Tonight I slipped out of work for a bit and walked across the street to meet up with AMT and Jan. We were heading over to IDEO to see the launch of the book I Miss My Pencil, by Martin Bone and Kara Johnson. While I can’t really review the book in any depth because I only thumbed through it, I did get to experience a number of the objects in the book. Martin Bone was nice enough to walk me through a couple of the themes and objects that were on display in their office. The booked was based on three sections: Aisthetika, Punk Manufacturing, and Love+Fetish. While I don’t want to directly quote him, I think he described it as ideas that feel into senses, materials and emotions.
My favourite object wasn’t an actual piece but a mold for an object. It was the casing for a cork wine bottle. It looked like a bottle in cased in a block of ice. I’d be happy to put it on my desk and stare at it for a while. The other concept design that I thought was memorable had to do with music. It was a vinyl player that from the top looked like a square record. To play music a RFID card would be thrown onto the player to indict the song. As more cards are tossed on to the player, they would be played sequentially.