Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism. This book explores the work of Paul Evans and his workshop through the mid and later half of the 20th century. One of my favorite designers, Paul Evans worked across mediums to explore material, form, and function to push boundaries and redefine modern furniture. He works at far extremes of modern industrialism with a sterile flare, and textural sensual sculpture with a nod towards arts and craft materiality. This work has had great influence on me as I set a path forward in furniture design today.
Bellman Espresso Maker Steamer. The Bellman Espresso maker Steamer is one of my favorite objects during quarantine. I don’t consider it ‘designed’ but a ‘high quality utilitarian object’. A lot can be said for well-engineered, well-made objects whose form follow function but none the less feel designed. Utility becomes Design, especially those that we can use every day for an intimate experience. It’s a confusing object that looks like it belongs in a laboratory, not a kitchen. With multiple knobs, a huge pressure dials, and two spouts, the contraption is a bit complicated to use at first. But once you dial it in and figure it out a nice cup of coffee is easy to get. I don’t consider myself a huge coffee snob, but if you saw me using this obscure machine you might get the impression that I am.