"Bertrand" sideboard/console by Massimo Iosa Ghini in 1987 is an example of his Bolidismo Movement featured in Terrazzo in the Fall of 1988 . Made of lacquered wood and chromium-plated metal (79.4 x 186.1 x 55.2 cm)
Bolidismo was a short-lived design trend from the Itlaian “bolide”, an old word for asteroid or shooting star like a comet moving forward. Influenced by Italian Futurism and American Streamline Art Moderne.
(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone could start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American family spent $1,736 on clothing in 2012 (the subset of “men and boys” spent $408, a figure that may make PTO readers blush). Maybe the New York Times Magazine fashion spread is not intended for the average man, but the Times has estimated that the median income of its website visitors is $70,000, just above the national average of about $66,000. I know that we, too, regularly recommend clothing with costs that would dwarf the average man’s yearly apparel budget, and we gawk admiringly at the wardrobes of the superwealthy, but the gulf between realistic spending habits and the cost of the clothing regularly featured in the pages of magazines raises the questions: what’s the point? To look at beautiful things, artfully arranged? To show us what’s current in loftier circles that we might aspire to? To placate advertisers? And where do we each choose to draw the line between what’s OK to spend vs. what is ridiculous?
I’d argue this economic disconnect is what drives men to seek out more value-oriented sources of information like PTO, independent blogs, and clothing forums.