Posts Tagged ‘why are things so boring now?’

Spaceship condo

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Spaceship condominium in Guilford, Connecticut, designed by Wil Armster. We need to see more buildings like this, especially in Vancouver, to break up the endless architectural monotony not to mention mediocrity. What we could really use is more small developers and more interesting small developments. We could do with fewer megadevelopers producing non-green, endlessly tall, utterly unlivable and bloody boring towers with their dark, windy streetscapes.

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Citroen Kar-a-Sutra

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Living room on wheels designed by Italian designer Mario Bellini in 1972 as a collaboration for Citroen and Pirelli. It’s a combination conversation pit/sleeping area. It was introduced to the US later that year in a show at MoMA – Italy: The New Domestic Landscape.

We’re so bloody sombre now.

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Munich Olympics Graphics, 1972

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Logo and graphics from the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics, by Otl Aicher. Via. Unfortunately the excellent design produced by Munich was eclipsed by the gruesome tragedy that unfolded at the Games.

It’s a little-known fact that the graphic icons for each sport – now so familiar to everyone – originated with the Munich ’72 Olympics. 

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See-through furniture

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

These are a mix of glass and lucite, past and present. The bottom 3 pieces are from the 70s and all of the pieces at top are contemporary. Transparency puts furniture into the realm of the future or the imaginary, even when it also automatically harks back to the 1970s. Which may be the same thing.

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Rita Pavone, “Il geghegè”

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Rita Pavone.

Thanks, Keith.

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The Dome Show – Intermedia builds geodesic domes, Vancouver Art Gallery, 1970

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

These photos of The Dome Show, an exhibition by art collective Intermedia at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1970, are all from the web archive Ruins In Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties. (See another post on this absolutely amazing site here.) The Dome Show was an experimental art show involving architecture, sculpture, performance, music, improvised happenings, a giant public dinner party, bonfires, public home movie nights and many other things over the months of its exhibition. 

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