Oh, the joys of jury duty! I know it’s an essential part of our judicial system, but it is nothing like Law and Order. First, you have that fluorescent lighting. It’s the old kind—the really old kind—that makes everything look the color of dead fish bellies after sitting in the heat for too long. Then you have the interior of the building, which looks like the worst part of Detroit. I not only got to stare at huge cracks in walls the color of Andy Dick‘s pit stains, but I also espy cracks of another kind. The kind caused by low rise jeans. Combine that with a TV volume better suited to a retirement home, and you have the makings of one lovely day.
As fate would have it, I was not only selected to serve, but I was actually the first one selected. Eight hours later, the verdict was read and the feeling in my legs began to return. (The wooden pews provide less leg room than coach.) Driving home, being extra careful to mind all traffic laws for fear of having to return anytime soon, I thought how lucky I am to work in a beautiful setting each day. It also reinforced how important good design is to everyday life. Whether it’s the device you’re texting on, the chair you are sitting on, or the building where you work, good design just makes things better. It inspires, it intrigues, and it’s good for business. Can you say Apple? Just look at the Calatrava bridge. How can you not be happy when you see it?
Speaking of good design, check out this photo. This is from the Spring 2012 Collection by Osborne & Little. They’ve been cranking out good design since before I was born. (That’s a long time!) This is part of their Lorca Collection, designed by Manuel Canovas, which previewed last week in Paris at Deco Off. It’s inspired by the lovely isles of Polynesia, where we should all be right now. Actually I think January is the rainy season, but other than that it sounds pretty good. The Samoa Collection features sumptuous silks and gorgeous velvets, making for one lovely combination. I think maybe you need them in your quest to create your own Downton Abbey, minus Mrs. Crawley. She can be a bit much. Anyway, this is a sneak peek. It will arrive in Dallas in just a few short weeks, along with about 25 other collections I’ll share.
Whether you’re deleting emails offering you discounts on a Lint Lizard, waiting for jury duty, or contemplating some new wallpaper (Yes, you should do it!), I hope, as always, that you have a great Friday.