urban development

A Study in Urban development | Urban decay by Keith Wyman

A recent Q&A with Modern Midwest got me to thinking... reflecting on urban inspiration in particular.

Here's a link to their site and this recent interview: http://modernmidwest.com/my-modern-midwest-beyond-furniture-design/

And a series of photos submitted with footnoted thoughts and interpretation of my surrounding landscape as of late.


The Riverside Plaza: photo by @morgansheffphoto for @archmnmag.

I love how Morgan has captured this space.

Beautifully designed works of architecture that, in my opinion, doesn't get the attention or credit it deserves.

Ralph Rapson's brutalist vision freeze-framed perfectly.

And the Piet Mondrian inspired colored panels just pop off the screen.

I love everything about these concrete structures.

Makes me want to design and build my own concrete home...



The Riverside Credenza

A study in Rapson:

Piet Mondrian inspired >

Ralph Rapson inspired >

Riverside Plaza inspired >

Concrete Pig.

Primary color Richlite panels that can be moved and flipped around, and also used as its interior shelving.

Heavy. Everything you'd want in a brutalist piece of furniture weighing in at just over 600 lbs., but light in appearance as the concrete body floats over its concrete angled legs.

The most annoying to move, but easily the most fun and gratifying to create to date.



To age with dignity.

We all age.

But I'll continue to fight time and refuse the fact that each passing year goes by faster than its predecessor.

But even the graffiti starts to fade, eventually.



Post Punk | Modern

An old graffitied wall.

Urban development | Urban decay.

The promise of inevitability on the surface of a table built in an attempt to withstand time.


I love wild street art.

Graffiti on graffiti on graffiti.

Bright colors. Electric emotion. Artistic off-the-cuff expression.

This picture makes you want to reach out and touch it all.

And grab a spray can, find a corner of the wall and contribute to its never ending story.

Photo by @josefharris of @bodega_ltd



A tattooed image on concrete.

An old pamphlet insert, 1960's advertisement for modern lighting.

Dissected, tweaked, magnified and combined with an image of a pig.

Banksy-esque. Who undoubtedly has provided some level of subconscious inspiration.

Just a girl and her pet pig.

Permanently graffitied on a piece of furniture. Because why can't art live on furniture?

Photo by @josefharris of @bodega_ltd



There is something to be said about the perfect pairing.

Of two materials coming together in a way you might not think possible.

And when they do, the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts.

There is a yin and yang to all that we do.



Pragmatism v Idealism

Nature v Nurture

Art v Function

The Harlan | Wood v Concrete

An opportunity to fight, and join forces with nature. All at the same time. 

For now, let's ignore the inevitable.

And make believe we can stop time dead in its tracks.

Photo by @josefharris of @bodega_ltd