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Bucheim Museum: Behnisch & Partner

Till now I had only heard of the history and legend attached to the name Günter Behnisch who worked as the principal of Stuttgart based architecture firm Behnisch & Partner for more than five decades. Even though I only experienced his work through photography, I have a sense of his intentions as an architect and a designer of space. I truly admire how his buildings continue to enrich the experiences of the people who encounter them even after he has passed away. That is something that inspires me and gives me something to aspire to. The images in this post are of one of Günter’s finest achievements, the Buchheim Museum in Bernried.

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Dieter Rams Interview

Fantastic little video of an interview with Dieter Rams made by the good people over at Gestalten TV. I always love hearing Rams talk about his ethos, it is something that has definitely elevated my understanding and approach to design.

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Tokyo Stock Exchange 1990: Andreas Gursky

I have always really loved the work of Andreas Gursky, this is an especially compelling image of his. I don’t think any other image has captured this many identical black suits in action.

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Grid Haus: The Berlin Home of Erik Spiekermann and Susanna Dulkinys

Erik Spiekermann is a designers designer, and I say that because he is a typographer and typeface designer. Most people beyond designers will never know what it is a type designer does. We however understand the tedious nature that is tied directly to the acute calculations and gridded precision. These design principals translate so well into the house Spiekermann designed for him and his wife in Berlin. The seven story house reads as if it were the template over which Erik would layout type specimens, and maybe that’s because it is. He used a unit 45 centimeters square as a building block or grid that was adhered to throughout the design of the house. The facade even has an extremely graphic and grid like quality, that can partially be attributed to the treatment of opaque glass panels used both to let in light and to give added privacy. Another great feature has to be the stainless steel Bulthaup kitchen and the bookcase that is only apparently accessible by repelling over the balcony edge. And I can’t forget to mention the ridiculous camera collection that is so perfectly poised on that shelf.

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Bruce Lee: “A man must constantly exceed his level.”

“Bruce had me up to three miles a day, really at a good pace. We’d run the three miles in twenty-one or twenty-two minutes. Just under eight minutes a mile [Note: when running on his own in 1968, Lee would get his time down to six-and-a half minutes per mile]. So this morning he said to me “We’re going to go five.” I said, “Bruce, I can’t go five. I’m a helluva lot older than you are, and I can’t do five.” He said, “When we get to three, we’ll shift gears and it’s only two more and you’ll do it.” I said “Okay, hell, I’ll go for it.” So we get to three, we go into the fourth mile and I’m okay for three or four minutes, and then I really begin to give out. I’m tired, my heart’s pounding, I can’t go any more and so I say to him, “Bruce if I run any more,” —and we’re still running-“if I run any more I’m liable to have a heart attack and die.” He said, “Then die.” It made me so mad that I went the full five miles. Afterward I went to the shower and then I wanted to talk to him about it. I said, you know, “Why did you say that?” He said, “Because you might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.”

This story was recounted by Stirling Silliphant a friend, colleague and student of Lee’s.

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