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World Message of Peace

In Summer night at Tea at Tympani Lane Records. I am getting my container garden in order, with some new plants, some with flowers, in beautiful orange ceramic pots. Having survived the winter indoors my bougainvillea is out on the back porch flowering green. The Book of Blue and The Angel are being published in hardcopy and as EBooks and will be offered online at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. The infringement Festival Montreal is gearing up for June and Spoken Word at the Concordia Coop Bookstore on June 19th may also be a Book Launch. I am looking for Book Covers for The Grif and Other Conversations series as well as for Aphrodite’s Daughter: the history of the world Part 56 which will be coming out as EBooks @ Tea at Tympani Lane Records. Poetry, Book Reviews and Newsletter are writing . . .

“ Heaven’s to mergatroid. ”
- Popular saying from the 1960’s

“ There is a style of furniture produced after World War II that I call “the aliens have landed. “
- Rebecca Banks (Poet, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Writer, Artist, Philosopher, Counselor)

“ A good design knows where to begin and where to end. ”
- Rebecca Banks (Poet, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Writer, Artist, Philosopher, Counselor)

The following are thoughts on the psychology of modern furniture design vs. furniture design from the past . . .

The evolution of the chair through time is interesting from benches, and rather fantastic antique designs of the French 19th Century (Louis XIV, Louis XVI) to the round leather library chair and simple designs of the wood country parlour chair contrast with the explosion of modern design. In an effort to discourse in originality designers may have been greatly stressed by conflict in their love lives. Plastic came to the for in Wassily chairs, bean bag chairs, office chairs, module chairs. And chrome, with steel and bright hard surfaces. A rather new sleek and edge look that attracts young spirits but sometimes not big on comfort or a particular elegance, the use of new materials, modern design pushes the bounds of tradition. However, sometimes post-modern design rings with the soul stirring elements of simplicity, comfort, elegance and favourite texture, shape and colour. The huge Ikea chairs with no arms, in comfortable upholstery (basically 2 large squares with rounded edges joined at the seat), a beautiful reading chair by any window is a design that works. Dining chairs called Parsons chairs add a touch of grace. Beds as standalone pieces of furniture, that can be used as sitting and working spaces are a new developing concept. In some post-modernist furniture design, as if the light after the great darkness of Existentialism, a certain Zen creates an elegant design. However, I find that modern design more often than not is not as exciting as the classic style and textures of antiques.

Antiques can be quite beautiful, a celebration and dance with natural elements, character, soft edges and earlier times. Some antiques are over designed or too rustic, the perfect piece has a certain elegance, rhythm and simplicity. They are quite fantastic, often hand-made and from real wood, some are stand-alone pieces, others made in machine shops. The sense of design is quite wonderful as if harkening to a more copacetic time in love lives. The idea of repairing and recycling furniture (particularly antiques) is a great saver of forests and can be easier on the budget. Bought and sold secondhand furniture is a great way to find an eclectic, one of a kind piece that brightens the living space often for a bargain.

It is interesting how the gateleg kitchen table with its ponderous leg sets was inspiration for the more elegant drop leaf kitchen table. What was really outlandish was the evolution of the steel kitchen table and chairs of the late ‘50’s and 1960’s, that now pass for vintage. Very hard surfaces of chrome, it was as if the aliens had landed and as if people had settled in their love lives and mothers were on valium. Every once in awhile I come across a piece of furniture, usually from the ‘50’s that says “the aliens have landed”, usually rather bizaare with edges and corners as if from a different universe.

What constitutes good design? Elegance, a good design knows where to start and where to end, the perfect piece of furniture has a certain soul rhythm, comfort, in favourite colours and textures, in concert with the Holy Spirit. Furniture design is also a product of its time, the issues and nuances of the public discourse, ideas of knowledge, degrees of violence as well as the personal journey of the skill of the artist who is the creator. There is also a dialogue in shape, some people prefer squares to circles and how the overall essence of the piece can give peace to the spirit.

There is no one unifying overall design trend for the 20th century, it is very eclectic with the use of new materials, plastic, steel and wicker and wood, with designs that are austere and often utility minded, perhaps suggesting shattered and an undertoad – as if the place was stressed with broken love lives and evolving thought that brought the common man to the fore in the industrial age. All times bring different issues to light that must be addressed but the brokenness of the morphing from the agricultural economy to the industrial economy was particularly stressful spawning 2 world wars, Vietnam, the use of the atomic bomb and a zenith of oblivion in competitiveness as people were obsessed with money, sex and more in a struggle for resources born of broken love lives and a destructive culture. With the move from the agricultural economy to cities and the manufacturing economy with the ballooning population people may not have been mentored as effectively and some of the wisdom of the very slow Old World society was lost. With the birth of the economic driver scene, and the great suffering of the artist, design had indeed morphed particularly after the Second World War. But for the most part it is not the furniture of a happy people, it is austere as if a world where mass manufacture gave things less value, the potential for garbage/a throw away culture and is a reflection of a hard way perhaps born of people who settled in their marriages (if their lovers were murdered in the war or because the culture was lost and broken) and an experiment in the economy giving people serial lovers creating sexual violation issues, addictions, violence and a death centered mentality. Whereas antiques in general have more beauty, often handmade, a certain flowering as if from a more copacetic time where people had a better idea of who they were, what it meant and the wisdom to make their love lives work better in happiness through cohesive Community. With Modern design it is as if people didn’t know how to handle their sexual violation issues – it was just talk therapy. Post Modern design has discovered some light, a rediscovery of beauty, perhaps with the discovery of release work, an arts calling, exercise, journaling, yoga, massage, meditation, prayer.

Today’s household objects are tomorrow’s artefacts. Everyone has different soul rhythms, different favourite colours and textures. As speech and clothing say everything about you so does your home environment. Often good design is just as much about what is there as what is not there. With the Secondhand Bulletin Boards on the Internet (Craigslist, Kijiji etc.) it is easier to find exactly what appeals for not too much monies. A copacetic home environment is a reflection of psyche, the setting of our love helps make comfort and well being.

The Way of Peace.




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