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I could study these paintings every day for the rest of my life yet still see something new to appreciate and discover. They are a masterclass in composition, color, texture and beauty. How a few simple objects can transform into a masterpiece.

emil carlsen ~ still life with self portrait

still life with self portrait ~ emil carlsen

jean baptiste simeon chardin ~ still life of cooking utensils, cauldron, casserole and eggs, 1733-1734

still life of cooking utensils, cauldron, casserole and eggs ~ jean baptiste simeon chardin, 1733-1734

william merritt chase ~ still life with pepper and carrot, 1900

still life with pepper and carrot ~ william merritt chase, 1900

henri matisse ~ still life,

still life ~ henri matisse

henri rousseau ~ still life with teapot and fruit

still life with teapot and fruit ~ henri rousseau

julian alden weir ~ still life, 1902-1905

still life ~ julian alden weir, 1902-1905

paul cezanne ~ still life with apples, 1879

still life with apples ~ paul cezanne, 1879

gustave courbet ~ still life with apples and pears, 1871

still life with apples and pears ~ gustave courbet, 1871

giorgio morandi ~ still life, 1925

still life ~ giorgio morandi, 1925

vincent van gogh ~ still life with pears, 1888

still life with pears ~ vincent van gogh, 1888

helene schjerfbeck ~ still life in green, 1930

still life in green ~ helene schjerfbeck, 1930

camille pissarro ~ still life, 1867

still life ~ camille pissarro, 1867

willem kalf ~ still life with nautilus cup (detail), 1662

still life with nautilus cup (detail) ~ willem kalf, 1662

henri fantin latour ~ still life glass, silver goblet and cup of champagne, 1871

still life glass, silver goblet and cup of champagne ~ henri fantin latour, 1871

william merritt chase ~ still life with china vase, copper pot, an apple and a bunch of grapes

still life with china vase, copper pot, an apple and a bunch of grapes ~ william merritt chase

william scott ~ kitchen still life, 1948

kitchen still life ~ william scott, 1948

emil carlsen ~ brass kettle with porcelain coffee pot, 1910

brass kettle with porcelain coffe pot ~ emi carlsen, 1910

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reawaken

“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us even in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”
~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden

william merritt chase ~ october, 1893

William Merritt Chase, 1893

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These imaginative environments are the thoughtful work of Tara Mangini and Percy Bright of Jersey Ice Cream Co., a full-service interior design duo who love to travel wherever there’s a space begging for a transformation. They dream, design, build, furnish and style everything you see here.

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“In a world filled with so much design talent, what sets us apart is our connection to the spaces we transform. We truly are homeless home designers, so when we relocate to renovate a home, it becomes more than just a job; it becomes our way of life. Sure, we usually learn that there’s no decent takeout nearby and that the stairs creak. But we learn other things too. We observe the light, we hunt for original floors, we try to figure out what the house looked like five renovations ago. We watch where we find ourselves looking for hooks, wishing for a table, pulling up a chair, and we let those natural tendencies guide our design. By letting the space speak to us along the way, and really tell us what it needs, we are able to create homes that feel true to themselves-sincere yet functional- the homes they were always meant to be.” ~ Tara and Percy

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photos from Jersey Ice Cream Co.

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 Back in the early 1980s, industrial designer Dieter Rams asked himself the question: is my design good design? As good design cannot be measured in a finite way he set about expressing the ten most important principles for what he considered was good design. May you be inspired.

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1) Good design is innovative

The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for innovative design. But innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology, and can never be an end in itself.

2) Good design makes a product useful

A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy certain criteria, not only functional, but also psychological and aesthetic. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could possibly detract from it.

3) Good design is aesthetic

The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products we use every day affect our person and our well-being. But only well-executed objects can be beautiful.

4) Good design makes a product understandable

It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product talk. At best, it is self-explanatory.

5) Good design is unobtrusive

Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.

6) Good design is honest

It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.

7) Good design is long-lasting

It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, it lasts many years – even in today’s throwaway society.

8) Good design is thorough down to the last detail

Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the user.

9) Good design is environmentally-friendly 

Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.

10) Good design is as little design as possible

Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials.

Back to purity, back to simplicity.

Information sourced from Vitsoe, Photo sourced from Bibliotheque

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november

Sixty Years Later I Notice, Inside A Flock Of Blackbirds,

the Venetian blinds
I dusted off

for my mother on
Saturday mornings,

closing, opening them
with the pull cord a few

times just to watch the outside
universe keep blinking,

as the flock suddenly
rises from November stubble,

hovers a few seconds,
closing, opening,

blinking, before it tilts,
then vanishes over a hill.

by David Allan Evans

M.C. Escher ~ Two Birds, 1938
 Two Birds by M.C. Escher, 1938

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