- October 21st, 2016
First, before diving in, a quick note to email subscribers… I know the email version of Wednesday’s post was pretty wonky for some of you. So sorry about that. We have figured out the problem and it shouldn’t happen again. Thanks for your patience and if you have any issues or feedback, please reach out! And now on to this week’s Object of Affection!Like a chic, shiny little mushroom, the Panthella lamp typifies designer Verner Panton’s curvy, playful aesthetic. Now, it’s being revived by manufacturer Louis Poulsen in eight bright colors. I love when a redesign honors the spirit of the original, and in this case, what Poulsen has done is quite neat. In 1971 when the lamp was first launched, Panton had wanted the lamp to be made of metal, but it was not technically possible at the time. Using present-day technology, Poulsen brought Panton’s original vision to life. The colors for the new version also come from Panton himself. Poulson pulled them from the last project Panton worked on before his death in 1998, an exhibit of his work called ‘Lyset og Farven’ (‘Light and Colour’) in Denmark that showcased his vast body of work in a suite of colorful rooms.It’s easy to look at Verner Panton’s work now and see just another nice piece of round, sixties-style design. But Panton was on the avant-garde of this movement, working with plastic, metal, and fiberglass to create organic forms as early as the 1950s, while most of his contemporaries were still in the thrall of modernism’s rigid geometries. Panton broke out of these boxes, quite literally, and created a joyful feeling of flow. Later, Panton moved from furniture into creating whole rooms. (A good place to see these is here, at the online Verner Panton museum.) Describing it as interior design doesn’t
- October 19th, 2016
“Have you seen the slime thing?” We are on FaceTime, A. and I, him in New York and me in Paris. I wonder if this is a B-horror movie kind of thing or maybe an avant-garde art installation he’s talking about. But no, it’s just the latest Instagram phenomenon. “The slime thing” he’s referring to consists of videos, many made by teen girls in Thailand, of hands squishing blobs of colorful translucent slime, often with small colorful pellets or glitter mixed in. A. sent me one video via Instagram, and down the rabbit hole I went, squishing all the way down. If these haven’t crossed your path yet, here are a few videos to get you started…Stretch and poke I have a confetti slime obsession 🙊 Leave requests for slime videos down below 💖 PLEASE READ BIO AND RULES BEFORE BUYING STORENVY ONLY (for now 😝) PLEASE DO NOT PROMOTE YOURSELF IN THE COMMENTS OR PROMOTE ANYTHING OR I WILL DELETE THE COMMENT AND POSSIBLY BLOCK!💢 HATE IS BLOCKED ❌ NOT RESPONDING TO DMS (😩 sorry) YOU CAN PURCHASE ON MY STORENVY (in bio) #slime #slimeusa #slimeamerica #slimethailand #sweetdeco #sweetdecousa #sweetdecoamerica #sweetdecothailand #asmr Slime soothes many people and when people are stressed and have anxiety, they come to this account because it has asmr that people really love to hear that are very satisfying to them :) A video posted by follow for satisfying sounds✨ (@slimeysugar) on Sep 12, 2016 at 11:17pm PDTGUSHERS CRUNCH SLIME🍭💙 Crunchy slime is the best slime. Name creds: @lindsay.swims @jjorrddynn Requests?? #slime #slimeamsr #asmr #slimepoking #slimevideo #slimevideos #sweetdeco #slimeshop #slimelovers #slimelife #slimeusa #slimeamerica #satisfying #oddlysatisfying #floam #crunchy #floamslime #softserveslimecream #crunchyslime A video posted by Theresa🌵 (@rad.slime) on Oct 11, 2016
- October 16th, 2016
I know I shouldn’t, but I can’t help but have my phone with me ALL. THE. TIME. My phone is my alarm clock, my to do list, my timer, my thesaurus, my jukebox, my everything! There’s probably another post to be written about how to have a more balanced relationship with technology, but most of the time, when I need a break what I do is just flip my phone over on my desk or the table so it’s face down. Having it face down avoids the distraction-factor, and if you have a fun case, it offers the added benefit of giving your desk a pop of color. I’ve always liked colorblocking because it reminds me of the color studies we used to do in design school: simple geometric exercises that placed colors together in ways that sometimes resulted in surprising effects. It feels so timeless it’s almost hard to believe that historians trace colorblocking back less than a century to the work of Piet Mondrian. And it wasn’t until the 60s that Yves Saint Laurent created a Mondrian-themed collection and brought colorblocking into the fashion mainstream. If colorblocking speaks to you, here are links to eight cases that can bring a small burst of joy to your daily routine. Links: (1) Harper and Blake, (2) Printed Pretty Gifts, (3) Joy Merryman, (4) Plum Street Prints, (5) Harper and Blake, (6) Casehype, (7) Cafelab on Society 6, (8) Harper and Blake
- October 14th, 2016
