Building an Archive

I started thinking about this even more the other night at a Publicolor event when I had the honor of sitting next to, and talking with, Robert Siegel of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates. We started talking about the Lescaze Townhouse and my going up to The Architecture School at Syracuse to research Lescaze. He told me he doesn’t habitually archive things, but that was really (the late) Charles Gwathmey's forte. For Siegel, it is the building itself that is the archive. He stated that if Charlie hadn't archived all along, and they to recreate the drawings and thinking now, that it probably would never get done. This made me appreciate even more the gifts Lescaze left, and not just the house!

There are things that tell the story of our lives; things that we love and hold onto. Olivia's artwork, the painting of the buddha holding a balloon that goes from house to house, photos, etc. Sometimes your life plan becomes apparent by the things we save. This is my biggest lesson from Lescaze... he left me a plan, a way into his intention, and an archive for everyone to learn from. Reconfirming for me, once again, the importance of his legacy. 

The architect is not
like a writer or a
painter or a sculptor,
the writer takes his pen,
the painter his brush,
the sculptor his clay.
And they begin. Each
of them alone with
his idea. Not so with
an architect. He cannot
begin unless there
is someone who wants
him too.

—William Lescaze

The FRANKLIN MAGNIFIER can help you to, as they say, "read the fine print."
This handmade PENCIL CASE boasts a mantra that everyone can follow!
The FLOOR PLAN MUG keeps design lovers caffeinated, and their eyes on the master plan!
This NOTES PENCIL TRAY is a sleek "catch-all" for important objects.