the richness of the marketplace
there are places that are powerfully magnetic -
forests, for their dark earthy scents, filtered light patterned canopies and mysterious layered sounds..
mountains for their high view, crystaline air and physical challenges – and the power and force of their creation and ongoing evolution..
spiritual places for the sacred energy, celestial light, soaring volume, echoing chants, and feats of architecture - from the mosques of istanbul and morocco, the temples of kyoto and bhutan, and the cathedrals of europe..
and in all this exploring that i love to do, i am always drawn to the richness of the marketplace.
what makes these captivating places so dynamic, so full of energy, discovery, inspiration?
the people – creatively displaying the fruition of all their hard work, and those that are seeking a discovery. it is the public living room of the community – the best place to experience the diversity and connection to a culture in any place on the planet.
the craft – what is made, how it is displayed, the care in which the shop is curated.
the richness of the sensory experience – scents – food, leather, flowers, tobacco, spices – colors – brilliant arrays of fruits and vegetables, vibrant patterns and materials in a vast saturated spectrum – sounds – the shopkeepers calls, intimate chatting, collective sighs, calls to prayer – textures – woven textiles, hammered and etched metals, smooth pottery, ancient cobblestones.
From the berber markets in the foothills of the Atlas mountains, and the souks of Marrakech, to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul and Chandni Chowk in Delhi, from the Pike Place Market in Seattle to the food markets of central Java – there is a universal language. From the line of time back to nomadic trade routes and crossroads, to the modern day markets of urban cities – it is the fabric of human life, the celebration of human connections, the epicenter of human creative spirit – the marketplace.
working on the design of retail spaces, i’m learning to infuse that sensorial richness, layered experience, and inspiring memory of these places.
dac @home in the pike place market