Erik Benjamins

18 August 2022

  1. After-Dinner Walk
  2. Alex Reed’s Home Work
  3. Ben Sanders is Drawing at the Dinner Table
  4. Bookends & Good Hugging
  5. Bookshelves & Hard Optimism
  6. Bottega Louie
  7. Building Block
  8. Butts of Florence
  9. Confessions of an Anonymous Recipe
  10. Crying Into the Breadbox
  11. Disintegrating Smeller
  12. Eric Payne
  13. Forgetting the Words
  14. Free Smells
  15. Happiness for Art21 Magazine
  16. Jeremy Hunter’s Practice of Life
  17. Running of the Interns
  18. Self-squaring and Double Acting
  19. Sitting Suite for Seed
  20. To Sit is to Time Travel
  21. Use All Five
  22. Wood Fire Chicken for Lucky Peach
  23. Young Joon Kwak’s ‘The Cave’
  24. Show All

Bookshelves & Hard Optimism 2016

A commissioned essay for Norma (2016).

Norma, an LA-based studio for ‘objects, moveables and spaces,’ was headed to New York City to present their first design object: a modular, flat-pack bookshelf. I was tasked with writing a short, poetic essay that would introduce the studio to attendees at Sight Unseen Offsite, a popular fair that annually coincided with New York Design Week. Anchoring the contents of a beautifully designed sales document, this accessible and slightly unconventional ‘anti-bio bio’ communicated the studio’s central focus: seeking delight within a practice of good living.

“Collaborating with EB is a consistent pleasure. Norma has had the great fortune of working with Erik and his words across several commercial and curatorial pursuits since 2016. Erik brings simultaneous gravity and levity to topics that might otherwise be relegated to the mundane (ex. a sales document for a modular shelving system); and extracts unlikely poetry from seemingly inanimate objects (ex. an essay for a catalog of contemporary bookends), nearly anthropomorphizing his subjects here in ways that somehow feel novel and familiar at the same time.”
— Benjamin Critton & Heidi Korsavong, Co-founders