Our senses are a catalyst for how we consume our life. And although five are talked about the most, the auxiliary senses define how we live. This month, as we embark on designs for an upcoming capsule furniture collection with GATHER Table Co. we explore the fringe senses and how we interact with design- and thus the world.
Impermanent balance, present in nature, found in the way snow settles or the precarious stones of the Garden of the Gods, or by hand built cairns serving as markers and rites of passage. While people question the profundity of cairns and the perfect stance of their colliding corners and edges; the elemental response is: Balance. Take note on the practice of stacking and imitate the primal days of building shelter from stones and seeking poetic gravity.
TIME/ LICHEN & MOSS
I was 12 years old and standing at the trailhead of the Superior hiking trail with nothing but a backpack full of food and an extra pair of wool socks. Leading up to camp that summer I received a letter of all the things to pack and as strongly as sunscreen was encouraged, leaving all traces of time at home was too. For weeks that summer I had no concept of the ante meridiem-post meridian pace and relied on only the sun's cycle and the cues from the people around me. We ate when the group was collectively hungry and went to bed as fast as the sun set. And when you have nothing to do but walk, you keep your eye's gaze focused on your feet and you get to know the earth. It was then that I fell in love with the subtleties of moss. A plant that clings to the earth and craws wherever its conditions have led it. It's vivd and unassuming- quiet and a most beautiful color.
PRESSURE/ VIKING CHAIR
As sophisticated and uncomplicated as furniture construction gets. This paradox may seem a tad dramatized but look at this chair. Two boards joined by slotting a very long tenon through a simple mortise. The 'Stargazer' or 'Viking' chair is traced back to the Viking Age (c. 800-1050AD) and hallmarked by its 'X' construction. Archeologists say it was designed to be transportable for long oceanic voyages. And we thought IKEA invented flat pack shipping.