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The Meaning of Clothes

July 6, 2009

Style Like U is an fantastic new video blog site that features people talking about clothing in their closets. The interviews are entertaining, candid and often reveal the real emotions and memories that we attach to the things we wear.

Susan Cianciolo’s interview is my favorite so far.

Susan Cianciolo from from Stylelikeu on Vimeo.

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Sushi Please

June 30, 2009

Issey Miyake makes the most beautiful sushi ever.

[via Trend.Land]

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Lubalin Archives

Nice flickr set of material from the Herb Lubalin Archive at Cooper Union. The man was a master of contrasting hairlines with fat stems. Photos by Justin Thomas Kay.

Also, interesting to see this sketch Lubalin did for MTV:

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Boiled egg cross section

June 23, 2009

Found here.

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Fashion from the East

June 10, 2009

Images have surfaced from an underground fashion scene in East Germany in the early 80’s. Considered a lifeless, drab and highly policed country at the time, the photos of the period show a different style of life.

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May 31, 2009

We stumbled on this George Nelson-designed Omni System at an antique mall in Seattle. The Omni System a precursor to the better known, Herman Miller produced, CSS System. The system was produced by Aluminum Extrusions.

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Dunlap House

May 20, 2009

Read the inelegantly named George Nelson: The Design of Modern Design this past weekend and came upon this image of a sun shade that Nelson designed for home of William E. Dunlap. Dunlap was the owner of Aluminum Extrusions, a Michigan-based company that produced Nelson’s original modular wall storage unit — the Omni System. When he commissioned Nelson’s office to design the interior of his home, Nelson found these sheets of punched stainless steel scrap that were the remains from a set of knives he’d designed and set them in redwood. I think it shows a brilliant reuse of materials and a clever way of imprinting Nelson’s mark on the project.

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April 29, 2009

What’s so seductive about the aesthetic of the slum? Buildings in decay? Imbricated scrap multiplied into a shantiopolis? Ad hoc structures? Forms of life dictated by basic subsistence needs?

These conditions have proven to be great fodder for recent visual culture — Camilo José Vergara’s American Ruins, Michael Wolf’s Bastard Chairs, Rem Koolhaas‘ infatuation with the “culture of congestion” of Lagos, Cyril Duval’s design for Bernhard Willhelm’s Tokyo boutique based on the dwellings of the city’s homeless, or Mike Meire’s Global Street Food project are just a few examples. Some of these projects simply document phenomena, presenting them without apparent judgement, while others actively promote an aesthetic of poverty — which has sparked some debate.

A romanticization of the ruined and the impoverished can be traced back through the arts to at least the, well, the Romanic period (the paintings of Hubert Robert or the celebration of the bohemian, for example). Perhaps the global economic situation has made it a choice time to examine social, physical and aesthetic typologies of urban decay, slums and the poor.

Hubert Robert, Vue Imaginaire de la Grande Galerie en Ruines (1796)

Michael Wolf, Bastard Chair #5

Mike Meiré, Global Street Food (2009)

There’s a thoughtful post on this topic at Momus’ blog — which points to an ongoing exhibition of photos of ad hoc shelters by Peter Bialobrzeski and Oliver Boberg.

Peter Bialobrzeski, Slum 29

Peter Bialobrzeski, Slum 32

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Visionary Cities: The Arcology of Paolo Soleri

April 5, 2009

I came across a copy of Paolo Soleri’s monograph Visionary Citiesat Powell’s and was deeply impressed. The content of the book is fascinating, but it’s the form of it that really struck me. The book was designed in 1971 by Donald Wall and W. Borek and exhibits a range of typographic experiments similar to those popularized two decades later by David Carson. The book also exhibits a kind of collaborative authorship—Wall’s design supplementing and enacting some of Soleri’s ideas—that is often attributed to the kinds of publications produced by Bruce Mau.

The book won’t fit on my scanner, so I can’t provide good images, but I found this flip through (which, unfortunately, fails to show many of the more interesting layouts that use overlapping type and imagery and really stretch the limits of early-70s photo typesetting):

[edit: Just found this article written by Rick Poynor for Eye Magazine regarding Donald Wall’s design. At the bottom of the article are some images from the book.]

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Sweaters for the Future

March 30, 2009

Sandra Backlund and Maglificio Miles’ sculptural knitwear.

[via Dazed]

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