Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Day 089 (30.03.10)

Dag niogfirs. Tuesdays, ah, tuesdays. First an orthodontist's appointment, then parent's evening. Then writing this blog, then hopefully bed. But hey, just think; only one more day of school and it's the Easter holidays. I'm now over that thing that happened on Sunday (check back two posts to find out what), but I think it was clear that I was yesterday as well. Hey, I watched the last episode of the current season of Glee today. A really great ending, and it's finally got Mr. Schuhster's stupid wife out of the way. And Sue too - or at least for now. But unfortunately it's three weeks until Glee starts again.


OK, onto some more modern design (from the Eames chairs of recent posts). Found on Industrial Design Served, this 'Dress Me' chair really is a good concept. The idea is to make a chair that is like a doll: you can 'dress' it in whatever colours you want. There's space for a coloured fabric headrest, and space for a coloured fabric seat. The frame on its own is completely ambiguous, and has no visual identity; it is a great blank canvas to start off with. You can add the same colour headrest as seat, or complimentary colours, or clashing colours, or only a cover on the seat... the possibilites may not be endless, but they sure do go on for a while. And, on top of all this, the chairs are stackable.


To revive an old topic, Karrde pointed out an article from the Independant website to me about Købke's work being shown in the National Gallery in London. It's similar to the one I saw in the G2 magazine, and it calls Købke the 'Danish master of light' - I completely agree. Most of the Frederiksborg castle paintings have a pale, pink-tinted sky that really gives them a calm atmosphere. Especially one of the red-frame gatehouse, where it almost seems that the red of the metal framework is seeping into the sky, creating a pink tinge.

The article says the watchword with Købke's paintings is order. I agree, but in creating such complete order (with perfect verticals and horizontals, and people going about their everyday business in a calm and orderly fashion) Købke creates a sort of dream-like mood to the paintings, which in a way make it seem uneasy. The picture above sees people relaxing in a still snapshot of the gatehouse of Fredriksborg castle. The harsh light and calm sky, combined with the seemingly unmoving people (it is not hard to imagine that in this painting nothing is moving - there is no motion. The people are still, the clouds are still, it is static) create an ethereal tone to the pictures. OooooOOOooOOOOoOOOOooo...


~John

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