In August we visited Copenhagen and saw an incredible show of the Danish artist Poul Gernes at the Louisiana Museum. At that show I learned that Gernes designed an entire hospital in Denmark, called Herlev, that maintains its colorful interiors from the 1970s. I’d never seen such a colorful hospital! This video, sent to me by my friend Sofie, shows the incredible impact of color in the hospital experience. Gernes was originally commissioned to paint just the lobby, but was subsequently asked to add color to the whole building, including the patient rooms.The colors cheer me up and indicate that there’s a world outside where these colors can be found.Gernes described his work in the hospital as having an artistic function as well as an atmospheric one. By atmospheric, what Gernes really meant was that color played an almost structural role, helping people find their way and maintain their bearings in the space. Color breaks the uniformity, the monotony of similar spaces that repeat over and over again. It’s striking for me how much uniformity seems to be an unwritten design rule in institutional spaces, and yet how terrible uniformity is for the inhabitants of a space. Large, uniform spaces are incredibly disorienting, offering no landmarks to aid navigation, and they numb the senses. As Gernes describes, color is an easy way to address these structural issues. “Colors cheer me up because you need them in here,” says Palle Asger Jorn, a leukemia patient at Herlev. “You experience very emotional situations here, when everything is horrible and you don’t feel like going on. The colors cheer me up and indicate that there’s a world outside where these colors can be found, and that’s why I’m here. So I can go out an experience those colors again, and
- October 10th, 2016
This week our theme is colorblocking, so I thought it made sense to kick things off with some colorful blocks. I’d seen pictures of what looked like neon colored boulders in the desert pop up here and there in my instagram feed, which sparked my curiosity. The boulders are an installation called Seven Magic Mountains, by artist Ugo Rondinone. (Incidentally, if you have been watching the #joyspotting feed, you may have noticed that there is an exhibit of Rondinone’s work in New York right now too, at the Gladstone Gallery.) As luck would have it, my friend Maggie Hartnick visited the Seven Magic Mountains a few weeks ago, and I asked if she’d be willing to share her impressions. Here is Maggie’s take, along with some tips in case you choose to make the journey yourself!How did you first hear about the Magic Mountains? The Director of Arts at Kickstarter came in to my company to present some of her favorite creative Kickstarter projects, and Seven Magic Mountains was one of them. I was fortuitously meeting friends in Las Vegas for an upcoming weekend, and that immediately went to the top of my to-do list when I was there. What inspired you to go? Land Art is one of my favorite types of art, so I would travel any distance to go see an extraordinary work, especially in unexpected places (like 30 minutes outside Las Vegas in the desert!). I only needed to see a picture of the Stonehenge-like structures in psychedelic colors to immediately look it up further and make plans to see it. Even if I weren’t going to Vegas, I would have made sure to see it in its two-year stay in the desert. What was it like to encounter the sculptures in the desert? What was the most
- May 9th, 2016
When you stop to think about it, isn’t it amazing that schools often feature some of the worst architecture? We invest millions in building fancy skylit shopping malls, yet shuttle kids off to learn in grey-beige boxes under fluorescent lights.Fortunately, there are some brilliant models for schools popping up around the world, especially in the elementary school space. I’ve been collecting these examples for awhile. Seeing them together inspires me to think maybe there’s an ...
- September 13th, 2016
We were having dinner with our good friends Baxter and Lauren last night, and they mentioned that their daughter Margaux, age 4, has spontaneously started asking a new question at dinner. It seems like a cute, childlike question, but after answering it every night for a week, they noticed it had some surprising effects. The question Margaux asks is: What was the silliest part of your day? It's an endearing question, the perfect example of a child ...
- September 30th, 2016
When I designed the first version of this site, I was flying blind. I found a Wordpress theme that looked clean and simple, and spent hours figuring out how to change the code so that the links would show up a bright sunny yellow. I learned as I went, bolting on new features like I was tinkering under the hood of an old jalopy. So much has changed since then. Mobile phones, Instagram, Pinterest, responsive ...
- May 26th, 2016
“Cheerfulness is an achievement, and hope is something to celebrate.”I was struck by this sentence as I was reading Alain de Botton’s Art as Therapy. For those of us who believe the world needs more joy, this idea is itself something to celebrate. The sentence arises as de Botton is pointing out that artworks deemed “pretty” are often devalued by the art establishment in favor of more challenging or ideologically provocative pieces. Yet these are ...
- September 30th, 2016
I’ve been wanting to do City Guides on this blog for a long time, and I’m excited to kick things off with a guide to one of my favorite cities: Tokyo! It seems like right now everyone is going to Japan. Even President Obama went there this year! And there’s no more fitting city to launch a series of joyful city guides. If you’ve never been to Japan, you might be asking: What makes Japan so ...
- October 1st, 2016
As much as I hate to admit it, I live by my To Do list. While the format changes from time to time — sometimes paper, sometimes apps — it’s a necessary evil in my life, and it's never empty. There is always more To Do. Then last Friday, as I was looking at all the items on my To Do list that I hadn’t managed to complete and thinking about when during the weekend I’d ...