Last Sunday, I still found by sheer chance another relevant quote about form and function from Beauty. I wanted to post it that evening, but, instead, fever struck me in what seems to have been COVID-19 in this Brobdingnagian viral wave in Peking.
The sickness has been fairly mild. And I have still found another such relevant quote. So these two will compose today’s and next Sunday’s posts.
The last part of the book is an archive of beautiful things, a pleasure for the senses in itself. They present it this way:
When selecting these pieces, we focused only on their formal qualities. […]. For the designer, getting things to work is the easy part. It’s not hard to design a chair someone can sit on; […] It does, however, take real talent to produce a chair that’s comfortable, attractive, and relevant to its time.2018 Phaidon Press Limited, Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh Beauty, p. 181.
Although we used “beautiful” as the single criterion when choosing the pieces, when we reviewed the objects we’d selected, it turned out that every single one functions perfectly well. […] Beauty = Function. It works.2018 Phaidon Press Limited, Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh Beauty, p. 181.