Sunday, May 22, 2011

CBS Sunday Morning on May 22, 2011

Charles Osgood previewed the stories for May 22, 2011, the design issue, presented from Columbus, Indiana. The cover story is about "cities are back." Returning to the city is the only way to go. Why is city life so appealing? The next story was "In the doghouse," about design of places for pets. The next story was by Anthony Mason on Diane von Furstenburg. The next story was on French lingerie (Less is More). The next story was by Bill Geist on golf carts (a la cart). Also: Get a grip; Sydney opera house.

Russ Mitchell did the news, starting with Mitch Daniels. Herman Kane did announce. Obama starts an international trip. Pope giving blessings to astronauts. Volcanic eruption in Iceland. Result of 136th Preakness. World end on May 21. Russ did the weather for the week: a lot of rain.

Columbus, Indiana has 44,000 people. J. Irwin Miller, of Cummins Engine, plowed profits into architecture in Columbus. I. M. Pei did the Columbus Library. Eliell Saarinen did church. Excellence ought to be pursued in everything you do. A standout small town by design. The story switched to Seth Doane on cities. By 2050 3/4 of people will live in cities. Seth interviewed someone (Connie Curran) went from suburbs to San Francisco. "I'm living life" (middle age at 62?). Many urbanites are healthier. Drive less; live in smaller space; use less energy. Connie has lucite stairwell. Edward Glaeser: city workers make 30% more. Unbelievably productive part of America. 250 million Americans (3/4) share 3% of our land area. Olive Branch MS is fastest growing city in US. Cow Penn to Olive Branch, is just outside of Memphis, and now has 34,000 people. Most of fastest growing cities are Southern cities. "January temperature." America 1900 relied on Great Lakes. Randy and Shannon Taylor moved to Olive Branch. Janice Turner is life long resident in Olive Branch. The largest 25 cities in the world account for more than half of the world's wealth.

The personal residence of the Millers includes a "conversation pit." The home was donated to the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
The next story was about selling homes, and difficulties thereof. A secret weapon for sellers: staging. Can't waste time on ugly houses. Staging is a facelift. The first impression: need to immediately feel comfort. Lived in turned into "longed for." The most important changes are the easiest. Staging can involve changing the furniture. Re-thinking the whole place. 1 in 4 homes on the market are staged. Professional staging can cost 3% of asking price. Changing paint; changing carpet.

Smile. Richard Roth started with a clip from "Friends," and talked about teeth. The artistry in modern dentistry is in a smile that is hardly noticed. Dentist Todd Bartsky of Miami. The Institute for Age Management and Intervention. More than a drill and fill. "I kind of look at myself as an architect." A precise calibration of shape and color. Symmetrical restoration but not too perfect. Jason Kim is a dental ceramist in New York. Kim adds translucence to his porcelain "forgeries." 1 out of 20 middle age people are missing teeth.

Charles Osgood (wearing mustard colored pants) presented the Columbus Philharmonic. Then Rita Braver in Sydney Australia.
7 million visitors per year. 22 stories high; 67,000 square feet of glass, from Sweden. The competition to design the building started in 1955. The engineers initially decided the building could not be done. Instead of 3 years to build, it took 14 years. The building opened in 1973. In 1999, the architect reconciled with opera house management.

Osgood began the next clip in the dining room of the Miller house. The clip was on "smart design" on kitchen utensils. David Stoll. French white line of Corning Ware. Sam Farber called about potato peeler. Bike handle added to potato peeler. The Oxo signature product. Make the task easier or faster. A novel jar opener. Some of these sit in MOMA. Smart Design helped design the Flip camcorder. Worked with Ford on instrument panel. At the end of the story was an image of a US Patent.

Osgood, in the awful mustard colored pants, introduced a Teichner piece on jewelry design. Wings form earrings and tail becomes broach. "Set in Style" of Cooper-Hewit Museum in New York. Arthur van Cleef and Arpels on "art deco." Peony broaches; mystery setting. Van Cleef store shown to be next to Bergdorf's. Jewelry from Elizabeth Taylor: the amethysts matched her eyes. Duchess of Windsor: a necklace that zips. The youngest diamond is over 900 million years old [?] The show moved immediately into French lingerie. Aubade. There was an interview with the "brand director." It can take two years from going from concept to consumer. One design has to fit 19 separate sizes. Egyptians originated lingerie. American patented first bra in early 20th century. spandex. Advertising became daring. First bra for a teenager (90 euros in cost).

Doll house by Alexander Gerard introduced piece on dog houses. Barkitecture. Brian Pickard designed postmodern doghouse. People can afford mini-modern architecture (ie, a doghouse). Guinea pig houses. Chicken coop by James Ramsey. Americans will spend $50 billion on pets next year. [Nothing in the story on parrots.]

Osgood notes he was once a soda jerk. What's old is new again, introduced Diane von Furstenburg. The legendary designer is hot again. Born in Brussels. In 1974, the wrap dress. Michelle Obama wore a wrap dress in a picture used in Christmas card. Marriage was never a destination for me. A new home fashion line. The von Furstenburg bed. Bed is superimportant. I'm not tired of who I am; that would be sad.

Landscape gardens at the Miller's home laid out in the 1950's. Leading to the gardens of Kyoto, Japan. Sand gardens. Zen masterpiece. One of 15 stones is always out of view. A sandlot in the middle of the jungle. A 500 year old tea garden. A tokonoma (alcove). World Heritage Temple. Gardens exist to please the eye and soothe the soul. When it comes to gardens, nothing is written in stone.

Central Fire Station and a Stutz fire engine introduced piece by Bill Geist on golf carts. A village designed with 90 miles of golf cart paths. Golf cart life style. 2/3 of golf carts never see golf course. Deborah Moffet heads the street rod association. The Villages, Florida. Historic Side of LaGrande Plaza. near the Post Office across 27/441.

Moment of nature in St. Augustine, Florida. Roseate spoonbill and other birds.

*** As a footnote on Cummins, from the post How Cummins Does It

In India, the two-year-old Cummins Research & Technology India center in Pune is playing an important role in helping the company slash development costs and time in its bid to best such arch-rivals as Caterpillar Inc. (CAT ) in building a new generation of diesel engines. Cummins is tapping India's immense pool of skilled, low-cost engineers.


Cummins engineers in the West do similar work, of course. But because such labor is so expensive, "we had to be very selective in the past," says O'Halloran. "You can come up with hundreds of things to simulate in a computer. But we were constrained by the number of engineers, so you had to decide which tasks were most critical."


Investing in local manufacturing. Grooming managers for the long term. Exporting when it makes sense, and tapping local engineering brainpower. Many multinationals are now emulating these strategies in China and India. Cummins figured it out well before the competition.


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