Drew P A Smith

  • Grounded

    Grounded. That’s my word for 2023. In a year in which my life – and ours collectively – is bound to be jus’ a l’il fucked up, it seems a strange word on which to land. Like, why pick a word that – in my minds eye – sets me up, like an Atlantic lighthouse, […]

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  • Opium That was the word that appeared in my Readwise summary this morning. The summary’s an email which presents me with passages or — in this case — single words that I’ve highlighted in books, articles, tweets, and that sort of thing. Up until yesterday, I’d regarded these emails as an annoyance. When I first signed up for Readwise, they’d […]

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  • How do I describe… ?

    How do I describe the way the light – muted white, green, red, yellow and blue – played across the set? Like a Dan Flavin piece, one gifted its colour to the other, marking the shift of time, shaping something new. Then what about that triangle? Or the square, circle and line that were the […]

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  • On my way to Gothenburg again. From the air, the Randstad is doing its best impression of Cuyp’s The Maas at Dordrecht, all low light hitting broadside through the early morning haze. Excited to be travelling and wary of the futility of it all, too. It will be what it will be. At the very […]

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  • We drove out of Albi, pointing towards gentle hills. This was comforting countryside, an unctuous and undulating Sunday-morning duvet in the form of a landscape. Rendered in lucid green and corduroy brown, it enveloped and elevated us as we traced along its ridge lines and valleys, edging closer and closer to the gorge. By the […]

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  • On Bilbao and Bangle

    In 2007, my Masters thesis explored the ways in which automotive designers trick the eye by manipulating environmental light. In a chapter on the relationship between automotive design and architecture, I drew a parallel between the deconstructivist school, represented by the likes of Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, and the work of Chris Bangle’s team […]

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  • The Gothenburg Aesthetic

    The millennial aesthetic or Gothenburg’s: which came first? When you’re in the city, hunkered down on Sweden’s west coast, it’s hard to know, so deeply entrenched is the former in the latter. Muted surfaces – open-pored wood, concrete, terrazzo, and tile – form the base on which the occasional pop of colour is permitted to […]

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  • “In the age of information overload, the ultimate luxury is meaning and context.” — Louis Rossetto (1993) 1 I never thought of StudioPhro* as a luxury service, per se. But I do want working together to feel like you’re being welcomed in to my home. I want you to be seated comfortably with, perhaps, your […]

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  • To be rich is: This post was inspired by Paul Millerd’s most recent newsletter. Go check it out.

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