Archive for November, 2011

Mystery paper sculptures left in Edinburgh libraries & museums

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

A mystery sculptor (all that’s known is that she is female) has been leaving these sculptures made from book pages in libraries and museums across Edinburgh. When the sculptures numbered ten she stopped, leaving this inscription in a guestbook: “In support of Libraries, Books, Words and Ideas… a tiny gesture in support of the special places.” As a mysterious public art piece it has fascinated many in Edinburgh. A great …read more

Studio of Laurie Spiegel, composer

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Via here and here and here. The composer Laurie Spiegel in her studio. An amateur musician from childhood, Spiegel detoured through the social sciences at university and then returned to music, later founding NYU’s Computer Music Studio. She worked at the renowned Bell Labs in the 1970s writing notational software and late wrote software for personal computers used  widely in rock and pop music circles. Another undersung woman designer. Footnote! The photo that originally led this post is …read more

MegaPhone by Enandis

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Megaphone speaker by the Italian company Enandis. Why do I like this? I shouldn’t like it, but I do. It’s so wrong for things to pretend to be other things, like early cars resembling horse carriages, or high-heeled runners. Furthemore is the iPhone speaker’s quality even worth amplifying? Maybe what’s nice about this is precisely the contradictory relationship between the basic yet acoustically perfect cone and the supposedly more sophisticated (yet …read more

The brightest light in Vancouver is a giant digital billboard! Welcome to Idiocracy!

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

I took this photo from my dentist’s office late on a dark November afternoon. That bright light in the upper right by the stadium is a giant electronic screen billboard. It’s one of 3 or 4 such billboards ringing Vancouver’s largest stadium, despite the fact that there are Vancouver by-laws forbidding such signs. The maximum size is 200 sq ft: these are almost 2000 square feet. The stadium is owned …read more

The 99.99% vs the 00.01% – which are you? Brilliant Guardian infographic video

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Luxury brands like Louis Vuitton did record business this year, as did luxury car sales. This is the bottom line of our current economic system. Draw your own conclusions. But think twice before suggesting Occupiers don’t have clear demands or don’t know what they’re talking about. When someone says “Occupy Wall Street has no clear demands what I hear is “I hope no one is listening to those kids at …read more

Weekend Cabin by Mark Osburn of Osburn Clarke

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Beautiful simple cabin by my architect friend Mark Osburn and his firm Osburn Clarke. Via Adventure Journal. I heard another architect say lately that the cabin form is the vernacular architecture of British Columbia, and that is probably true. Mark’s cabin approaches the Ur example of that form. So many of these island cabins are overdone, full of formal awkwardness, ill proportions, fussiness or materials unbefitting the surroundings.  This one …read more