BirdWatching - Reflecting on Very Small Spaces

It’s quite often that I speak about Small Living.  Being a Californian by nature, I relish in what for us has become a virtual oxymoron. 

Small & Living?  At the same time?  How so?  How does one function?  Where does one keep their…. Stuff?

It is quite often that the Californian is in shock over the purely utilitarian structures we call New York living. 
And are surprised when we learn just what it entails.


It was during an exhibit at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, affectionately known by foreigners as MAKK, that I happened across a piece by the Dutch group Makkink & Bey.  This particular piece, Birdwatch Cabinet for a Girl, embodied the spirit of Small Living.  A box, sandblasted and embellished with identifiable birds, elevated and protected from the elements, providing all of the necessary provisions to seek out various flying creatures. 

Although the designers, architect Rianne Makkink and architect Jurgen Bey, meant the piece as a little girl’s playhouse, I couldn’t help but see an element of reflection.  Not that I’m religious but I couldn’t help but think of the Prie Dieu, a piece of prayer furniture meant as a structure on which to reflect on the presence of a higher power.  Similarly, Birdwatch Cabinet is structured as a place of reflection – its open work slats allow for parallel streams of light to dance off of its strikingly barren interior, its detailed coat hook a place to perch worldly belongings, and a single window in which to view the outside world. 

Simply stunning in its execution with an allowance for introspection.

 Isn’t it Romantic? | Museum für Angewandte Kunst
Through April 21st

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