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From Syria to Greece to Corbusier: Hozoviotissa monastery

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Earlier this summer a number of the Syrians fleeing civil war landed on the Greek island of Amorgos. Amorgos is not a common landing point in the exodus—most people are now landing on Kos not far from the Turkish coast. But Amorgos is the easternmost of the Cycladic island group, so I am guessing people coming west from Turkey through the Dodecanese islands reached it first (see map at bottom). …read more

Goodbye Mork

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Shazbot. Sad loss of Robin Williams today. Thanks for the many laughs. And Robin before a Senate committee on preventing homelessness

Torggler doors

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Two brilliant, beautiful door designs by Klemens Torggler. Above is the Evolution; below is the Stahltür. They work on a similar principle. I find the doors so beautiful that to some extent questions about practicality seem a bit irrelevant, but let’s deal with those first. One architect asked what design problem the doors solve. The answer is perhaps that they avoid the space-inefficient arc of a swing door on the …read more

Mother of Pearl

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Merely because this blog was previously bereft of this song, which was an oversight.

Protected: Interpretation of Enzo Mari’s Sedia Chair by Russell Baker, Bombast Furniture

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

Soviet Saturn vs. Hoover Constellation vacuum

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

From “Soviet Life“, via Google Translate: “Hoover “Saturn.” In production since 1962 in Lithuania. His prototype – American «Hoover Constellation» 1955. Soviet engineers gave the American a spherical shape, and added features (the ability to use a blow-off mode) and mobility. As a nice bonus – the cosmic name and plastic ring “around the equator.” That was more like a planet.” Пылесос «Сатурн». Производился с 1962 года в Литовской ССР. …read more