Monthly Archives: October 2012

Still lives and objects

The F.K. 23 Bantam was developed in 1917 by Dutch aviation pioneer Frederick Koolhoven, then working as chief designer at British Aerial Transport Company. The biplane was intended as a fighter for the nascent Royal Air Force in the First … Continue reading

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A selection of links for the weekend

A random selection of links to delve into / all about George Bull, three mediums delve deep into the history of a former chocolate factory / a few weeks ago we posted this image, ‘helmet‘, to our tumblr and it … Continue reading

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Letters to the Children of Troy

Our History: Letters to the Children of Troy, May 1971 (via Brian Busby): ‘In early 1971, [children’s librarian Marguerite] Hart wrote to dozens of actors, authors, artists, musicians, playwrights, librarians, and politicians of the day. She asked them to write … Continue reading

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Wipers and telephones

Satirical Magazines of the First World War: Punch and the Wipers Times. The latter publication – compiled in a facsimile edition by Peter Davies in 1973 – was one of several trench magazines, written and printed in terrible conditions: Its … Continue reading

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Histories of power and rock and roll mice

The Nimbus MkIII is a ”pareidolic robot’ that identifies forms and faces in clouds.’ (via b3ta, one of many visionary projects showcased at the RCA’s Design Interactions 2012 site. We also liked A Brief History of Power by Tobias Revell … Continue reading

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A Natural Order

‘A Natural Order‘ is a photographic series by Lucas Foglia: ‘From 2006 through 2010, I traveled throughout the southeastern United States befriending, photographing, and interviewing a network of people who left cities and suburbs to live off the grid. Motivated … Continue reading

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Off road and down dale

‘Thierry de Montcorgé, a competitive driver in safari rallies such as Bandama or Nice-Abidjan, is at the origin of a crazy bet: race a Rolls Royce in the Paris Dakar safari rally. What was just an idea during a dinner … Continue reading

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A cache of books

MetPublications has a selection of full text books, putting pdfs of new and out of print art books into your hands for free (via MeFi). Titles include All the Mighty World: The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852–1860 (above, Windsor Castle, … Continue reading

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Pop culture design history for the tumblr generation, OMG that Artifact!. Neil McGregor eat your heart out / The murky allure of the Loch Ness monster. Apparently, ‘Christian Fundamentalists Teach US Children Loch Ness Monster Is Real To Disprove Evolution‘. … Continue reading

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Friday links

Quick link round-up. ‘Fossilizing’ With a Camera, revisiting Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Dioramas project / 9 experiments in large, a slideshow round-up of new architectural concepts / Adrift (Tyen) is a first person game that creates an atmosphere of creeping dread, simply … Continue reading

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A full deck

The (un)Made in China exhibition at Beijing Design Week explores the delights of working in a foreign culture, namely the many grand projects by Western architects that were proposed in the white heat of China’s economic explosion and then, for … Continue reading

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From Russia with love

Rodcorp is embarking on a re-reading of the Ian Fleming James Bond books: Bond 1: Not Stirred, with ultra-pithy plot summaries (‘Doctor No (1958) is the one with guano, claw hands, Honey Rider and Jamaica.’) and an acute eye for … Continue reading

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The WOW for the way out

WOW is billed as ‘the most minimal record ever made’: ‘The WOW happens when you play several records simultaneously. Since each record player is unique, the tone will alter slightly depending on its mechanical components. In combination these tones create … Continue reading

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Unethical photography

Another gallery of evocative/depressing/stunning ruined architecture (delete as applicable), this time it’s photographs of abandoned mid-century modern homes at Flavorwire. We’ve mentioned the photography of Chris Mottalini before, but we’re new to the work of Mikael Olsson. The images shown … Continue reading

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The Ship of Riddles and the Full Scale Falcon Project

‘Full Scale Falcon is a quest to build the ultimate Star Wars prop: a 1:1 scale ESB/ANH hybrid Millennium Falcon with complete, correctly scaled interior. Yes, I have completely lost my mind, just like most of my friends and family … Continue reading

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‘… the Isabella; a kind of whitish-yellow-dingy.’

Something compelled us to revisit, home of the incredible Giornale Nuovo, a short-lived weblog that lives on as the closest approximation the internet has to a dusty old book, forgotten on a distant library shelf, offering up unceasing wonders … Continue reading

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The mist closes in

A Thief in the Night, the classic 70s-era tale of global rapture / Penguin is taking a leaf out of Channel 4’s book, translating its logo into giant three-dimensional objects / images from the Danse Macabre (via BibliOdyssey – ‘no … Continue reading

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Another point of view

Rorik Smith paints remarkably dense architectural images, full of twisting viewpoints and multiple perspectives / the art of Simon Laurie / Lunch hour pops, a tumblr / The Coolhunter discovers the hidden peril of relying on social media: When Facebook … Continue reading

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Ways of seeing

Above: 6 Robots Named Paul is an installation by the artist Patrick Tresset as part of the Merge Festival: ‘Gallery visitors will be able to have their portrait sketched by 5 of Tresset’s robots. Each robot will draw the sitter … Continue reading

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Blue skied an’ clear

Above, Hyde Park in the rain. La Palette de Londres, the city broken down into its constituent Pantone numbers / Birds in London, Heraclitean Fire on an 1868 book by W. H. Hudson exploring the city’s avian population / Ulverston, … Continue reading

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