Antoni Gaudi and The Antoni Tee | The Pursuit of Perfection

Perfection. A persistent desire, often a point of intense frustration, and certainly a concept of incredible depth and philosophical pursuit. Great thinkers, including the likes of Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, and Kant, have all weighed in heavily on the subject. Of course, this shouldn't be terribly surprising  for a word of such breadth and consequence. A word whose definition is, out of necessity, quite fluid.

More often than not, perfection does justice to its Latin roots - originally meaning finished, or nothing missing. That is, if one is to live a perfect life, it is thought to be a complete life, or if one is to be in perfect health, it is a health that lacks nothing. Sometimes, however, purpose better lends itself to defining perfection. In the case of a perfect machine, for example, we might say the machine has, in its entirety, fulfilled its purpose. Things tend to become quite complicated though, when dealing with art and aesthetics. From perfect proportions and ratios, to perfect shapes and arrangements, very specific qualities have been proposed. That said, we can’t help but feel challenged by the subjectivity involved and that old adage, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

Antoni Gaudí was a Catalan architect known for the development of and contributions to the Modernista movement, as well as his magnum opus, the world-renowned Sagrada Familia. Gaudí was influenced heavily by Oriental techniques and Neo-Gothic art and architecture, both of which are visible in the immaculate detail and intricacy present in his works.

At his core, Gaudí was an absolute perfectionist, both artistically and technically. He spent an extraordinary amount of time working out the intricate details of both his exteriors and interiors - going as far as his mouldings, ironwork, colors, and even furnishings. Regardless of how one chooses to define perfection, they must appreciate the incredible (and extremely beautiful work) of Antoni Gaudí. We found a great deal of inspiration in him while working on our Merino tee.

The Antoni Tee is a tribute to Gaudí’s commitment to craftsmanship and the pursuit of perfecting the very styles and approaches that influenced him in his own work. It’s a tribute to the perfectionist in all of us. The shirt is  an effort to master what came before us; to improve upon a classic, minimal aesthetic by utilizing revolutionary materials and detail-oriented construction. It’s a tee that’s aesthetically pleasing, lacks nothing and wholeheartedly fulfills its purpose. We must then, by definition, call it perfect.

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Dialectics and Humanism
Volume 8, Issue 2, Spring 1981
Władysław Tatarkiewicz
Pages 11-12

A Global History of Architecture, 3rd Edition
Francis D.K. Ching, Mark M. Jarzombek, and Vikramaditya Prakash

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