Tiny House

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With so many star architects creating bigger and flashier buildings, it’s refreshing to see Renzo Piano’s new project with Vitra, Diogene, a self-sufficient, minimal house as tiny as can be. At 8.2 feet wide by 9.8 feet long by 11.5 feet high, Diogene’s small footprint makes a big impact. Light, airy with a wood-clad interior, two windows and a skylight, the house efficiently functions with just enough space for a bed, desk and chair, complimented and supported by photovoltaic cells and solar modules, a rainwater tank, natural ventilation, and triple glazing. Currently a prototype on the Vitra campus, the house will be available for purchase in a few years.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


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!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
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.


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



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