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Monday, January 31, 2005
Span Kent is a wonderful site cataloguing the slightly experimental 'SPAN' homes overseen by architect Eric Lyons in the 1960s. There are pockets of well-designed 1960s-era housing all over the UK, but the good is mostly outnumbered by the bad and indifferent. However, as with all things that are a little bit unusual, a cult following is assured. I wasn't previously aware of author Michael Frayn's involvement in the North Several development in Blackheath, designed by Royston Summers (via the rat and mouse, a UK-centric weblog obsessing about house prices and the up and down market - our own version of curbed?).

The SPAN link was originally via Homespun Vintage, who will sell you elegantly worn but still chic furniture, at a price. A great-looking site with the Hyperkit stamp of quality. Elsewhere. If it's been in or near an aeroplane, chances are someone somewhere will collect it. But NapkinAir surprised even us. The owner of this comprehensive collection admits that 'airline napkins are an overlooked area of collecting.' Link via evenings on the lake, who also link to auto logos at Cartype, a site devoted to the interface of automobiles and design. It also lists dealer tags.

'Giving up the ghost' delves further into the saga of Jennie Erdal's Ghosting by giving the other side of the story. Link courtesy of the Literary Saloon (which collates reviews of the book here) / re-drawing the map for a 38-state nation, a proposal from 1975 / security robots, scampering around like metal cockroaches / secrets, guilty or otherwise / trucks in iceland, via incoming signals / Tokyo in 100,000 images. Including historic Japan / Jean Snow is in Tokyo, with an eye for contemporary architecture and design / Sublime Magazine, 'the first international ethical lifestyle magazine' / Near Near Future is dragging up links to all sorts: guerilla knitters.

The Information Machine, a short film directed by Charles and Ray Eames, commissioned by IBM in 1958 for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. The animation was by John Whitney and music by Elmer Bernstein. Expo 58 is best known for the fabulous Atomium (at this excellent Expo site, which is a treasure trove of old photos). See also these Soviet match box labels from the exhibition. The Atomium is being restored and the original aluminium panels are for sale, 1000 panels at 1000 euros each. Order yours now.

Thanks to Nick at Blanketfort for font help. Thanks for the link to Hieronymus Bosch action figures. More Bosch on this page of medieval art, with decent-sized scans.