The BLOK Philosophy

If you are interested in understanding more about the nature of the thought process behind our furniture and our business, then this page is for you...

The BLOK philosophy is essentially a marriage between Robert Pirsig's Metaphysics of Quality, the design principles of Modernism, and the 'artistic mass-production' ideology of the Bauhaus.

 

Quality:

"Quality is a characteristic of thought and statement that is recognized by a non-thinking process."

Robert Pirsig wrote expansively on the nature of Quality in his book Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.  In the sequel  Lila. Pirsig developed this idea into a more formal Metaphysics of Quality

At BLOK, we put Pirsig's concept of Quality at the very heart of our entire process.

What this means in layman's terms is quite simply that BLOK products are designed & built to generate satisfaction in their owner, both when looking at them, and when using them.

"The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right."

Furthermore, everything we do should aspire to be the best we can do. Whether this is in compiling assembly instructions, or arranging deliveries.

"Peace of mind produces right values, right values produce right thoughts. Right thoughts produce right actions and right actions produce work which will be a material reflection for others to see of the serenity at the centre of it all."

 

Modernism & the Bauhaus

"A thing is determined by its nature." - Walter Gropius

Beyond the Quality principle, the aesthetic appearance of our furniture is driven entirely by its function.

This is the Modernist design concept of 'Form Follows Function' first formally stated in the late 19th Century by American architecht Louis Sullivan. The principle was embraced through the first third of the 20th Century across a range of disciplines, including art. industrial product design, music, architecture and literature.

It was at the Bauhaus, that this construct of 'form follows function' was first successfully integrated into  a design-led mass production model.

"Our guiding principle was that design is neither an intellectual nor a material affair, but simply an integral part of the stuff of life, necessary for everyone in a civilized society." - Walter Gropius

 

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