I heart the internoodle.
There is actually a name for what I do. Knolling: “the process of arranging like objects in parallel or 90 degree angles as a method of organization.”
Apparently Knoll is a company known for angular chairs yada yada and somehow this word turned into a verb for organizing things in a logical way, so that they’re actually more visible and organized to the user.
And here I thought I was just nuts!
The American sculptor Tom Sachs spent two years in Gehry’s shop as a fabricator and adopted use of the term from Kromelow. Nowadays, knolling is integral to his process. Sachs adopted the phrase “Always be Knolling” as a mantra for his studio (in direct reference to Blake’s infamous “Always be Closing” in Glengarry Glen Ross), which he expands on in his 2009 studio manual, 10 Bullets:
BULLET II: ALWAYS BE KNOLLING (A.B.K)
- Scan your environment for materials, tools, books, music, etc. which are not in use.
- Put away everything not in use. If you aren’t sure, leave it out.
- Group all ‘like’ objects.
- Align or square all objects to either the surface they rest on, or the studio itself. [Wiki]
I first came across the knolling concept in a Salon article last week, but the Wiki piece does a much better job explaining the whole thing. I’ve been compulsively arranging stuff my whole life and am just so excited there’s actually a word for it, outside of the DSM-IV, I mean.
This is my knolling next to the stove.
Is knolling genetic? My daughter seems to be doing some too…
Now, what’s the word for needing things such as shirts on hangers, money in wallet, CDs on shelf, etc. to face the same direction?