Close up of a brightly colored peacock feather
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The Distinction Between Good Design and Taste

I think lots of people confuse these two things, so I thought I’d lay a few thoughts down on the matter.
Pencil sketch of a masasa tree with a grey blue background

Industrial Design as Art

The msasa trees are losing their leaves. Gusts of wind surge through the valley. Then moments of calm. Punctuated by msasa pods popping and falling; signifying a change in season. I feel a shift in me too. My temperament echoes in this change; I feel some respite during spring, I just need to hold it in the balance, not overcompensate. Industrial design as art? Work as art?
Train tracks curving round with trees in background and a dusk quality of light

The Train of Consciousness

Referring to a well designed product or system - what is there, is only what needs to be there,  in cohesion. No more, no less. That's the solution. The parts need to be in tune with the whole. The parts could be the components of a product, they could be products in relation to their environment and the wider system. What needs to be there? That is the challenge.
Painting of a line of trees with blue purple clouds and sky

Getting Back Into Artwork

This is hard. Where concept, hope and expectation meet cold, hard reality. For me it starts with a compulsion. It usually goes something like this; “let’s paint a masterpiece”. Shit.
Ceeder wooden coffee table with curved base and top with ends curved

Making the Balance Coffee Table

This piece started out as a sketch when I was exploring concepts for pieces for my furniture range. I adjusted dimensions quite a bit before finalising the design. The first step to make this was to cut 72+ strips on the bandsaw. I would plane an edge of the cedar stock, then cut a strip then plane an edge and so on.
Acrylic semi abstract painting of one red figure and one blue figure with a multicolored background

So Close, So Far

So let us be companions then he said. Why not? Complimentary but different. We could start a fire. Or did we? Burning cold and hot. Separated in peace. Would I melt if I touched you?
Bemu logo lowercase text surrounded by rectangular frame

Bemu – Brand Name Rational

What is this brand name all about? We could say be-mu. Be as in to exist. This refers to bringing ‘something’ into existence which can’t be considered out of the context of our own existence. What does it mean to bring ‘something’ into existence and where does ‘something’ come from? What does it mean to exist? I am interested in these questions because the act of designing or producing artwork is in essence is an act of creation. For me this creation is inextricably linked to living; I am creative. These questions are difficult to answer though. I believe that any intellectualised attempt at answering them would be going only part of the way.