Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Design: Reflections on a Soup Spoon, by Alice Rawsthorn: “..it was designed by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen in the late 1950s for use in one of his architectural projects, the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. Then in his late 50s, Jacobsen was the most famous architect in Denmark and was renowned internationally for the sensitivity with which he softened the ascetic Modernist style with gentle curves and sensual finishes..” Excellent, sharp, smart article in The New York Times, by the astute design observer Alice Rawsthorn..
See posts on other equally sharp articles by Alice Rawsthorn:
image: Georg Jensen; The New York Times; article: Alice Rawsthorn, The New York Times
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Posted by the editors on Thursday, 15 December 2011
Architecture: Ordos Museum by MAD: “..Shaped like a large undulating blob, the Ordos Museum is clad in polished metal tiles that are resistant to frequently occurring sandstorms..” Museum-goers?
image + article: Dezeen
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Posted by the editors on Monday, 2 May 2011
The, now traditional, Jolly Roger of piracy
Alice Rawsthorn has written “Skull and Crossbones as Branding Tool” an article in the Arts section of The New York Times, looking at the origins of the use of the now (too) much-seen Jolly Roger as the symbol, and, yes, branding tool (think Nike’s Swoosh, if you must, created by the graphic designer Carolyn Davidson in 1971) by pirates on the high-seas. Rawsthorn’s article is both amusing and informative; did you know that it wasn’t until the beginning of the 18th century that the Skull and Crossbones pirate flag (white on a black background) was first seen (This point is still, however, hotly disputed amongst those who, well, hotly dispute such things.), and that, prior to that, pirates used identifying flags as diverse as today’s over-logo-ed marketplace? Ever wonder why pirates would even choose to identify themselves? Well, simple. Cost-effective operations. Shiver me timbers!
‘‘Capture of the Pirate Blackbeard,’’painted by Jean Leon Jerome Ferris in 1718, features a skull and crossbones over the mayhem of battle.
images: Top, Wikipedia; bottom, The Art Archive/Superstock/The New York Times
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