City Escapes

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Two exhibitions on view over the ICFF weekend in NYC a few weeks back focused on getting out of the city – the transport, tools used, and benefits to the general state of mind achieved upon leaving. “Here & There,” from the designers of Various Projects and Field, gathered a great group of designs around the theme of travel and adventure. Included were a kevlar canoe by Colgate Searle and Matthias Pliessnig, and a well-designed travel cocktail kit, Morris Kitchen’s Rhubarb Syrup, and Philadelphia’s Art in the Age liquors, all packaged up nice and neat in a wood box with glasses, coasters, and shaker. “Off the Grid” at Gallery Pure also explored escape – in the form of camping, a collaboration between designers François Chambard and Frederick McSwain. Included were a beautifully simple A-frame tent, anodized aluminum and maple wood trunks, and quirky Corian-based lanterns in various shapes and sizes.

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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