Finally got our hands on our favourite book of all time (although not the original pelican version). Anyone who is a designer or not, should read this.
“Paul Scheerbart’s futuristic novel of 1914, ‘The Gray Cloth and Ten Percent White, mediates on the rise of glass architecture, positing a future in which the modernist fantasy of total design has reached its apotheosis. The story’s protagonist, architect Edgar Krug, circumnavigates the globe with his wife, Clara, constructing wildly varied and vibrantly colored glass buildings wherever he goes: a high-rise exhibition and concert hall in Chicago, a retirement complex for pilots in Fiji, a museum of ancient weapons in Malta. To maximise the impact of the these colorful buildings, Krug demands that his wife wear only gray clothes containing ten percent white. Her compliance has the effect the architect desires, revealing the buildings’ splendor by contrast…..”
- Henry Urbach