John and I just got back from Norway where the weather was phenomenal and everyone was living outside. The trip focused on family and friends, but there is beautiful design in Norway too. On the southern leg of our trip we stayed at the Farris Bad Hotel and Spa in Larvik, John’s hometown, which hangs out over the fjord.
In the harbor we stumbled upon this stunningly high-tech boat. It’s a Goldfish. Check out the minimal upholstery and Apollo 13 style control panel.
Our last stop was in Siljan where John’s brother, recently finished a renovation on the family cottage.
As many know, I love a contemporary upgrade to a rustic structure, and the dining area at Pete and Linda’s place now features two of my Eclipse lamps and a rooster photograph by our friend Rune Stokmo.
This post could have been much longer. Norway is inspiring in its colors and landscape and we were entertained in more than one beautiful cottage. Many thanks to Freyr (the Norse god of weather) who smiled upon us with ten perfect days, and to everyone who made our stay in Norway such a delight. I love design, but the picture is not complete until you fill it up with family, friends, food and laughter.
I was away when Massimo Vignelli passed, but I came across this in a drawer yesterday. A 1972 subway map of his mastermind that I picked up on ebay as inspiration.
I only had one real interaction with Mr. Vignelli. It was in the 90s, and I was called to work on a project for a watch company. It was a very attractive client, and they gathered a group of illustrious designers. I seem to recall that Tucker Viemeister was there, and the Vignellis. I was one of the youngest and most inexperienced. The meeting fell apart when it became apparent that the client did not want to pay for the design work. Its an age old problem, and I was very happy to have Mr. Vignelli there to explain the economics of design to the CEO.
I am doing a two week residency at Haystack Mountain School of the Arts on Deer Isle Maine. I am sure I will have lots to report when I get back, but internet is scare up here and I am relishing my time in the studio.