1950s

The Hitler Youth haircut: what it’s actually expressing

May 26, 2014

The Hitler Youth haircut: what it’s actually expressing

Update: this feels all the more pressing now, since this US election. If you want to hear Chomsky’s post-election comments on white male entitlement and rage, it’s here.

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BC Hydro now and then – what happened between 1955 and 1991?

December 3, 2010

BC Hydro now and then – what happened between 1955 and 1991?

“Compare and despair” is good advice, but I can’t help it. Here are two skyscrapers designed for the same public corporation, BC Hydro.

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John di Castri, wooden “Trend House,” Victoria

December 1, 2010

John di Castri, wooden “Trend House,” Victoria

John di Castri is one of Victoria, BC’s best known architects. This house seemed strangely familiar to me, and then I discovered that di Castri had left Victoria for Oklahoma to study for three years with Bruce Goff (see Goff’s influence here).

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Ned Pratt, Vancouver architect

November 30, 2010

Ned Pratt, Vancouver architect

Vancouver architect Ned Pratt produced work in an era that—from the standpoint of our developer-led moment—is quickly starting to look like a golden age.  Pratt and Arthur Erickson along with their contemporaries Ron Thom and Fred Hollingsworth still rank among Vancouver’s best and most influential architects.

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Furniture makers of Middle Earth

April 5, 2009

Furniture makers of Middle Earth

I find this Todd Merrell Antiques magazine ad weirdly compelling. If you end up at his website (now defunct) it’s like being transported into Middle Earth or the underworld. You might have to retrieve an amulet with the help of a talking dog with eyes as big as saucers or something.

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Chan family house in 1950s Vancouver

January 30, 2009

Chan family house in 1950s Vancouver

These photographs are from my husband grandparents’ house, a blue Edwardian two-storey that still stands in Strathcona, Vancouver’s oldest residential neighbourhood. The house is less than a block away from our studio and very close to where we both live.

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The ladies of 20th century furniture design were offered to pose on fur rugs or ponies, which is why, we suppose, that photo was never to be.

January 20, 2009

The ladies of 20th century furniture design were offered to pose on fur rugs or ponies, which is why, we suppose, that photo was never to be.

Left to Right: George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Jens Risom

Photo from a 1961 Playboy article on 20th C “masters of design,” who are here dressed either as accountants or architects, it’s hard to tell which, but it’s a lot of zippers.

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Canadian Coconut chair, the election, and Margaret Atwood

October 15, 2008

Canadian Coconut chair, the election, and Margaret Atwood

“Electoral reform.” That’s our comment on yesterday’s Canadian federal election. On this dark day in Canadian politics, when a majority of Canadians couldn’t put a stop to the tyranny of a minority, here’s a nice photo of a famous piece of Canadian design.

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