Sunday, October 6, 2013

Week 40: Window

  Windows are commonplace everyday structures that still draw attention and create interest. Many, many architects and craftsmen, from Le Corbusier to Louis Comfort Tiffany, have designed windows which are interesting and beautiful. Windows let sunlight and warmth into a structure. They let the person within see outside. They form a protective barrier and provide ventilation. All of these attributes improve one's view of the world or personal comfort. And I have always been infatuated with windows. This week's book-of-the-week, an addition to the earlier books-of-the-week Old House and Attic, is titled Window.

Window attached to the box for the books Old House and Attic
   Window is housed in a gusset pocket that looks like a window and has been attached to the box made for the Week 38 book, Old House. Black heavyweight Fabriano® paper and a sheet of stiff mylar were used to construct the gusset pocket. It has been designed so the little 3 inch by 3.5 inch accordion book slips right inside.
inside the gusset pocket...
The pocket flap (rooftop) of marbled paper, is held in place by tension caused by the rounded fold. It simply pulls out to get to the little book and remove it. The cover board has a photograph taken of some of the windows of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France.
a window pocket and Window the book
The accordion book is held shut with a black satin ribbon. When the ribbon is untied, the book expands into it's zigzag form, revealing an array of box-cut pop-outs which resemble windows.

opened up as an accordion book...
As the book is opened the side-view resembles a sort of gear wheel... a bridge... or a fan... all depending on how far back the covers are pulled... and your point of view.
opened... the view from the fore-edge

But looked at individually, the pages of Window are clearly about the windows themselves. Eleven pages of windows from all over the world are depicted. In buildings from historic eras to modern times... public, private, or communal... religious or secular... the windows not only let in the outside, but let us see in. These are a few of the stars of Window.

 Cathedral de Notre Dame, Paris France
 a chinese alleyway...
Musee des Beaux Arts in Angers, France
through a temple gate...

ruins of Bluebeard's castle, 1025AD France...
a Buddhist monastery in the Taiwanese mountains
sleek skyscraper and Taipei 101... window in Pittsburgh

Once the book has been viewed and the windows have brought to mind your own favorite windows, the little book can serve as a play toy.. moving the accordion body into a variety of lovely geometric shapes..
....opened like a flower
... and creating still lifes... 
A daisy growing outside your window?
...or as cat toys.

Charlemagne gets the book

Charlemagne eats the book
Windows are architectural elements which add immeasurable quality to buildings by letting the outside enter the interior of a structure, and thus forming a connection between nature and man. Regardless of the age of a building, this enlightenment can never be too small.

 the back cover: Taipei 2007 world's tallest building and almost ALL windows