Everything New


“Everything new stalls because there is precedence for the old.”

— Poul Henningsen (1894-1967)

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11 Responses to Everything New

  1. Mike Siemsen says:

    Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,
    vanity of vanities! All is vanity.

    What does man gain by all the toil
    at which he toils under the sun?
    A generation goes, and a generation comes,
    but the earth remains forever.

    The sun rises, and the sun goes down,
    and hastens to the place where it rises.

    The wind blows to the south
    and goes around to the north;
    around and around goes the wind,
    and on its circuits the wind returns.

    All streams run to the sea,
    but the sea is not full;
    to the place where the streams flow,
    there they flow again.

    All things are full of weariness;
    a man cannot utter it;
    the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
    nor the ear filled with hearing.

    What has been is what will be,
    and what has been done is what will be done,
    and there is nothing new under the sun.

    Is there a thing of which it is said,
    “See, this is new”?
    It has been already
    in the ages before us.

    There is no remembrance of former things,
    nor will there be any remembrance
    of later things yet to be among those who come after.

    Solomon, 1025 to 931 BCE

    • Cameron says:

      “There is no remembrance of former things,
      nor will there be any remembrance
      of later things…-‘1025 to 931 BCE’.”

      There’s some irony.

      Henningsen’s quote seems to put an appropriate spin on the old sentiment – though he had the benefit of witnessing fangle things like electricity and medicine. I suppose electricity was always there in a sense…

      “The sin which is unpardonable is knowingly and wilfully to reject truth, to fear knowledge lest that knowledge pander not to thy prejudices.”

  2. kendewitt608 says:

    No point in trying to top Mike Siemsen, case closed !

  3. Hi,

    What is a chair? This is. Case closed.

    Have a nice day,

  4. Bob Jones says:

    The 3 legged version looked fun, but this one looks fantastic. I’ll build a set once I get this soon to be named book 🙂
    I hope it involves the word permenance, however you spell it.

    • raney says:

      Total agreement. 3 legs was a neat exercise, and better than I’d have thought.

      This, though, is iconic.

      The ‘platonic form reduction’ sauce is paying off big time.

  5. ctregan says:

    Moravian plank stick modern?

  6. Alvin says:

    Med(ieval) Modern.

  7. Josh says:

    Does that make it Mid-Millennium Modern?

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