Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Desk

I stumbled across a how-to site for recreating the legendary slow burn worktop devised by the CEO whose operation has transformed the east-west axis of central Seattle. It's damned good design. I couldn't suppress a giggle when I learned that the very desk is not only standard in the offices of what is now a huge operation, but can be chopped and modified into different formats. The piece is relevant here, because all of the design decisions we have made have been based on the knowledge that the neighborhood is forever in transition. The value of the property is in the land.

It's been my privilege to visit a number of homes owned or rented by people who could, if they wanted to, paper the walls with currency. The simple frugality of their furnishing choices has been inspiring. Long years of casual reading in retail-level interior design books have inspired as well. I stand content with the floor paint that is period for this 1890 structure and with the inexpensive bamboo and Pellon blinds that foster privacy at the windows. Simple paper globes replace the original central ceiling gas fixtures. I am in awe of the original door hardware: a hundred twenty-nine years later, it's still going strong. 

In the mid-Seventies, a local designer noted how much she valued living in a Twenties house that had never been remodeled. That remark influenced my subsequent house hunts. I have not regretted a minute of living in undiluted vintage architecture. Technology changes so fast that keeping up is pointless. Old low-tech design builds in physical amenities that support human-powered labor and ensure resilience in case utilities are disrupted -30-

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