I was so excited to take my little people to see “Where the Wild Things Are” last Friday evening – though I had a little apprehension. I worried about too much hype and potential disappointment. Happily, the movie was lovely – really one of the best I have seen in a while. I laughed, I cried, my kids were captivated, and so was I.
Beyond being one of the best adaptations one could ever expect from a 10 sentence kids book, I really found the the imagery and styling so fascinating. Prior to the opening, the design site Booooooom.com held a Where the Wild Things Are fort building contest that ended last week. The winner, Eric Rice, seriously blew me away. I love his design and that it was constructed of recycled palettes and string. I would love to create something like this for children…with Eric’s construction kids could be highly involved.
“I spent the long weekend building my fort out old pallets and other discarded materials. I didn’t use any nails or screws to build the actual fort, it’s lashed together with hundreds of feet of string, and is surprisingly sturdy, even on the third floor. I had an awesome time building it, and hope you guys do some more contests in the future.”
Watching the movie I think I might have spotted a trend. In the movie, Max and the Wild things build a fabulous fort from sticks that is truly awesome. It is textural and shapely in a way that many structures are not.
The interesting thing about it though is that a few weeks back (before the movie came out) I snapped off this picture at the mall in front of an Anthropologie store. I loved the rustic and imperfect wooden structure in the window and it seems positively influenced by the same things that inspired the fort in the movie.
Similarly I found these images of other Anthropologie flowing stick structures.
This one with the sticks coming right out of the building and completely altering the facade of the building is very exciting.
This way of building, whereby wood is used to create curved and rounded structures seems ripe for garden inspiration. Don’t you think? I am imagining flowy pergolas and arbors. And now that I have seen it at Anthropologie and in what will surely be one of the biggest movies of they year, I think it might be a trend.
I think it is worth mentioning too that I just learned (from Susan Cohan) about Patrick Dougherty – an amazing aritst who I am now inspired to write a future post about….but I think he might really be the original inspiration. What do you think?