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December 04, 2012

Have you watched "Powers of 10" lately?

Charles and Ray Eames’ 1977 short film feels simultaneously slightly dated and like it’s on the cutting edge. As Philip Morrison narrates the process of “giant steps” carrying us “into the outskirts of the galaxy,” it feels like an homage to the unbounded optimism of modernism – to the conviction that science, reason and knowledge will free us from the constraints of god and religion. And yet, Morrison points out, as we look on the universe as we understand it, “this emptiness is normal.” Perspective may shift, a sense of oneness can emerges and one might be tempted to take a deep breath. What magic were those Eameses up to, anyway?

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December 02, 2012

BassamFellows' black tie.

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“When we launched BassamFellows in 2003, our whole thing was oiled teak and oxidized brass, but we were surrounded by bright plastics,” Craig Bassam told design writer Mandi Keighran last February. “We were this odd thing, this very natural thing. Craft wasn’t a word used much back then.”

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