“Seating has been...an outlet for me for experimenting with ideas, experimenting with materials, experimenting with processes...”
– Max Lamb.
So, I have a book from the Exercises in Seating show that he did which catalogs the different chairs he had made. I found his work & process inspiring in a couple ways:
I appreciate that he's not a master craftsman in any particular material. I think it resonates with me since I never went to design school and sometimes feel like it can be a handicap. Michelle and I went to a talk earlier in the year where Paula Scher spoke and she explained that "There’s a benefit to being ignoramus – you’re able to discover things.” It's encouraging to remember that being a novice isn't a handicap – you can work it to your advantage.
It's also really inspiring to see how broad of a scope Max has in his work – just like how many iterations of one thing that he's able to do. Thinking about it in context of my work, like a logo project, expanding on different ideas is so challenging. His perspective and his range really inspire me.
I guess I would have studied abroad in college. I never did that and I feel like all of my friends who did just seem to make trips happen. That's something that I feel I never really prioritize. I still can, but I'd want to live somewhere else for a year and I feel like it was easiest at that time (in college).