Category Archives: art


Hold Zara Responsible for Art Theft / beautiful architectural photography and drone imagery by Dimitar Karanikolov / thanks for the tip, The London Parchment / the City of London Picture Map / Laurence Jones paints Modernism by night / the … Continue reading

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Throwing itself under the [Micro]bus

The psychology of the VW emissions scandal laid bare (via MeFi), a decade-long deception that stems, in part, from VW’s stubborn desire to give the US market what it thought it needed as opposed to what it so clearly wanted … Continue reading

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Link review: design, art and photography

When we embarked on this rather thankless project a few days ago, we forgot to thank Roberto at ArchEyes for drawing our attention to the thicket of 404s that filled the sidebar. Hopefully that is all now being rectified. So … Continue reading

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Side by side

The Subtle Design Features That Make Cities Feel More Hostile / gallery upon gallery of pristine 70s and 80s metal for sale by KGF Classic Cars / Ye Olde Medieval Tube Map (via Kottke) / see also Side by Side … Continue reading

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Piles of things moved from there to here

Ongoing link dump, apologies for random stream of thought. Brutalist Websites, or rugged style that transcends fashion. See also anything built in Indexhibit (via MeFi) / the life of designer Alan Bartram / visual musings on the Apple Car / … Continue reading

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Back from the brink

Apologies for the long absence. Architecture: ten Zaha Hadid designs that were never built / Peter Zumthor’s first project, from 1970, ‘available to rent for a weekend at half the price of the latest Zumthor 850-page long monograph‘. At the … Continue reading

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Maybe it’s my clothes must be to blame

The idea of torching ‘several million pounds worth’ of punk memorabilia is suitably iconoclastic at first glance, but scratch the surface and it’s paradoxes all the way down. No-one is denying that the transient ephemera of an era has a … Continue reading

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Six points

The book covers of Le Corbusier (with thanks to Alexis Orloff) / 1930 Bentley “Blue Train” Recreation / the ‘noble failure’ of Flaine, the first, and only, Brutalist ski resort / London Pubs, a series by illustrator Ben Lamb / … Continue reading

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Visual culture, redux

The Mindblowing Special Effects Used On ‘Carol’ / Walk the Line, an edition of UnCube magazine devoted the art of drawing / Nick Cave: Stranger in a Strange Land, a documentary from 1987 / live music from GIRAFFES? GIRAFFES! / … Continue reading

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Fake it till you make it

A series of concrete installations by David Umemoto / Hybrids in the Air, what next for the Fairey Rotodyne. More at the BBC. The painting was by the late Cavendish Morton, artist, designer, educator and all-round creative mind / illustrations … Continue reading

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White horses

A roiling digital sea: a beautiful wave simulator / Casa Michael Bay, Hollywood / Filigrane, a tumblr by by photographer Maxime Brouillet / The Garden of Earthly Delights (via MeFi). From the link, two locations hosting vast art scans: Wikipedia … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under

It’s easy to sneer at the misguided thinking behind the most elaborate way-out one-off concept cars – the recent Qatari Elibriea springs to mind – but the logic of creating a striking but improbable proposal to buoy interest in your … Continue reading

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David Byrne’s ‘Guitar Pedals‘, Tokyo, 2010 (via Effect Pedal). More.

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Concrete and jungles

Urban Jungle Street View, transform the world into some kind of post-human, after Earth-style garden city / related, architectural wastelands by Nicolas Moulins (via Socks Studio) / 4K Sun / Cat’s Forehead, contemporary visual culture in Japan (‘The name CAT’S … Continue reading

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Wonder me makes it ooh

A selection of pieces to read: The Finnish pocket computer that wants to take over the world / Inside the Secret World of Russia’s Cold War Mapmakers / How Esquire engineered the modern bachelor / the science behind fata morgana, … Continue reading

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Whine and cheese

Reading Design is a repository for new and old writing about visual culture, from treatises on whether irony is killing design? to Sue Barr’s Autostrade photo series. The archive will grow as more is added in time / a colossal … Continue reading

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Daft, inappropriate or wasteful

Some connected things. Love London Council Housing, an obviously titled blog celebrating the best of social housing in the capital. To be read in conjunction with Modernist Estates, this recent news story – ‘One in three councils ‘not replacing Right … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes at the mill

Private Eye’s alternative Land Registry maps the scale of off-shore property ownership in the UK. The map sets out property acquired by overseas companies between 2005 and July 2014 / sort of related, a collection of the UK’s top 10 … Continue reading

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Bottles and apples

A random collection that encompasses almost everything. Scans from ‘the earliest Chinese book printed by the technique of polychrome xylography‘ / Thomas Kiefer, the El Sueno Americano Project / Alcor once more / Lawrence Lee Magnuson continues to curate one … Continue reading

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Mystery train

Romantic London hosts a fascinating, if depressing, mapped version of the infamous Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies for 1788, a regular publication chronicling the availability of vice in 18th century London (via MeFi) / Chain, Chest, Curse: Combating Book … Continue reading

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