Copy This

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Always reliably illuminating and questioning larger issues impacting design in a witty way, Droog takes aim at creative license and Chinese manufacturing with a new exhibit – in China. “The New Original” is a collection of objects including designs by Studio Droog, Richard Hutten, Stanley Wong and Urbanus. All subvert traditional Chinese designs and concepts – a typical teapot with an industrial handle, and an inverted restaurant with a mini dining table inside a fishtank. Droog Lab even led a “field trip” to Shenzhen – China’s capital of copycat manufacturing. The exhibit is on view in a shopping mall in Guangzhou, China through April 9.

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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