There was Aristotle who wrote: “Beauty depends on size as well as symmetry”. There is Don Norman who claims: “Aesthetics matter: attractive things work better”. There are myriads of poets and writers and artists, who all together make one big buzz around beauty. And then there’s a story told by Banksy and that’s my favourite yet.
A short dialogue that the American architect Louis Kahn had with a… brick
“Teeth Teeth Teeth”, a graphic novel by young Lithuanian designer Karolis Strautniekas is a beautiful story – a bit sad, a bit funny – told by a 6-year-old Brigita and revived in pictures. The pictures that, thanks to the magic hand and original style of the author, harmoniously combine and unite the latest digital techniques with that slightly ironic “once upon the Soviet Union times” kind of aesthetics.
A story of a photographer who one day, set out to shoot cars and then made a book, Car Portraits, dedicated to the omnipresent four-wheel creatures that proliferate our roads and our lives.
Architects talking to bricks, photographers shooting car portraits, people building eared houses, designers creating toilet brushes, and artists designing coffeepots for masochists… and then again, architects tuning up public toilets in Kawakawa. What is all this list about? Do they have something in common? Should they?
If you’ve ever been to Certosa di Pavia, the chances are you met Gian Galeazzo. Not the great founding patron of the monastery, but a cat named after the famous Visconti duke. The cat lives there, just as the monks do. And if one of these days you drop by to the Castle of Pavia (for centuries, home to the Visconti dynasty), the chances are you’ll meet Two Cats, currently the most famous among Pavian felines. The cats now live there, enjoying hospitality of the Castle’s hosts.