“Sod the wine, I want to suck on the writing. This man White is an instinctive writer, bloody rare to find one who actually pulls it off, as in still gets a meaning across with concision. Sharp arbitrage of speed and risk, closest thing I can think of to Cicero’s ‘motus continuum animi.’

Probably takes a drink or two to connect like that: he literally paints his senses on the page.”

DBC Pierre (Vernon God Little, Ludmila’s Broken English, Lights Out In Wonderland ... Winner: Booker prize; Whitbread prize; Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman prize; James Joyce Award from the Literary & Historical Society of University College Dublin)





12 April 2012


Werner Aisslinger, the Singapore-based designer, believes that only when all people learn to grow things can humanity possibly begin to understand that worn-out whore of a word, sustainability.

In pursuit of this philosophy, he has designed this grow-your-own chair, which was just featured at Design Week in Milan.  Aisslinger sells a kit containing the steel framework, inside which you grow your chair.  

While it appears Aisslinger has used lawyer cane (which we don't want going feral in Australia), it won't be long until somebody grows a chair from their favourite grape variety.  Which grape will stand up longest?  My viticulture advisor, Michael Lane, agrees that Cabernet sauvignon would be a fairly safe seat, given the wild resilience of its canes.  

Will the biodynamic model be stronger? Well of course. I said that.

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