insulation
– Network wiring
– Filtering by concave and convex, water purification system with precipitation tank
– Absorbing shock with its soft material
– Lighting equipment
– Storing rainwater
– Greening of wall and floor
– Change its role by the thing you put inside (such as mud, sand, concrete, opaque liquid, etc.)
– Hydroelectric generation

Moreover, Water block is a trial case of using PET, the Hydro/Biodegradable polyester that can eventually go back to the ground. If it is successful, a new sustainable recycling system will be realized that takes the route from a container, to construction material, and to soil.

And I would like to refer you to check out more on neo-modernism by reading

HOME DELIVERY: FABRICATING THE MODERN DWELLING , a MOMA article

that includes a great video of modern dwelling through the years.  Kengo Kuma and

Associates also designed a Starbuck’s in Japan that is out of this world.

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It’s All Really One

But if you go beyond that, you see it’s all really One.

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tea is an act complete …

tea is an act complete in its simplicity.

when i drink tea, there is only me, and the tea.

the rest of the world dissolves.

there are no worries about the future.

no dwelling on past mistakes.

tea is simple: loose-leaf tea, hot pure water, a cup.

i inhale the scent, tiny delicate pieces of the tea floating above the cup.

i drink the tea, the essence of the leaves becoming a part of me.

i am informed by the tea, changed.

this is the act of life, in one pure moment, and in this act the truth of the world suddenly becomes revealed: all the complexity, pain, drama of life is a pretense, invented in our minds for no good purpose.

there is only the tea, and me, converging.

-thich nhat hanh: tea ceremony

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Shoreline

Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it is sent away.

– Sarah Kay

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The Complete Designer

Steve Jobs describes working with the great Paul Rand. I am amazed how articulate and aware Steve was about people and design.

VIA gregmelander

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