Room to Read

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For NYCxDesign earlier this month, furniture company Vitsoe created a little quiet space – a reading room for fair-goers to sit, drink coffee, read a book and take a break. Flavorwire put together a great collection of some of the best reading rooms around the world – a terrific round-up that reminded us of how great it can be to have an inspiring space for getting lost in a book. Included are Van Alen books’ bright yellow, angular wooden seating/stairs (shown), the British Museum’s massive domed reading room, and the Victoria and Albert Museum’s bookshop reading room, which is paired with a wine bar.

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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