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Dear readears, all this was born with the idea of a blog about design, but you might ask yourself where is design?? This blog talks about everyday life and objects, it doesn’t display great designers works, this is not the purpose.

However, many great designers, when creating something are inspired by normal people, who are in fact the final beneficiaries of those creations. For example the famous architect and designer Ettore Sottsass has always designed his objects and buildings with a symbolic and intimate meaning.

“inseguivo la commozione, cercavo un rapporto fra l’architettura e la vita, perché penso che l’architettura sia il disegno di un luogo da abitare, e non da guardare, come la gran parte delle architetture che si fanno adesso”.

“Io sono più interessato a problemi intimistici, minori, ad esempio che cos’è un’architettura intorno al corpo della gente, intorno alle tristezze, alle paure della gente piuttosto che architettura come spettacolo gigantesco e impressionante”

Sottsass is not interested in useless and beautiful design, design is not just the aesthetic of an object, he is concerned with the design for people.

 ” Ci sono stati momenti, rari, nei quali il design zitto zitto sentiva questa responsabilità verso il pubblico, verso la società. Roberto Olivetti sentiva questa responsabilità. Sentiva che l’industria aveva questa responsabilità morale e lavorava con ingegneri, urbanisti, architetti e designer, perché pensava che l’industria potesse fare qualcosa di più che produrre. Pensava che fosse importante avere immaginazione. “

This song by Blur has a very peculiar and video that was directed by Thomas Vinterberg (a danish film director who along with Lars von Trier, co-founded the Dogme 95 movement, which established rules for simplifying movie production.). By using night-vision cameras he captures all four members of the band asleep in their beds. This song was releasend as the third single in the 1999 album “13”.

Before the song starts we can listen to a short interview where the 4 members explain the aim of the video. They admit to feel very vulnerable and nervous about the idea of beeing filmed while asleep; because as the drummer Dave Rowntree says, this gooes “beyod the private, beyond the intimate, something you don’t even know about yourself“.

I think that the sad lyrics together with the black&white images of the four members, who are completely harmless in their sleep, is very beautiful. At the end of the clip Damon Albarn, still quite asleep says “it’s a sad song, a warning and a gentle reminder“. 

Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as i do.

Tracey Emin is contemporary british artist, her works and her eccentric personality have been very controversial. In 1999, Emin was shortlisted for the Turner Prize and exhibited her work “My Bed ” (that you can see in the picture above) at the Tate Gallery, in London. As the title of the work suggests, this is the very bed where she slept in the days of her nervous breakdown and depression.

 The terrible state of the bed is the mirror of her troubled inner life, among other things we can recognize alcohol bottles, cigarettes, stained sheets, worn panties. By presenting her bed as art, the artist shares her most personal space; she reveals her degradation and sufference brutally. In fact this work a consderable media furore even though she dodn’t win the prize. Emin’s art takes many different forms of expression including needlework and sculpture, drawing, video and installation, photography and painting.