Yesterday we watched a 2009 documentary called ‘Objectified’, which explores the ethos of design — from an object’s concept to its destiny in the landfill — through interviews with a number of international designers. Toward the end, one designer says something like, ’Enjoy the objects you already have’, and the film ends on a shot of an old wooden wall plate rack with the title of this post painted on it for reasons known (perhaps) only to the owner.
The film is available to rent on Apple iTunes for 99¢ and of course for you television-impaired (I envy your courage), you can watch it on your computer. The film is far more engaging than the trailer I’ve included here, but click on the image above to watch the trailer anyway.
Otherwise, on a completely unrelated matter, I offer a photograph from 1932 of actor Spencer Tracy and a lesser-known actor by the name of George O’Brien. A little research led me to the lore that Mr. O’Brien was known as a ‘Man’s Man’ in Hollywood.
Now, this ‘Man’s Man’ is one of those terms that could be seen to mean exactly the opposite of what it was intended to mean. What with the controversial rumor that Spencer Tracy may have been [gasp!] gay, I don’t know if he and Mr. O’Brien were ‘an item’, or not. Bless them if they were.
Unseemly gossip aside, I am including the snap here because, with just the slightest hint of doofus in Mr. Tracy’s expression, and Mr. O’Brien looking all stalwart, I find the photo lovely.
Pardon me for using the word ‘lovely’. It could have been far worse, I could have said ‘charming’.