Monday, May 07, 2007
Form Follows Function - 2 examples
This is a shot of the atrium of our main public library. It is lovely and inviting. You can shop at the store, grab some coffee at the cafe, or curl up for conversation or for reading. The lighting is diffuse but perfect for the environment. The tall ceilings give an airy feel to what could be a stuffy space, and the plants and spacious windows allow the indoors to relate with the outdoors. At the end of the hall is a large globe sculpture.
Contrast that with this:
The form of these jeans long ago lost its connection to function, which one would presume included shielding the family jewels from the public eye and allowing the wearer to, say, use both his hands without his pants falling down. Seems simple to me. But thank our lucky stars that the boxers were still functioning! I guess when you're 15, 6'4" and weigh less than your mother, it's hard to find jeans that fit!