Blog: May 2017

Time for Design Days Dubai

Humans since 1982 are a Stockholm-based design group. Their studio name is based on their date of birth, which causes your scribe to ask what were they before 1982? Too imponderable for a short essay. More ponderable is 1982 is the year famed Swedish photographer Dawid (Björn Dawidsson) began his tonal black & white series… Read more »

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How nice of you to let us live in Kvadrat House!

Raw-Edges say “picnic in an enchanted forest”, your scribe envisions Moomins in a Finnish forest. Either way it means one thing. The talented folk at Raw-Edges have done it again. Commissioned by Kvadrat to design the firm’s stand at the 2013 Stockholm Furniture Fair the Raw-Edges Design Studio duo created a massive construction of Dinesen… Read more »

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Mae West weighs in on rugs & craft methodology

Reductio ad absurdum is Latin for “reduction to absurdity”. A principle or proposition is demolished by a logical process that reveals an absurd outcome. Design is not immune from reductio ad absurdum. The field is rich with crafters who reduce a good idea (e.g. recycling) to questionable outcome by applying what your scribe calls a… Read more »

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Location, location, location is essential for carpets too

The cow as villain is probably urban myth, but Chicago’s reputation as a lodestone for architectural excellence began after the conflagration in 1871 when a bovine was blamed for bowling over a lantern and setting the city ablaze. Bold buildings soon followed and the Second City became and remains an influential centre for architecture; renowned… Read more »

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At the heart of excellent craft there’s only one right way

The Alf Onnie curtain shop in East Ham, London, was on its uppers. Established in 1920, the family owned curtain company was one net curtain away from financial disaster. But then along came Alex Polizzi. Star of BBC television reality show The Fixer, Polizzi uses her business nous to rescue a company in each episode… Read more »

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Meteors, Martians, and Asteroid DA14 (plus a nice rug by Vladimir Kagan)

Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Your scribe’s favourite idiomatic expression can be augmented with “. . . and meteors”, following today’s meteor crash in Russia which blew the roof off a factory and shattered countless windows. Video footage looks like outtakes from Mars Attacks!, but there’s more tonight when Asteroid DA14 becomes… Read more »

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Is candy still dandy? Sugar Carpet at Smack Mellon Gallery

Today’s subject is subversive but sweet. Readers who decided not to splash the cash on the Roses rug your scribe recommended, may opt instead for the Valentine’s day gold standard gift – sugar. But if your yen is more cerebral and less Willy Wonka, consider a linked arm visit with your loved one to the… Read more »

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Two dead kings and one long tapestry

Like the buses your scribe waits impatiently and then two dead kings come along at once. Archeologists confirmed last week the skeleton found in a hasty grave beneath a Leicester car park is that of Richard III. And this week? Stitchers in the Channel Island of Alderney completed their embroidered rendition of the “missing” terminus… Read more »

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Valentine’s Day 2013. Tainted love no more?

Begone earworm! Valentine’s Day is nigh and Tainted Love is on loop in your scribe’s frontal cortex. Soft Cell’s nonpareil cover of Tainted Love featured in the first series of one of your scribe’s favourite telly shows Being Human. Although nominally about a ghost, vampire, werewolf trio, Being Human is really an elegy to love’s… Read more »

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No time to make your own felt rug? Buy the beauties at Peace Industry

News of the recent make-over of famous chef Julia Child’s childhood kitchen made your scribe eager to try out a new recipe. But rather than consult her favourite cookery book (not alas one by Child, but rather The Kopan Cookbook), your scribe browsed her groaning National Geographic collection. Ah, there it was. May 1988. How… Read more »

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