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Isn't it obvious? There can be no appreciation of good things without determining what things are bad. We each have to have our ideals.
I don't see how Pawson's talent or intent should impact judgement of his work. If I didn't know who designed the table, and knew it is MDF, I'd want to know why the hell it is made of multiple "planks" of wood.
Let me be more clear then.1. I am not saying the use of MDF is intrinsically a compromise (I never have--though I don't like covering it in wood veneer to look like solid wood).2. I am saying that the form of this table was dictated by the use of solid wood, as indicated by the designer himself.3. So, when the material composing the table changes from solid wood to a material with different properties, I expect the form of the table to adjust accordingly. Sometimes it is...
It's a compromised execution in that it's a sub-optimal design decision. If not for "imaginary ideals," how would we judge any design at all?If he was going to switch to MDF or "conglomerate" or whatever, why not also seize on the new material's possibilities? An obvious improvement would be to do a single-piece table top--unless there are advantages to gaps I'm not thinking of.
That is true, the Matin production may or may not have started after Driade. But this is getting needlessly argumentative and missing the key points. The design expressed by both the Matin and Driade versions was originally made to incorporate the same wood planks Pawson used for the flooring in his London home. I don't know if he had made such a table or used such floors prior to designing his home, but the point is that the genesis of the table design is tied to the use...
You guys might be confusing what I'm saying. I'm not saying the conglomerate wood makes the Driade version lesser in quality. I am saying that the Driade version is not as pure an expression of the table's design. The table was designed the way it was to make use of solid wood planks. The Driade table is not made of solid wood planks. Using MDF, you don't need to have separate pieces like that to form the tabletop. So, the Driade version is only the way it is because the...
Probably not. Yet, as I am more cynical about motivations and won't assume Pawson is unwilling to compromise on his designs, financial motivation makes as much sense as anything else.After all, how many of the handmade version do you think he's sold--maybe 10?
Or, he is a savvy businessman and realized he could make more money selling a cheaper version that is superficially similar.
John Pawson, for one. He originally designed the tables to be made out of the same solid planks used for his floors.
Does it only become pretentious if the carpet is mint green?
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