designjot

a blog about design, art and ideas

Sunday

26

July 2015

N3 in design

by Julian Cohen,

Previously, I posted a blog about three design principals that can provide a way to enter in into the design experience, Nature - Nurture - Nourish [I will be using with the acronym N3 to abbreviate the principals]. For a typical project, the design process begins with a discussion about objects and outcomes…the WHAT. Less emphasis is given to the process…the HOW, and even less inquiry is given…

Monday

05

January 2015

Local Resources

by Julian Cohen,

I added this text to my website homepage to underscore the impact that supporting local resources has on the resilience and vitality of the community. I plan to post more about regenerative work in the near future. A sustainable community is best served by acting and trading locally. The cornerstone at ARC Design is to increase growth in the community by using local resources in our design projects. ARC is…

Monday

14

July 2014

A tale of two stone fireplaces

by Julian Cohen,

This is a tale of two fireplaces that were crafted by artisans in a lineage that astonishes the imagination. The most recent of these fireplaces was built using tools of the post industrial revolution. The earliest of these fireplaces was built using tools that predate the ancient Greeks. These fireplaces are connected by the tradition of the masonary; the art of working with stone, and yet their stories begin more…

Sunday

22

June 2014

A Story about stone

by Julian Cohen,

This house I designed in the wine country started with a story about stone. 1857 Hungarian, Agoston Haraszthy founded Buena Vista Winery in 1857. Haraszthy’s cellars at Buena Vista were one of the first stone wineries in the state and it was was this stone building along with it’s unique history that inspired my clients. Finding the right stone Informed that the Buena Vista Winery was built with…

Monday

26

May 2014

Nature - Nurture - Nourish

by Julian Cohen, on Design Pricipals, Wabi-Sabi, Living Guild, Nourish, Nurture, Nature

Design principals to live by A story about ourselves, and the choices we make, is expressed in our dwelling. Here are three fundamental design principals that get to the core of the design experience and that I would like to share with you. These principals have nothing to do with aesthetics, styles or trends. They are Nature - Nurture - Nourish. There is a children’s book, The Giving Tree,…

Saturday

03

May 2014

Michael Cullen and the Medici

by Julian Cohen, on Craft, Furniture maker, Medici

Who were the Medici? The Medici were an important family in Tuscany dating back to the late 12th century. The lasting legacy of the Medici was their patronage of the arts. The list of artists supported by the Medici reads as a “Who’s Who” of the Italian Renaissance. In the Wikipedia article, House of Medici, it says in the section Legacy, “The biggest accomplishments of the Medici were in…