As we move forward on design and prototypes for our modular system, I’m honored that my home has been included in a beautiful new book by Sibylle Kramer and Braun Publishing. In addition to all the credit due Alexander Dzurec and Autotroph, it’s important to be clear that houses don’t win design awards or get included in 10 pound coffee table books with globe-spanning subjects without outstanding photography. Kate Russell, a Santa Fe-based photographer, is largely to blame for all the positive attention focused on my house. Her eye, energy and enthusiasm come out in her framing of any situation from architecture to questionable antics. If you have an opportunity to work with Kate––no matter where you or your project are based, I highly recommend it.
Kramer’s book may represent the notion of using industrial elements and the raw bones of structures––the pentimenti of construction––as being a fresher idea than it actually is, but it makes for a compelling menagerie of impressive projects and it’s wonderful to be included. It’s a little more poppy and playing to the masses than your average architectural tome but that doesn’t really detract from curation that spans a remarkable breadth from residential to retail and reaching out in all directions. For many of us, wabi sabi is a basic instinct and materials that tell a story will always be more compelling than shiny, perfect and soulless.