You may ask yourself, “Well, how did I get here?”
–Talking Heads, Once in a Lifetime
Indulge me please. I have enough years behind me to be able to view the paths and detours I’ve taken. Some things have been long held and constant, a love of the landscape for one, but more than that, a love of great design in all of its forms has allowed me to crisscross visual boundaries and to work in several disciplines along the way.
When connected, these visual stops on the road–and many more, create a snapshot of my design sensibilities. It’s not the total story of how I got from here to there…but it’s a big part of it.
It started in the 60s. Mod London, pop art, the counterculture were at the beginning of my travels.
Then I discovered Art Noveau and Modernism almost simultaneously.
I could post 1000s of visuals, but as I said, indulge me. Flash forward through travel to other places, personal journeys and interests in Punk, Postmodernism, Grafitti, Anime, Wabi Sabi, Neo Geo, Adams architecture, fashion (always that) and too many more combined with a deeper interest in those who created the designed outdoor environment at the same time. I written about many of them here…Halprin, Rose, and Shipman to name a few.
If I look at this partial plan of Versailles, I see elements of all of the above.
Flash forward again. While I carry those experiences and many others with me there are too many for a simple blog post and this isn’t a memoir or autobiography. What intrigues me now is rooted in pop culture, history and technology. My work, I think, reflects those interests with strong lines, nods to tradition and a genuine respect for the land I’ve been working on. Lately though, this isn’t enough to contain my diverse interests and I’ve taken on a new project. One that I hope will help people to understand that great design extends past our doorways. You didn’t think you’d be able to read a post without me having a shameless plug for Leaf in it did you?
For other designers’ interpretation of getting from here to there,Simply click on the links below and enjoy the journey.