Brick & Wonder Selects:
November Inspiration


November is all but through and we almost left you without our usual monthly roundup of inspirational goodies. Almost.

What We're Reading

It may not be popsicle season any more (at not least in the northern hemisphere), but "popsicle moments" are still important. If calling the "Popsicle Hotline" and getting your favorite flavor delivered poolside sounds like a dream, or if you can't think of a reason why that might be important for your business, you'll probably enjoy reading this article from Inc.

They request an ice-pop in their favorite flavor, and a few minutes later, an employee wearing white gloves delivers it on a silver platter, no charge.

What We're Watching

When most of us think about what we'll be doing when we're 89, it probably doesn't look much like the routine of designer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon. We loved this short documentary portrait of the groundbreaking designer who fused Swiss modernism with an iconic and bold California pop aesthetic to create the design phenomena known as Supergraphics. We think you'll like it too:

Barbara Stauffacher Solomon: Visions Not Previously Seen

Design We Love

John Pawson is known for his distinctively modern architectural style. He firmly believes in stripping away everything that is not essential, leaving only what is "right" within a space. For most people this is an unobtainable fantasy, but for the clients that give him free reign to work within this absolutist framework, the results are invariably spectacular. This modern rural retreat is no exception. Oh and, by the way, you can book a stay there from Living Architecture.

John Pawson's Life House. Photograph by Gilbert McCarragher.

Show(home) We Love

Design gallery and boutique The Future Perfect has opened a new Los Angeles location, inside a house that once belonged to Elvis Presley in Beverly Hills. Casa Perfect visitors can wander through the fully functioning home and browse collectible contemporary designs and art in a more relaxed environment than a traditional gallery or showroom.

Casa Perfect - by Future Perfect, LA

Cerebral Diversion We Love

In case you didn't know already, one of the great works of 19th Century Literature (firmly within "The Cannon") was basically written as a party trick by an idle teenager. Since most of us will never display the same virtuosity in our craft, it's worth remembering this fact as a (far less impressive) party trick in it's own right. The book is, of course, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. This month, we enjoyed refreshing ourselves on Shelley's "year without a summer", and her musings on nature and happiness.

“Coming to this delightful spot during this divine weather, I feel as happy as a new-fledged bird, and hardly care what twig I fly to, so that I may try my new-found wings.”