As I set up the ironing board and prepared to tackle a month's worth of 100% cotton shirts and pants, I thought I might as well watch something on television to help pass the time. The first two selections (Spy and The Martian) weren't doing it for me so I checked M2M. I found a documentary about Paul Smith, the British designer, and pressed play.
My knowledge of Paul Smith is limited. I own a pair of eyeglasses of his design and one time walked through one of his retail stores in London. I remembered something of a "cheeky" design aesthetic in the shop.
The film about his life and design hit many chords with me.
|The cleaning cloth in the spectacle case was a design of the British flag from measuring tapes.|
|I collect vintage extension rulers|
|From the Paul Smith exhibition at London's Design Museum|
|I love buttons|
|Paul Smith's mixed print men's shirt|
|I enjoy mixing prints, as well|
|Flea market shopping is the best|
His office space is full of his collections- vintage robots, 19th century fabric books, mechanical toys, Russian nesting dolls, and many gifts from customers and friends all over the world. I find this fascination with collections and toys charming.
|He surrounds himself with things he loves|
|I will never be a mimimalist|
Ha! Had a similar experience lately.
|I rescued one of my designs from a thrift store last week. A bargain at $5.99!|
And...one of his favorite hobbies is photography. He takes his camera everywhere and takes pictures of everything. I really love that about him.
What a joy to discover so many similarities in someone I admire. It encourages me to continue doing what I love. Thank you, Paul Smith.