Cane & Able

Italians have style, no matter their age. But aids for the elderly often don’t show any consideration of design sense. Italian-Singaporean designers Lanzavecchia + Wai recognized this, and thus created a series of well-designed walkers, canes, chairs, and a magnifying lamp to integrate into domestic homes with style. Cheekily-named No Country for Old Men, the walking canes recognize modern needs – with a tray for tea, a basket for reading materials, and an iPad stand. The chair is a modern design of wood, with metal arm rests and a foot bar that allow sitters to use their body weight to tip it forward, helping them to stand.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.

 

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!

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I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)

 

 

Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.

 

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