Posts Tagged ‘Mid-Century Modern’

What Inspired Me This Week: The Eames Solar Do-Nothing Machine

I am totally enamored with the Solar Do-Nothing Machine, a colorful kinetic solar toy designed by the Eames Office for ALCOA (Aluminum Company of America) in the 1950s. It’s only purpose, was to do nothing. Oscar Shefler of ALCOA states, “There is little pertinence in asking what the toy is supposed to do. It is not supposed to do. It is supposed to be. Its whole function is in its being.”

We are all slaves to our daily to-do lists. Or at least I am. Every morning after Lulu’s been cared for, I begin to think about all the things I have to do for the day. From the exciting to the mundane, each day is filled with tasks that will take me from morning to evening, in a blink of an eye. Even when I’m on holiday, somewhere amazing like Paris, I bring my to-dos with me. Instead of “buy groceries” or “make work deadlines” I exchange the tasks for “pack for an afternoon at Rue Mouffetard” and “research museum exhibitions” (albeit more fun, they are still things to think about).

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