"Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer."
-Simone Weil
"I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful."
-Oscar Wilde
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
-R Buckminster Fuller
"One’s destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things."
-Henry Miller
"Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
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-Goethe
"I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace."
-Gaston Bachelard
"We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down."
-Kurt Vonnegut
"The future is already here––it's just not evenly distributed"
-William Gibson
"Happiness is not about more––it's about less"
-Anthony Douglas Williams
"We've multiplied our possessions but reduced our values. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life."
-George Carlin
"We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness."
-Tom Waits
"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do."
-Edgar Degas
"In most large houses, the table furniture, the
cooking materials and utensils, the sink, and the eating-room, are at such distances apart, that half the time and strength is employed in walking back and forth to collect and return the articles used. "
-Catharine Beecher
"Une maison est une machine-à-habiter."
-Le Corbusier

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.

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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.

 

You can check out the book via the publisher or grab it on Amazon or, better yet, hit up your local bookseller about ordering a copy.

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