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#1 Brooks

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 02:47 PM

Egad...

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You could do emergency tracheotomies with that middle spoon.

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 02:48 PM

Stunning...
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 02:50 PM

They have that 'goth' look. I'll stick with my traditional spoons.
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 03:05 PM

$50 each?

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 03:07 PM

Well...
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 03:17 PM

I like the design ethic. They're vaguely steampunk, a little gothic, modern with various attitudes ranging from fanciful to menacing, but all with an appropriate victorian accent.

The designs are complex and challenging, and would even be good functional absinthe spoons if it weren't for their main drawback, which turns out to be a deal-breaker for me. They're simple 2D silhouette patterns stamped out of sheet steel, with no shape to them at all. No edge or shallow depression to help them hold onto the sugar once the water starts hitting it, and no visual interest that helps justify the high price.

Still, it's nice to see some new thought and artistry applied to an overworked genre, and I like the direction of the designs.
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 03:27 PM

You made exactly the points I would have.

Steampunk-ish, maybe a tad Frank Lloyd Wright, unique, but flat.

It would be nice if those same designs were executed a bit more artfully and with depth.

I'm just glad to see someone doing something fresh.

Someday I hope to have Mrs. Hiram's (and my own) designs produced.

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 05:29 PM

maybe a tad Frank Lloyd Wright, unique, but flat.


Took the words out of my mouth, especially number 3. I too like the designs of them, but the whole cnc mill look doesn't fly with me. $5 yes. $50 ? Heyall no!

I miss my forge. If only I had it, the spoons I would create!
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 05:55 PM

Frank Lloyd Wright, or even Charles Rolfs, even, but I agree with you, Hiram, the effect is sort of one dimensional.

They're conceptually cool, though.

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 06:39 PM


maybe a tad Frank Lloyd Wright.

Took the words out of my mouth, especially number 3.

Ditto.
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#11 Brooks

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 06:58 PM

Suddenly, absinthe paraphernalia is turning up everywhere. Hammacher Schlemmer is selling fountains! Can SkyMall and Brookstone be far behind?

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 07:03 PM

Hammacher Schlemmer even has a lifetime guarantee on their fountain. They obviously haven't sold any to Shai. Where is that guy anyway?
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 07:59 PM

I'm just glad to see someone doing something fresh.

Someday I hope to have Mrs. Hiram's (and my own) designs produced.


Wanna go halfsies on one of these? ...or maybe one of these?
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 08:27 PM

Wouldn't that go against the one dimensional stigma this thread carries? I'm sure one cut out of thick enough stock and finished with nice round edges and curves by hand might look nice. A small amount of forging (or cold forming) would be needed for the subtle dip in the fulcrum of the spoon so it locks onto the side of the glass nicely. All depends on the stock however. Add to this annealing to remove stresses caused by the heat of the and a proper hardening and tempering so that full stainless protection can be achieved... what ho! I appear to be babbling. A thousand pardons.
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 08:35 PM

I would almost go out on a limb and say that third spoon is almost art deco. But I don't use spoons anymore since I got my seesaw brouilleurs. OK, they are silver and not a tarnished brass, etc. but when you have a few of them going at once, well, that feels very steampunk.
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#16 Brooks

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 09:20 PM

Two Frank Lloyd Wright windows:

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 09:25 PM

They better be careful. Designs that intricate might warp when you set fire to them. :poke:

They are interesting, though.
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 09:26 PM

I really like those windows, Brooks.

By the way, it's always a treat to see you and what you bring to the forum.

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 10:11 PM

Two Frank Lloyd Wright windows:

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Thanks alot broseph. Now I have to change my pants.

This is from a wonderful time when "Arts and Crafts" meant so much more than glued popsicle sticks and cookie cutter template "tole painting". I was born a hundrd years too late. I like this internet thingie though.
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 10:31 PM

... what ho! I appear to be babbling. A thousand pardons.


...not that you've given it any thought, or anything :devil:
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 10:47 PM

If I may state the obvious, Frank had an exquisite sense for the uses of symmetry asymmetry in design. Not to mention that he designed everything down to the last exacting detail, like, for a hypothetical example, the curves, dips and bends of an absinthe spoon. The BBlessing spoons seem to me like student efforts. The whole problem, let alone the solution to it, hasn't fully coalesced in the mind yet. They feel over-designed to me, without the coherence of subtly that can take some time to come to. And yet, not realizing or admitting the short-comings, the original creation is mistaken for coming directly from the head of Zeus and subsequently (waaay) over-priced. But students need encouragement and nuturing. This is on the right track, afterall. Just needs to keep rolling down the road a little more.

#22 Brooks

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 08:17 AM

They feel over-designed to me, without the coherence of subtly that can take some time to come to.

Yep. They feel.....well, I don't know if "constipated" is the right word, but good design feels inevitable, somehow. It flows. When you see it, you breathe easier.

I was born a hundred years too late.

That makes two of us, kiddo.

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Thank you, Bill. A pleasure to see you, always. :cheers:

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 08:31 AM

but good design feels inevitable, somehow. Energized and whole.


Yeah, like an iPod sorta.

Those spoons look scary to me though.
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Posted 19 December 2007 - 08:55 AM

Yep. They feel.....well, I don't know if "constipated" is the right word, but good design feels inevitable, somehow. It flows. When you see it, you breathe easier.

It's all about "fit", isn't it? There's a book called Notes on the Synthesis of Form where the author says that one interesting thing about "fit" is that it can be very difficult to describe what makes a good fit, but a bad fit tends to be glaringly obvious.

If I hadn't been told what they were, I might not have identified them as spoons.

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 12:43 PM

Wright's tree designs in windows were meant to echo the natural forms outside; not sure what these designs are supposed to evoke. I don't care for these "spoon" designs at all-- they're just cutouts, and too wide to be functional with most glasses.


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