Category Archives: design

Return to sender

Legofy any image (via MeFi, which also links a simpler version for the github averse) / paintings by Jason Barner-Rasmussen / Modernist Estates posts on the 1937 documentary Kensal House, a celebration of this ‘visionary gas-powered community in north-west London’. … 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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This and that

Keep Calm… the original, alone amidst a sea of imitators / slang terms for death / behind the scenes at IKEA / UnCube dedicates an issue to Zaha Hadid / London Centric, stunning images by Jason Hawkes / yet more … Continue reading

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On the road again

Unsurprisingly it turns out that Japanese RV culture is amazing. Check this collection of Micro Japanese RVs (camper vans) as well as some slightly larger ones. Check the Karucan, or the MiniBig from Car-Taka, who also sell the Prius-based Relax … Continue reading

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Don’t go in the basement

Architecture and design round-up. A couple of titanic Art Deco piles to kick-off: Villa Cavrois, France (via The Spaces) and Villa Dirickz, Belgium (via Wowhaus) / Cartastrophe, ‘mistakes were made’ in the presentation process. See also London-tubemap.com, a new way … Continue reading

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Surreptitious snaps

A selection of miniature and concealed photographic devices, taken from Bonhams’ upcoming camera auction. For example, a disguised camera from East Germany (see also Beyond the Wall: Art and artifacts from the GDR). A classic digital wrist watch camera outfit … Continue reading

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Stratified sampling

On the way down to visit the newly installed Radic Pavilion in Somerset, we passed the aftermath of the morning’s revelry at Stonehenge. The solar eclipse had lured a convoy of sun-worshippers, neo-pagans, tourists and members of the Wiltshire constabulary, … Continue reading

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Throwing shapes

A collection of more Wes Anderson Analysis than you could ever possibly need, courtesy of film blog Every Frame a Painting / Piccadilly Circus, an illustration by Renzo Picasso from 1929. There’s a larger archive of Picasso’s work here. The … Continue reading

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Own a small piece of the moon

Moonfire: The epic journey of Apollo 11 is an enhanced pictorial edit of Norman Mailer’s Time reportage on the moon programme. It seems that Mailer didn’t really enjoy the whole experience, feeling that it lacked a certain magic; he certainly … Continue reading

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Flightplans

A Day over the UK, a visualisation produced by the National Air Traffic Services / Magicians of Miniature (via MeFi) looks at aviation from another angle, the design and construction of intensely detailed miniatures from the early days of cinematic … Continue reading

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A collection of (mostly) creative things

Gilded and curved, the new Field Notes edition / Tumblr round-up: Grey Frequency, an ‘ambient music project’ / polychromatic images at Glorified Normal Stuff / incredible animations at Paper Orchard / portfolios and more at Lemon Zest / architectural constructions … Continue reading

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Future visions, grand and small

Apodemy, a short film by Katerina Athanaspoulou / The case of the missing chimneys: Lots Road Power Station at The Library Time Machine, an excellent local studies weblog. The power station is soon to become part of Chelsea Waterfront / … Continue reading

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Up in the air

Drawing the ISS from memory, an exercise that reveals preconceptions, misconceptions and most of all our imaginative musings about what a space station should look for, shaped by images from ‘science fiction, speculative futurism, and alternate or parallel histories.’ The … Continue reading

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Shining light on a conspiracy

The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy tells the tale of how early bulbs were essentially under-engineered in order to keep sales at a healthy level. This ‘conspiracy’ was set in motion by the Phoebus Cartel, an affiliation of big bulb manufacturers to … Continue reading

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I’m standing all by myself,

Ringo or Robin Ltd was a furniture company set up by Ringo Starr in 1969, alongside the designer Robin Cruikshank. Ringo’s foray into the heady world of 70s interior design was once little chronicled, with information found via such august … Continue reading

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On the road

The 1939 Lindbergh Travel Trailer, ‘designed in San Carlos, California, by an engineer of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. This trailer was custom-built for famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, hence its name. Skinned in aluminum to reduce weight and enhance appearance, … Continue reading

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Driving Dreams

Driving Dreams is a proposed documentary by Daniel Tomicic exploring Italian car design, focusing on the industry’s heyday from the 1950s to 1970s. There’s an Indiegogo campaign and the finished film will include footage taken at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa … Continue reading

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Ice and a slice

Gerry Judah’s sculptures have graced the lawns of Goodwood House since 1997, each featuring an elaborate piece of architectural sculpture dedicated to a specific manufacturer. This year the marque being celebrated was Mercedes-Benz. Check a 360 degree timelapse of the … Continue reading

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Streets in the sky

Britain’s best Carchitecture, off the back of the Carscapes exhibition. See also Carscapes: The Motor Car, Architecture, and Landscape in England, Carchitecture and the world of Motopia / LincVolt, electrifying classics. See also Zombie 222 / Formula 1 Pit Stops … Continue reading

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High and dry

Travel costs from central London. The darker the red, the pricier the (train) journey. A project by Chris Heathcote / happy to find a copy of this gem the other day; Seventies light entertainment given the Meades treatment / recommended … Continue reading

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