Space for Waiting

We are so focused on going and doing, efficiently and quickly – and much of our world is designed toward this.

But what about the time we spend waiting? How do we design for it?

The Eames designed iconic benches are still common in waiting areas in airports. But now, for a less common waiting situation, Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta designed a pavilion for a very specific task – sitting and spending time observing wild reindeer. The masterfully crafted wood pavilion in a national park in Northern Norway is the last area where the animals roam wild. The design provides panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, and a soft wood, undulating seat for optimal reindeer viewing. The wooden beams were constructed using ship building techniques, and a Gyrofocus fireplace hangs from the ceiling to provide warmth while you wait.

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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