Homes Away From Home
The match made me think of one of my homes away from home. It finished just shortly before 4 am. I stayed up for it because I like to watch a good game of tennis, especially if it is played by two players who don’t grunt. The “GOAT” won in five sets. For many, he’s the greatest tennis player of all time. Others place him first in the Pantheon of best professional athletes.
I like to see him play for all those reasons and one more. He hails from Basel where I lived for six years. Basel is one of my homes away from home. The Kunstgewerbeschule I went to has been renamed Schule für Gestaltung which isn’t very helpful unless you know German. It roughly translates as College for Applied Arts. It was and still is famous for turning out some of the best “Swiss” graphic designers. It was a privilege to be just one of nine students being taught for four years by teachers whom we admired. Most important among them was Armin Hofmann who is now 97 and whose work is featured at the MoMA website. The college traces its roots to the Bauhaus in Dresden, teaching that less is more, and form follows function.