Monthly Archives: August 2011

Daily bits, 3 of 5

Letterology has a post on the newsletters produced by the Curwen Press / Darwination Scans, scandal sheets, mid-century tabloids and small ads. The above image is from the Johnson Smith & Company Catalog No. 148 (1938) / Working Lives in … Continue reading

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Daily bits, 2 of 5

Elaborate illustrations by Erwin Kho / drawings by Serena Olivieri / Ribbon Farm on the epic story of container shipping, an extended review and essay around Marc Levinson’s book The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and … Continue reading

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Daily bits, 1 of 5

Biomedical Ephemera, or: A Frog for Your Boils, an incredibly (and often incredibly disturbing) collection of historical imagery. Has a lot of common ground with the Scientific Illustration tumblr. While we’re regularly pointed towards tumblrs like welcome home, a hazy … Continue reading

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Flexi culture

A collection of cover images from Krugozor, a flexi-disc magazine made in the Soviet Union from 1964 to 1993. More information on this great lost pop cultural artefact can be found in Made in Russia: Unsung Icons of Soviet Design, … Continue reading

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Dumbstruck and Tumbling

Tumblr round-up. Picking and choosing nice ones is getting harder; tumblr is turning into a new version of Geocities, only all of those involved aren’t merely diarists, they’re now graphic designers or art directors or curators or social media engineers, … Continue reading

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The Red Table

The List Maker: ‘Notebooks and lists are, also, both the purview of the anxious.’ At tmn / The Book Collection, a photographic project by Paul Octavious. His short film ‘Indigo‘ is also rather beautiful (via Theo Inglis) /, Russian … Continue reading

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Islands of the mind

Yet more libertarian utopia concepts with the news of Peter Thiel’s investment in a proposed archipelago of floating micro countries (via Inhabitat and Archinect). Apart from the uncomfortable idea that a small fraction of our online sales are apparently going … Continue reading

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Melting into air

Whatever happened to silicon film? The dream is that someone designs and manufactures a device that can be slotted into the back of a traditional 35mm film camera in order to use the optics and body to take digital photographs. … Continue reading

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Cupboards, workstations and Butlins, Bognor Regis

Photography by Anna Fox, currently showing the John Hinde-like series ‘Resort‘ at James Hyman Photography. More images from ‘Resort‘ on her website, along with the juxtapositions of ‘My Mother’s Cupboards and My Father’s Words, the 80s office revealed in Workstations, … Continue reading

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Huts, houses and micro cars

Rock Family Trees by Pete Frame. The original and the best. With Grunge and Creation / art books and monographs collected at The Dor / Maraid’s photostream is rich with fine things, such as the Know the Game series, British … Continue reading

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New towns and modernist poltergeists

The 1957 sci-fi classic Quatermass 2 was filmed around the construction of the post-war wave of new town building in the UK, taking advantage of the eerie emptiness generated by roads to nowhere and suburbs without houses. The Island of … Continue reading

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Building blocks

Beautiful paper models of Prague, for those with infinite patience. Found and blogged by architect Lebbeus Woods (linked via Nicology). Many years ago we were invited to Cut & Assemble Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, a thankless task. Sites like … Continue reading

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Come back again

Not a trap, nor a hoax: Lower Manhattan’s Mysterious Warplane, referenced before, but always worth revisiting, as are any other architectural ‘easter eggs’ out there (via Scouting NY) / Now Voyager, a weblog / This’n’That, a weblog / the 48 … Continue reading

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Polished, broken glass

Gaudi used psychiatric hospital and its patients as his test bed, claim researchers: ‘Covered in broken tiles, the benches and follies in the garden [at the hospital in Sant Boi, south of Barcelona] were thought to have been later copies … Continue reading

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The decoy object

In a trackable culture, where every interaction with commerce is effectively catalogued somewhere, by someone, the potential for false trails and deliberate confusions is enormous. Gone is the trust that made the grand deceipts of the past such a success … Continue reading

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The ongoing allure of the old

Our God is Speed picks up on our recent post on internet-induced nostalgia and the pervasive “fetish of the failed, forgotten and the marginal”, and how it might be informed by “a deeper sociological narrative, springing from a sense of … Continue reading

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Back issue special offer

We’ve been digging through the archives and it turns out that there aren’t many physical copies of things left. The only issues we are still able to sell are 08, 09, 13, 14, 16, 17/18 and the current issue, 19/20. … Continue reading

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Airshows and Gridirons

Photographs from the 2001 Moscow Airshow (MAKS). Just a decade old, but they already have such an extraordinary feel of the distant past. Our memory of this event was the total freedom the crowd had to wander everywhere – practically … Continue reading

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Imaginary utopias

In the grand tradition of imaginary utopias: Nova Cantabrigiensis, ‘a utopian island in the middle of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia’. A new book by John Devlin, published by Island Editions (via wallpaper). The other imaginary city that springs instantly … Continue reading

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End of week tumbling

Architects and Heroes, a music tumblr / the cosmic inspiro-cloud, a monochrome world of mostly European modernism / Obscure Curiosities / Being Rem Koolhaas / Spectral Futurist / the Quirky Inventor / Meteoromancie, clouds, thunderbolts and lightning / Auto italia … Continue reading

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