Monthly Archives: January 2013

Fading away

Jonathan Meades on the Joy of Essex, highly recommended / Is it time to bid farewell to the architecture book? Monograph makers are shuttering their presses and switching to digital only publication as the idea of a large, rapidly-dating piece … Continue reading

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Up, up and away

Where the Viper Gets Its Vroom, an essay of ‘photographic illustrations’ by Brett Beyer on the modern American auto plant, in this case Chrysler’s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit. The NYT is touchy about the use of the term … Continue reading

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Imaginary views and made up buildings

We often get called out for being too much in awe to Lego, but CUUSOO is something to keep an eye on, a kind of Kickstarter for Lego models, where users post extraordinarily detailed and complicated models – such as … Continue reading

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Small is beautiful

The 1957 Voisin Biscooter C31, part of RM Auction’s Sale of the entire contents of the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum (via MeFi). For more Voisin, see our earlier post, Dead icons.

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Weekend things

Sadly unavailable to buy in the UK: Yellow Loveless, a tribute album (via MeFi) / Renaud Marion makes photographs of floating cars / things to watch: Memorex is a loving homage to the neon-tinged early days of CGI, legwarmers and … Continue reading

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All seeing

Against Tumblr at Maisonneuve Magazine: ‘But Tumblr, infectious as it may be, is symptomatic of a vacuous taste-making culture that thrives on fickle inside jokes and the immediacy of novelty qua novelty’ / taking custom made Lego set to the … Continue reading

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Known issues

Old Shapes, New Brutality, a sculpture by artist Nick Hornby (not that one). See also the work of Nick Cave (not that one) / What are some famous works of obsession? See also, The Old Man and the C Drive, … Continue reading

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The origins of circuit bending

ET wasn’t the first circuit bender. The term, used to refer to ‘the creative customization of the circuits within electronic devices… to create new musical or visual instruments and sound generators’, has been around since 1992 and was coined by … Continue reading

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Vtech and tech

Electronic toys are at their heart imitative, that is to say they ape the ‘toys’ and objects of the grown-up world. A company like VTech, founded in 1976 in Hong Kong to cash in of the growing bandwagon for simple … Continue reading

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Click Opera

There’s something clever – and sinister – going on here: Upgrade your (in)security cam firmware is a site that scrapes the web for open webcam software, plotting the results on a world map so you can dive in on hundreds … Continue reading

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Stacks and wrecks

The Richard Balsbaugh Collection of Vintage Radios / art by Rob Chavasse. We especially like Wild Bean Cafe (above), part of his Stack Series and available as a limited edition print from The Sunday Painter / bbonthebrink, a weblog about … Continue reading

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Art of Glass

Doll’s House with Fall Out Shelter, c 1961 (via MeFi). At the blog Ranch Dressing with Eartha Kitsch / James Bond and the triumph of product placement: limited edition promotional Samsonite attaché briefcase for Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997 / buy … Continue reading

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On the right track

The ‘most murderous place in television crime drama is Cabot Cove, the fictional hometown of Jessica Fletcher from Murder, She Wrote. Fletcher was solving five cases a year in Cabot Cove, which CBS, who broadcast the programme, said had a … Continue reading

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This and that

Watershed+ is a great tumblr by a Calgary-based public arts initiative, focusing on architectural and artistic interventions surrounding water and society, old and new / the Capitol Building under construction, 1863 / the Design Museum’s 2013 designs of the year … Continue reading

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The original postcard versions

Postcards, new year’s cards and much, much more at the colossal collection of Japanese postcards at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Above, From an Airplane (Hikoki kara), late Meiji era. We also like this: To Tomita Beach, circa 1936. … Continue reading

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A few random links

Hendzel and Hunt are furniture makers in Peckham, with bespoke creations including the optically confusing Dreamworks Cabinet / cats of war, an ongoing series at Panabasis, the journal of the Janus Museum / Airdroid is clever stuff, allowing desktop access … Continue reading

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Trolleys and monuments

Documenting Modern Living, ‘digitizing the Miller House and Garden Collection’, a website devoted to cataloguing and presenting the correspondence and ephemera created during the design and construction of the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana, designed by Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard … Continue reading

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Lu, Kraft and UFOs

Lefèvre-Utile bake biscuits. Better known as LU, the French company started in Nantes in 1846, initially as a distributor for Huntley and Palmers before then baking their own. Best known for their elaborate posters by Alfonse Mucha and Firmin Bouisset, … Continue reading

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Photography, tumblrs and more

Meditations on Photographs: A Car on Fire at the Mall by JM Colberg: ‘The act of photographing, the gesture, has become part of our interaction with the world. You photograph just like you look. You know that you can never … Continue reading

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A thing-searcher

‘I don’t know what you’ve got in mind,’ said Pippi, ‘but I’m not the sort to lie around. I’m a thing-searcher, you see. And that means I never have a moment to spare.’ ‘What did you say you were?’ asked … Continue reading

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