Thursday, 26 March 2015

Move the world

"Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world."
Archimedes 

Koloman Moser - Sideboard and Fireplace for Moser’s Guest Room - 1902

Ivo Pannaggi - Casa Zampini - 1925 

Friedrich Kiesler - City in Space - 1925

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

What you intend to form

"Beauty will results from the form and correspondence of the whole, with respect to the several parts, of the parts with regard to each other, and of these again to the whole;that the structure may appear an entire and complete body, wherein each member agrees with the other, and all necessary to compose what you intend to form." 
Andrea Palladio, The Four Books on Architecture, Book I, Chapter I

Ottone Rosai - Case al Sole - 1956

Antonio Donghi - Convento - 1928

Telemaco Signorini - Via Torta Firenze - 1870

Shattered

“The fact is that around 1910 a certain space was shattered. It was the space of common sense, of knowledge (savoir), of social practice, of political power, a space hitherto enshrined in everyday discourse, just as in abstract thought, as the environment of and channel for communication; the space, too, of classical perspective and geometry, developed from the Renaissance onwards on the basis of the Greek tradition (Euclid, logic) and bodied forth in Western art and philosophy, as in the form of the city and town.” 
Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space, 1974
quoted in Astradur Eysteinsson

Caspar David Friedrich - Das Eismeer - 1823-4

Giorgio de Chirico - La mansarda dell’Architetto (L’automa) - 1925

Lebbeus Woods - Underground Berlin - 1988
via Domus

Monday, 16 March 2015

Number, Measure, and Law

"We need number, measure, and law as armor and as a weapon, lest we be swallowed up by chaos."
Oskar Schlemmer, Perspektiven, 1932
quoted by Beau H Rhee

Koloman Moser - Flower basket S 781 - 1906

Giuseppe Terragni - Casa del Fascio - Como - 1932

Sol Lewitt - 21B - 1989
via Archive of Affinities

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Docility

"To me, me personally, here is what meant working in a factory. It meant that all the external reasons (I had believed them internal before) upon which relied the feeling of my own dignity, my self-respect where in two or three weeks radically crushed under the pressure of a brutal and quotidian constraint. And do not believe it raised in me any revolt. No, but on the contrary what I expected least from myself - docility." 
Simone Weil, Lettres à Albertine Thèvenon, 1934-35

Jos Leonard - Man in de Stad - 1912

Piet Mondrian - Le Grand Nu - 1912

Roger de La Fresnaye - Le Jardin, Etude - 1929