Guh, this weekend was tiring, I’m looking forward to a relaxed week but that is never a guarantee. I drove so much this weekend and barely have gotten any sleep. This is why I am cutting this post short tonight and saving it for tomorrow.
Alright so it’s like 7 am on a Saturday. I’ve actually been up since 5:38. This is nothing new, happens all the time. The other thing that isn’t new is that I’ve been telling myself to get up and go to the gym since about 5:50. All I’ve done so far this morning is waste time on the internet.
I should really get up though as I am having brunch with Jewlie at 10 then we are going ANTIQUE MALLLLLL.
Anyway, after that I have to get to my parents house and swap cars so I can make it to Carlsbad for Rossman’s wedding. I swear I know more people getting married this year than Daves. That was a weird comparison, but it might be true. I might know more people getting married this year than guys named Dave/David.
Tomorrow! I am going to be volunteering at Dwell on Design with the Inhabitat crew. I’m kind of looking forward to that but also hoping it doesn’t involve a lot of talking to strangers. I kind of hate people. I also hate having to BS with people if they ask me a question to which I do not know the answer. I probably shouldn’t BS them but it’s probably not helpful to the booth owners just to have me there being a middle man in the question/answer game. Still, free pass to the exhibition, woohoo!
After that it’s on to Saddle Ranch for some mechanical bull riding with team bad decision. This should be interesting.
I’ll be sure to take pictures of the weekend. Speaking of which, I should probably charge my camera now if I want to be able to catch anything.
While watching Objectified on Thursday night my mind started moving like gears of a clock. I took away lots of great ideas and revelations about design. I kept thinking “Okay, remember THIS for after the movie.” and “Make sure to put THAT into Evernote.”
I think it’s funny how I have to actively tell myself to make mental notes on things, I spent a lot of my childhood not being inquisitive because I would just accept things the way they are instead of asking millions of questions like other kids. This is probably why I failed so hard at making notes in margins of passages in scholastic tests and in core reading books. I was always like “Who cares? Move on with the story. All will be explained later… probably.” (Maybe it was an exercise in patience. No, that’s can’t be it, as an adult I have no patience whatsoever.)
Initially, I was asking questions like “What about design they going to cover in this film?” and “How are they going to cover everything about product design?” The latter question then spurred the thought that there should probably be a film made about every single object that’s ever been made! (If not “should” then at least probably “could”.)
There were over 130 exhibitors crammed into (and a little bit out of) Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA the weekend of March 14- 16 as CA Boom held their annual trade show. This was the 5th anniversary of the show and my first time attending. The event caters to architects, designers, students, and fans of sustainable and innovative home design. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to catch any of the panel discussions or project/home tours that were part of this event but I did browse the exhibit hall for a few hours and came across some great exhibitors.
Among the exhibitors featured was Varian Designs. This San Francisco furniture company takes reclaimed timber and turns it into architecturally inspired furniture. At their CA Boom booth they had two simple yet amazing items on display, a bench and a table.
The pictures don’t really do them justice but these two pieces were easily my favorite items at the show. When I asked what was used to stain the pieces the booth representative informed me that the wood was taken from wine barrels that previously resided in a Napa Valley winery and the color comes from the wine that have been sitting in them for years. They’ve created something not only beautiful but also purposeful, without creating more waste.