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The Preamble

This blog is about what’s pertinent and real to us as designers of the built environment, while some of it is imagined and yet to be realized- it is still real.  The title is an adaptation of the Vitruvian ideals from his “10 books on Architecture“, the image above is the “Vitruvian Man” by Leonardo da Vinci.  His words were Commodity, Firmness and Delight.  I felt that a little updating was needed and if I was using the words that matter most to me; it would be first of all Beauty.

Beauty, because all that function over form stuff just got stale, didn’t it? Isn’t function a given in our technology and efficiency obsessed culture?  I would rather be inspired by my surroundings than processed through them.

Permanence has multiple meanings for me, it means that things are well made through craftsmanship, great materials, and also that there is more than a mere “shelf-life” to design, but that things are truly timeless.

Delight is such a great word, because without delight- why even bother?

Delight can take many forms, it can be an Ipod or the Eiffel Tower but it can’t be boring.  It engages us, it enlivens us, oh delight-  it’s the spice of life!  It makes life better, more enjoyable, neater, cooler and more wonderful.  Whoever said, “I don’t have anything in my house I don’t know to be useful or believe to be beautiful“.  That guy knew about delight.

These words will be more than just a title, they will give order to the subject matter and posts that will follow.  Please chime in with your thoughts or musings as well.  We won’t limit ourselves to only architecture or interior design, but those topics will be our mainstay.



  1. Posted 09/18/2010 at 12:23 AM | #


    Well done. Fancy looking blog. Permanence is great design that is built as designed. You and Louis have that permanence in design. It won’t be torn down 50 years from now. Good seeing you today.


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      Posted 09/19/2010 at 9:59 PM | #

      Kelly, I am shooting for more than 50! But neither one of us will likely be around to find out, so we just have to make it as good as we know how to do! Thanks for the kind words too-

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