Archive for March, 2009

Around Again

March 25, 2009

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Rodney Allen Trice creates witty items for the home from discarded objects he finds at the curb and in dumpsters. Trice doesn’t see what he does as recycling, preferring to use the term refitting instead. His Brooklyn studio resembles a parking lot for things awaiting their next chance at a new life.

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The People’s Car: Nano from Tata

March 24, 2009

Learn from this, Big Three! These funny, non-offensive, and already familiar four-letter words describe the new eco-car. In this case eco- stands for economy as well as ecology, as this car costs only $2,200 and gets 47 miles to the gallon. A perfect fit for the budget and the climate. Just keep in mind, with a 2-cylinder engine, the Nano from India reaches a top speed of 65 mph. No drag racing here, just affordability and responsibility. I wonder if any of these principles will find their way into the Land Rover line that was sold by Ford to Tata in 2007.

via Mark Frauenfelder at Boing Boing

Stuff Comes in Waves

March 24, 2009

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I love the combination of traditional style and contemporary commentary in this painting by Manabu Ikeda. For more on the topic, check out the work of Masami Teraoka too.

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The Number 7 Lights Up

March 23, 2009

img_0594The new indicator lights on the NYC Subway’s 7 Train are a godsend. Previously the 7 Train, which runs local and express on weekdays, often had an identity crisis. The only signage difference was the purple shape surrounding the number 7 (local was a purple circle and express, a purple diamond), but they were never correct.

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Clothing in the Year 2000!

March 22, 2009

This short film was made in the 1930’s with a view of fashion in the year 2000. Some of the predictions have come true, making me wonder if Marc Jacobs watched it when he made his backward heel shoes.

Towards the end, a man is shown wearing a suit that contains several pockets for his accesories, including a telephone. And now here we are eighty years later, obsessively carrying our Blackberries and iPhones. Who knew?

The LM Project: Crossing the Cable-Stay Bridge

March 22, 2009

On Halloween of 2008, Steven Holl Architects unanimously won the international design competition titled The LM Project for their design connecting two civic and business buildings with a public walkway 65 feet above the harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark. This monumental design is reported to be profitable, elegant, civic-minded, and ecological, all wrapped into two piers connected by an angular bridge. It looks like Holl’s obsession with porosity is moving toward a delicate handshake. Meanwhile, Copenhagen will gain what was sought: an iconic landmark and new urban spaces on the tips of the Langelinie and Marmormolen Piers.

Keep Your Job: Look Busy @ Work

March 22, 2009

I love CBS’ Sunday Morning show. The trumpet intro and the Alexander Girard-like sun image; what’s not to like? Last Sunday, this great piece with Bill Geist aired, and it is worth a watch. For more information about how to look busy at work, go to Looking Busy: 50 ways to look busy at work even when you’re not.

Edith Wharton’s Estate: No Longer Troubled By Foreclosure

March 22, 2009

Behold The Mount! Edith Wharton designed this estate and gardens overlooking Laurel Lake in Lenox, MA for herself; it was completed in the fall of 1902. Wharton, renowned for her often frustrating Victorian novels and novellas was also highly informed about architecture, interior design and landscape design. In addition to her works of fiction, she authored several books about design and travel, including The Decoration of Houses in 1897, which she co-authored with Ogden Codman, Jr.

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Sound On

March 22, 2009

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More often than I’d like to admit, I buy stuff more because of how it looks than how well it works. I can’t help it, though I know the functionality should be part and parcel of the appearance of any well-designed thing. (Remind me to tell you sometime about my gorgeous sofa that dresses up the living room and is a heinous mockery of sitting in comfort.) But here we’re talking about headphones.

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Adopt-A-Word

March 22, 2009

picture-1For all the word nerds, this one’s for you. Consider this: every time a dictionary is republished, some words don’t make the cut. What happens to these abandoned words? Who will remember them? With your help, the website Save the Words is helping to preserve them. Once you find a word or words you would like to take home with you, there are many options for how you can keep it/them alive. Consider skywriting… or graffiti… or even a tattoo. Or you could use it in your next game of scrabble. The possibilities are endless.