Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


Design Brooklyn: Renovation, Restoration, Innovation tracks the trajectory of Brooklyn’s urban development – from ramshackle and rough around the edges to a posh and leafy enclave for NYC creative types. Of special note, is the spread on Beastie Boy Mike D.’s Cobble Hill townhouse, which features an array of designed in Brooklyn pieces including wallpaper, curtains, lighting, and furniture. A new mammoth volume, Powerhouse 4 highlights 124 awe-inspiring retail interiors. Showcasing the latest trends in environmental design, the book includes bakeries, boutiques, sneaker shops, and supermarkets that captivate the imagination of the consumer and elevate shopping to a whole new level. Franco Maria Ricci’s Labyrinths: The Art of the Maze documents labyrinths in a myriad of mediums including stamped on coins, traced in manuscripts, cultivated in gardens, and even its history in literary quotations.

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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