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Thursday. objects. Designer artist Mohamed Fahmy (aka, mo fa or Ganzeer) explains the story behind his chosen object.

“Although its such a normal object, I wouldn’t be able to get anything done without my whiteboard. I usually have a million and one thoughts going around in my head at any given time. Having my whiteboard set up across my desk in front of me, keeps me in check. It helps me focus on what I have to do now, while with a minor glance quantifying how much I have to do next. No iCalendar, or digital to-do list can ever replace my whiteboard. Because my whiteboard is always there, looking over me and never tucked away.

The downside though… its not always easy to work outside my studio.”

Thursday. Objects. This week, the guest that is sharing his “object” with everyone is no other than one of my best friends and THE most inspiring person I know, Paul Parolin. I met Paul back in ’03 at the Ontario college of Art & Design, we attended classes together, were amongst the first people to get a job before even graduating and work together at the same agency, we even lived together in the same infamous house at Rusholme Drive in Toronto, had our birthday parties together, worked on a poster for YouTube together, just to mention a few of our joint activities. Paul currently is Associate Creative Director at creative powerhouse agency The Hive in Toronto, creating amazing stuff. Now, If I could only get him onboard the obsession sessions ….

The Stoop, 1952
Concrete, chicken wire, vegetation, glass
45 sq ft including lower level
Installation at Rusholme Drive, Toronto, Canada

“It was Morsello’s intention that this form be interacted with, viewed close-up and even touched.
In order that the heft and mass be perceived in myriad of settings, The Stoop was placed outdoors, subject to the effects of changing light, seasons and drunkards. Brimming with vibrant energy, the richly textured surface is often adorned with bottles. Now an iconic symbol of creativity, indulgence, excess and profanity, over the year’s it’s become a mecca calling to Westend Torontonians alike.”
~ Paul R. Parolin.

It’s Thursday, time -Pun quite intended- to check out what object we have in store for us. This weeks’ significant “thing” is courtesy of my good friend and graphic designer supreme Lee H Wilson.

“Here’s an object for you. I spent 3 months in Thailand, and the only souvenir I wanted to buy was a watch with Thai numerals on it. I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to find a watch without roman numerals… it actually took me the entire time I was there, going in and out of little shops, without any luck. On the last night in Bangkok, I went to the night bazar at Sanamulang, across from Thammasart University. After looking around for an hour without any luck, I was digging around in a junk box, and pulled this out. It had no strap, just the watch face. I guarded my excitement, bargained a good price 250THB, around $8USD, and walked away really happy!”

I’ve been wanting to start another weekly series on my blog for quite a while. Now, I’ve finally gotten around to it! Every Thursday morning, I’ll be posting a new series called “objects” in which I ask certain people about a significant object in their life and tell us the story behind it. This week, the first person to do the obsession sessions interview, is also the first person to share his “object”. Today, Designer extra-ordinaire, Jonathan Mutch shares his BeoMaster 1600.

J: The BeoMaster 1600 is an Amplifier/Tuner from Bang & Olufsen. I love the interface on this stereo so much. When I got it a lot of the controls didn’t work, so I broke it open and cleaned and repaired some of the parts. You can obviously tell that the use of a glass and stainless steel now is found in so many apple products, but when this came out it must have looked so futuristic.

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