May 13, 2012
SUNDAY FROM MY DESK
I love my desk: This week I really enjoyed staying in Milano and working from my desk. Not only the catching up parts, but the work that makes me really happy. Embracing this surprising quote of Einstein, “ imagination is more important than knowledge.” This seems so amazing for a man of science to think. He then explains, “For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand”.
Working from my desk this week, I could travel in my mind through different times, to different places; find new dreams and make new discoveries, it was a week to imagine.
Imagination was certainly the driving force of Elsa Schiaparelli’s creativity and art. This week with the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City so much has been written about her and her work. I think that the road of imagination great artists like Schiaparelli travel has great humour also.
I wish that I owned these heart soaps she made in the 1950’s. Washing one’s hands with hearts…..what a surrealist vision.
Designed in 1969 by Verner Panton. Here a perfect globe in transparent acrylic and glass reflections. He was the first to create inflatable furniture and pioneered so much in design and materials that I always wondered what a person with that imagination would do to improve the quality of our life and the planet if he were designing today.
Watching nature now and thinking what can make a better world, I am dreaming of the perfect passive energy house I would build on the rocks right by the water. The idea of controlling energy consumption by 90% and helping the climate simply by living in this house is the intention of the Villa Atrium here. First presented in 2008 in Sweden by Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects, it requires minimal heating.
Round like the globe, and a perfect size, it becomes part of nature with the atrium at the center, the heart of the house.
I am always going to look at objects in black and white, but also coming with circles makes these ceramic globes irresistible to buy on line.
Put a candle inside with the summer approaching, and an evening passes on the terrace at 10 Corso Como with the new skyline now growing up around us.
Reading is like traveling. The Via in latin of course is literally the road we take.
Traveling to other places but also to other’s thoughts. Visiting minds and other ways of thinking is a never ending experience when looking through books. One image leading to another and another until one has wandered far from the original idea;
the eyes always taking the first step on this journey.
The circle, the rectangle, the cube – the geometry of Vasarely’s Alphabet Plastique. Here, getting lost in this sculpture by Victor Vasarely, he provides infinite possibilities for the creative act in so few shapes. Considered the father of Op-art, this is just one example of how a sculptor, a painter, a poet, a writer first travels with their minds.
I never thought before that a two hour holiday could be such a relaxation and sensory stimulation. This week I was able to spend only two hours by the sea at Portofino but it was the ultimate positive mini break. The sound of the sea and the infinity of the horizon made time irrelevant and the mind seemed to travel everywhere the sea went, exploring new ideas.