Category: ideas


I recently learned a new Japanese word called “kintsukuroi,” which means “to repair with gold” and is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with a lacquer resin sprinkled with powdered gold. I have come across articles referring to this idea that these bowls are more beautiful for having been broken. I think about a piece of ceramic pottery made my hand with thoughtful care and consideration. It accidentally breaks. Because it was such a lovely bowl, it is put back together, sealed by gold so the resulting piece has these gold veins coursing though the object, which has even more history. Today, we so easily dispose things, from clothing and accessories, household appliances, furniture bought from H&M, Walmart, and IKEA without a second thought because the quality and craftsmanship was probably not that great to begin with. But if something is lovingly made, I would want to lovingly put it back together.

I love this excerpt from Cami Travis-Groves’ blog:

Some people, more scholarly and patient than I, attribute the origin of the repaired-ceramics artform to story from the mid-1500s. The story goes like this. A great military leader (with a supposedly hot temper) was given a beautiful bowl for an important tea ceremony. Someone dropped the bowl, which broke into five pieces (a more complete essay can be found in “Flickwerk, The Aesthetics of Mended Japanese Ceramics”, available here). One of the guests spoke up with an improvised poem cleverly linking the name of the giver of the bowl, the style of the bowl, and the five broken pieces, making them all laugh and avoiding the wrath of the hot-headed leader. This specific bowl has since become quite famous, and is considered now an “Important Cultural Property.”

This essay goes on to say that instead of the break “…diminishing [the bowl’s] appeal, a new sense of its vitality and resilience raised appreciation to even greater heights.” The bowl has become more beautiful for having been broken. The true life of the bowl “…began the moment it was dropped…” 

“So it is not simply any mended object  that increases in its appreciation but…the gap between the vanity of pristine appearance and the fractured manifestation of mortal fate which deepens its appeal.”

In other words, the proof of of its fragility and its resilience is what makes it beautiful.



the cult of done manifesto


The Cult of Done Manifesto

  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  3. There is no editing stage.
  4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
  5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  7. Once you’re done you can throw it away.
  8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
  9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
  10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
  11. Destruction is a variant of done.
  12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  13. Done is the engine of more.

This goes on the list of stuff that makes me feel like i haven’t done enough stuff and motivates me to get stuff done. Or get a rubix cube at least.

via Bre Prettis

Thanks Angela!

eiko ishioka

She was brilliant.


via wabisabi

laurent laveder’s moon

via wabisabi

conceptual art crush :: suzy lelièvre

via Trendland

green man made me grin

Yuki Matsueda, inspiring me to look at objects with fresh eyes.

via Trendland

video crush :: “masterpieces” by george jensen & alfredo häberli

via Wallpaper

type fluid

by skyrill via designboom

via creem

robert montgomery #30

thanks Angela!

floating dwellings

i’m enchanted by these highly conceptual daydreams of HOME

via dornob

33 ways to stay creative

i don’t always like lists, but i enjoy this one.

via Today & Tomorrow

thanks Angela!

sarah kay :: project v.o.i.c.e.

2 design articles

Interesting articles as we venture forth in new ways of living with the design, innovation, technology that is all around us, and how that affects approaches, work processes, and etc. etc.

CEO Talk | Emanuele Carminati Molina, President, Valextra

Scott Dadich & Gael Towey: The Future of Design in Media

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