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Bedside tables

I have a friend who is fascinated by what is on people’s bedside tables. A reflection of what is going on for them perhaps. I have always been very careful not to let her see mine. I have the usual lamp, alarm clock and somewhere a book that I’m reading. There’s also a cold, half finished cup of tea/milk/water, toys that don’t belong to me, nail clippers, a box of pale blue Dylon that has no other home, a cat’s collar (why?) and I hate to admit yesterday’s contact lenses and dust. Horrid.

Today there was a rare glimpse of a more exciting and stylish bedside table that I’m happy to share with you. It does reflect what I’m ‘into’ at the moment.

Firstly, the origami ball. I MADE that. I am proud of that. It was easier than I’d imagined but I won’t lie, it was quite difficult. I have Kade Chan to thank. His/her? You Tube video is brilliant. It took about two hours. I need to find larger pieces of paper so that I can make light shades. If you don’t have the stomach for making the Magic Ball but quite fancy a cool light shade Studio Snowpuppe have lovely ones.

The book under the ball arrived yesterday. I have only recently come across the work of Bruno Munari. A name I recognise but don’t know much about. I found a great blog by Oliver Tomas that had a post all about him. It mentions his book, Design as Art, written the year that I was born and sold along side the classic Ways of Seeing by John Berger. Oliver has included excerpts from it in his post. I read them all. I haven’t read the book yet but it appears to explore what it means to Munari to be a designer and seems as relevant now as it must have in 1966.  My favourite is one about making books for children:

Children’s Books

Knowing children is like knowing cats. Anyone who doesn’t like cats will not like children or understand them. (93)

To enter the world of a child (or cat) the least you must do is sit down on the ground without interrupting the child in whatever he is doing, and wait for him to notice you. (ibid.)

How have I missed this great book/man during seven years at college?

1 Comment so far

  1. Nick

    Hi Em,

    I like your ball too. Looks like a lot of work. Never heard of Bruno M. either – he gives good quote. Here’s one from Saul Bass:
    ‘I want everything we do to be beautiful. I don’t give a damn whether the client understands that that’s worth anything, or that the client thinks it’s worth anything, or whether it is worth anything. It’s worth it to me. It’s the way I want to live my life. I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares’.

    I have lost many hours of my life as a result of this kind of hopeless romanticism.

    Here’s something I found today. It is kind of for your bedside table:

    http://www.standard-time.com/index2_en.php

    This is just a clip but the original is 24 hours long. And look, you can buy it as a screensaver (which I suppose is desk) or for iphone (bedside table!).
    I just got the iphone app which was only £2.49. Very nice, but you need almost 1GB of space for it.

    Cheers,
    Nick

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