The golden age of in-flight crockery

My Concorde Thing: ‘It’s not an obsession and it’s not quite a hobby. However, for almost two years, between 2004 and 2006, I checked Ebay nearly every day for Concorde in-flight service items.’ See also Speedbirds, imagery, and perhaps also Concept Ships. Definitely related, the last Concorde flights on Friday, October 24, 2003 / vaguely related: from AR Plus: ‘The solar system has been mapped to scale along the Kingsland Road, with shopkeepers being asked to become custodians for different planets.’ A project by Louise O’Connor: Walk The Solar System.

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True Stories Behind Car Company Logos / what are your employer’s secrets and how can we exploit them? / the London Archaeologist / For Years, Chronicling the Courtroom, the courtroom art of Marilyn Church (via Unequal-Design) / Towards and Beyond, the browser as space, an online artwork by Rafael Rozendaal. We also like his From the Dark Past and Into Time / An appeal to fans of 80s-90s era UK indie music – please help fund this film: Anyone Can Play Guitar.

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Marek Simko puts out CARR magazine, ‘The World?s First Car Drawing Magazine’. See also the cascade of drawings at his Sketchsite / related, the Daily Sketch / and the Sketchwall Ruff at Toyfon.com / a monumental collaborative Scrabble Game / How to be a Retronaut, if you really want to journey back in time / Picture Show: 500 Wrecks in the World’s Largest Ship Cemetery / The 12 Most Expensive Videogames in Tokyo.

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A nice story, widely linked: Parisian flat containing 2.1 million painting lay untouched for 70 years. Taps into many fantasies about the mysterious city, sudden untold wealth, abandonment, ruins and nostalgia (the Mickey Mouse doll cited in the story is a particularly nice touch) / fashion imagery and illustration at Osso / hand-carved wooden animals / timely and typically thorough post on Nairn’s London at City of Sound / Norman Foster’s back-to-front car and Foster rebuilds Dymaxion. Some debate as to whether the reborn machine is intended to be held up as a mysteriously neglected work of genius, or a quirky, characterful design cul-de-sac.

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What did de Botton do? The Balancing Barn is the first in a series of high-profile architectural commissions by Living Architecture. It’s problematic. The holiday house is a fairly flippant typology, with a transient use that accommodates one-liners like this. In particular, the Balancing Barn, commissioned from MVRDV, walks a very fine line between modernist kitsch and bold contemporary statement. There are plenty of precedents, all of which place drama over function. Ultimately, what results is soundbite architecture, buildings that can be summed up in a single image of a single idea.

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Conscientious has a tumblr, Conscientious Redux / well that didn’t last long / typographic maps (via), possibly inspired by London’s Kerning (previously) / 45cat, ‘an online archive dedicated to the magic of the vinyl seven inch single. Discuss, rate, research or simply admire some of the 73,790 UK released records we have on our database so far, or help add some more.’ Via haddock.

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