Your life in their hands
, Fiona Rattray on the genius of Muji
, the Japanese firm
that swept into the UK bringing everything brown, grey and green, in 1991 (in Carnaby Street, of all places). While the UK branch is only just diversifying into consumer electronics (the CD player
being a particular hit in the things
household), in Japan you can specify entire houses
, or even go camping with the Muji Outdoor Network
.Why we should junk the green belt
, Grand Designs'
Kevin McCloud gets wound up about 'crappy little noddy houses' and proposes that planning restrictions be abolished, so that 'people [could] build what they like, where they like.' Any catches? 'The only restriction would be that they would have to use an architect' / when not re-designing the whole country, check the London Architecture Diary
to see what's on in the capital.
The pre-war architecture
of Warsaw, a city that suffered 85% destruction during WW2. Features interactive maps and before and after imagery. The reconstructed town centre is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site
. Related, the best of Polish jazz
/ Junior Bonner
has links to all kinds of book scans - a little bit like our own projects
page but somewhat more committed / going back to the moon
, a little movie of coming attractions from around 2015 / the 'ruined edition' of Leisure Centre
, out now.What's inside your bag?
, a flickr pool, via gadgets.fosfor.se
. Another random pool: wheelie bins
/ 8mm monster movies
/ Oak Tree Enterprises
sell everything: guitar effects
, old clocks
, contemporary electronics
and early video games
/ retro car catalogue
images / six-wheelers by French coachbuilders Tissier
. Reconsidering Eero [Saarinen]
: 'Saarinen died young and very much out of critical favor, but the judgment of history seems to have turned for this long-neglected master.'