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THE OTHER SHINOLA

By Camilo José Vergara

Vergara has been recording the signs and murals of Detroit for 40 years, documenting the visual legacy of African American culture. Look at the images

Vergara proposes that these images could be used to create an alternative to the luxury Shinola brand: a locally-produced range of goods inspired by Detroit's folk art. Read more

 

KNOLLING

By Edwin Heathcote

‘Knolling’ is the act of laying out tools in an obsessive but rather beautiful display. It sits between function and aesthetics. Read more

 

LOOK AT ME, LOOK AT ME, LOOK AT ME

By Neil Cummings

This essay from 2002 examines the use, adaptation, subversion and meaning of products and the phenomenon of 'things as spectacle'. Read more

 

HIGH HEELS

By Helen Persson

From a mark of masculinity to a symbol of femininity (and a cause of life-long damage), Helen Persson charts the history of heels. Read more

 

THE FIRST AND FUTURE TABLE

By Federico Campagna

The origins of the table as a mechanism for meaning, meals and meeting beyond its status as a totem of interior design and consumption. Read more

 

TIME MACHINE: BUDAPEST STAIRCASES

By Balint Alovits

These photos of spiralling Budapest stairs give an impression of infinity and highlight the architectural thought applied to functional space. See more

 

ON EDGE: BORDER ANXIETY
IN POSTWAR BRITAIN

By Katherine Shonfield

In this essay written in 1999, Shonfield dissects the complexities of arbitrarily-imposed border conditions. A prescient piece. Read more

 
 
 
 

ARCHITECTS AND FURNITURE

By Alan Powers

Alan Powers takes a look at the entrepreneurial drive which transformed Modernist cult objects into classics. Read more

 

BOOK COVERS
 

By various artists

This collection of book covers showcases an international selection of architecture books from the 1960s onwards. See the images

 

DISHONOURABLE SUCCESS

By Peter Maxwell

How is crowdfunding changing the nature of design? How might it affect what projects are undertaken in the future? Read more

 

THE HIDDEN PERSUADER

By Christopher Turner

Ernest Dichter was the hidden persuader, the Viennese psychologist who parlayed Freud's ideas about desire into endless consumption. Read more

 

THE TOPOGRAPHY OF TYPOGRAPHY

By El Lissitzky

The suprematist known for his book designs as well as his art summed up his tenets on typography in eight points. Read more

 

TEMPORARY FIX
 

By Andy Mattern

Andy Mattern's photos of damaged cars taped, bodged and covered up reveals a well of latent artistic, improvisational and design talent. See more