Bridge the Gap

“The wise man bridges the gap by laying out the path by means of which he can get from where he is to where he wants to go.” - John Pierpont Morgan

Don't you love that old saying, "I'll cross that bridge when I come to it?" In other words, "I simply don't have the answer right now."

Everyone wants to create a masterpiece. We all have visions in our minds of the perfectly constructed building, space, product, idea, or even sentence. The difficulty is getting there. Let's face it, creativity on its best day is frustrating. But...that's the journey. It's not easy. It's not meant to be. It's a process. A sometimes arduous, yet very eloquent process.

Of course, there are real moments of true inspiration. Times when the plan becomes clear, when the answer seems so plain, so simple. More than likely, however, it's been the real work that has taken you from A to B -- the hours of putting your head down, the time spent laying out the paths. And, even more likely, it's been the input, critique and suggestions of trusted colleagues that have refined your work and made it complete. There you have it...collaboration. Your best ideas are never yours alone, but for the efforts, inspiration and strong connections of those around you.

I promise, you will always walk away a better designer, artist or storyteller when you allow the community of those who participate in your craft to help you bridge the gaps in your work.

Today, we are inspired by a group of creatives, fully embracing the art of collaboration: Commune.

"Commune is a Los Angeles-based design studio founded in 2004 with a reputation for holistic work across the fields of architecture, interior design, graphic design, product design and brand management.

The studio values the strength of the collective mind, believing that authentic creativity and innovation come from collaboration. The true virtuosity of their work comes from their collaborations with each other as well as with other members of the community. Since its inception, Commune has worked with artists and craftsmen across the U.S. and beyond.

Commune is noted for its eclectic assemblages that work in harmony with their surroundings, while paying homage to historical, traditional, and international design. The firm’s environmental sympathies are expressed in their conscientious selection of materials, and echoed in their appreciation for original architecture and its elements." - communedesign.com

 

A well-rounded portfolio of Commercial and Residential interiors by Commune:

Ammo at the Hammer. Westwood, California  

Ammo at the Hammer. Westwood, California
 

Farmshop. Brentwood, California  

Farmshop. Brentwood, California
 

Farmshop. Marin, California  

Farmshop. Marin, California
 

Residence. Moreno Drive, Brentwood, California  

Residence. Moreno Drive, Brentwood, California
 

Residence. Carnation Street, Silverlake, California  

Residence. Carnation Street, Silverlake, California
 

Residence. Catalina Street, Los Feliz, California  

Residence. Catalina Street, Los Feliz, California
 

images via: communedesign.com  

images via: communedesign.com
 

 

Bridging the gap from history to modern interpretations, and literally filling the gaps with grout and metal, this teracotta tile collection is a perfect example of the exciting and innovative products coming out of Commune:

 "Our first tile collection for Exquisite Surfaces was inspired by Brazilian landscape architect and artist Burle Marx and California Modernist geometric pattern combinations. The terracotta tile is hand made and glazed in Mexico. The patterns are slashed into the tile to receive the grout. There are six slash designs allowing for an endless variety of custom patterns.”The Sitio Tile Collection” is named after Marx’s home outside Rio de Janeiro, the tiles are a modern interpretation of those found in his garden." - Commune

 "Our first tile collection for Exquisite Surfaces was inspired by Brazilian landscape architect and artist Burle Marx and California Modernist geometric pattern combinations. The terracotta tile is hand made and glazed in Mexico. The patterns are slashed into the tile to receive the grout. There are six slash designs allowing for an endless variety of custom patterns.”The Sitio Tile Collection” is named after Marx’s home outside Rio de Janeiro, the tiles are a modern interpretation of those found in his garden." - Commune

 


 

Ace Hotel. Los Angeles, CA.   Notice the installation of "Sitio". Perfecto.

Ace Hotel. Los Angeles, CA.   Notice the installation of "Sitio". Perfecto.

images via: Communedesign.com

images via: Communedesign.com

Be inspired...cross that bridge with confidence when you come to it. It was designed (by collective minds) to get you where you need to go.

Uniquely yours,

Kimberly