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 seaside cabins (above), a set of vintage architecture photos (mostly in Leeds – compare and contrast with Owen Hatherley’s contemporary images) and over a thousand matchbox labels / new images by Filip Dujardin that splice and dice contemporary architecture into a constructivist dystopia. Dujardin’s own web page; his commercial work is just as powerful, if not more so, than the collaged ‘fictions’.

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Anatomy of a Mashup, 23 x Daft Punk tunes spliced together by The Man in Blue / Corb’s Car, a review of Antonio Amado’s Voiture Minimum: Le Corbusier and the Automobile. The review is rather damning of the Corbusian effort (‘Slab-sided, and aggressively Euclidian, with arcs and planes where his peers imagined aircraft-like swoops and ogee curves, it has all the charm of a self-propelled, home-built travel trailer.’), maintaining that it was ultimately part of a still shuttered-off dead-end that saw pure industrial design get overtaken by the desire-driven world of the stylist: ‘It was up to a new breed of industrial designer – Norman Bel Geddes, under-the-radar William Stout, and of course Raymond Loewy – to crack the code that separated elite patronage from the all powerful consumer.’

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Corb’s car is certainly more attuned to contemporary sensibilities than the imaginings (and constructions) of his peers; Walter Gropius’s sober, staid designs for Adler, or Frank Lloyd Wright’s carnival red Lincoln Continental (from ‘The Auto as Architect’s Inspiration‘), for example. Whereas an engineer-driven concept like the Dymaxion Car is magnificent in its wrong-ness (vast, bulky, potentially unwieldy), the form factor and apparent rejection of the established visual language of car design in favour of something strictly functional makes the Corb car rather attractive, especially when rendered up with synthetic modern slickness. See the book Automobiles by Architects for more concepts.

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2 Responses to Huts, houses and micro cars

  1. Love the collection of little British seaside cabins. Very cute and they remind me of how small NYC apartments can be. I’d much rather live in one of the cabins.

  2. You certainly get more space for your rent in a beach hut than you do living in the city! Some of these are gorgeous colours and designs as well.

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