Camping On Tenter-hooks (aka. Another apt OED Word of The Day) December 28, 2009Posted by Olivia McDowell in Earworms, Etcetera, Videorama, Words.
Tags: Falls Festival, Marion Bay, Music, OED Word Of The Day, Tasmania, Taswegia, Tent, Tenter
Today’s OED Word of The Day is…
…Tenter (n. 1) “A wooden framework on which cloth is stretched after being milled, so that it may set or dry evenly and without shrinking”.
As in tent.
As in camping.
Listening to Grizzly Bear…
And Sarah Blasko…
And Little Birdy…
And The Yeah Yeah Yeahs…
And The Temper Trap…
And Art vs Science…
And Midnight Juggernauts…
All while living in a tent city. [Jovial meteorological reference. Last year there was a snow warning. This year, we'll be expecting midday highs of 34 degrees in the Celsius. Practically unheard of in perpetually chilly Taswegia. Sydney, on the other hand, City of Summer and everything, will be stuck as it is in the mid-20s, with rain in abundance.]
My myringes are on tenterhooks (even without the chance of snow).
Loves: Books & Spiral staircases (all). Does Not Love: Eames (some). December 22, 2009Posted by Olivia McDowell in Art, Design, Etcetera, FFFFOUND!, Ire, Pretty!, Typography.
Tags: books, Bookshelves, Design, Eames, Eames Lounge, Milton, Spiral Staircase, Time-Life, Typography, Vintage Furniture
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I love books.
Love love love. Adore. Cherish. Worship. Covet & Lust after.
I also have a VERY strong aesthetic attraction to spiral staircases. [Aside: I once scared off a fellow theatre patron by waxing lyrical about the set design for Bell Shakespeare's Hamlet, and my "thing" for spiral staircases].
So to me, this image…
…is almost perfect.
I just can’t abide the Eames Lounge Chair (670) and Ottoman(671). Look at it. ‘Tis a boring blot on an otherwise heavenly room.
This aversion, I think, is borne of 5 years working for an architecture & interior design magazine — where I chance upon an image of ‘The Eames’ at least three times a day, usually as prop-furniture in project promo photo shoots — in addition to a lifelong general disaffection for Stuff What Everyone’s Already Got.
Some people (okay, LOTS of people) adore 670 & 671. And I’mma let them finish… but I’m sorry, I think it ruins everything. See, That Chair can even turn this really sweet and interesting poster (full of good intent and fine advice):
…into “Oh. Another pretentious design poster”:
Even the ineffable cuteness of Polaroid can’t save this from the Eames Lounge Instant Cliché Effect (patent pending).
But to prove that I’ve no deep-seated [oh. Oh that was BAD. Sorry] prejudice against Eames’ designs in general, I’d like to introduce a beautiful new acquaintance I made just this past weekend:
Everyone, I’d like you to meet the Eames Time-Life Executive Chair. Designed in 1960 for the Time-Life building in New York. The pair I had the pleasure of meeting — in a severely cool retro-antiques furniture store the quiet country streets of Milton, South Coast NSW — were upholstered in aqua-blue wool tweed, with the smoothest, buttery, faun-coloured suede back and armrests… I fawned over them. I thought they were truly lovely.
This fleeting encounter was an informative one. All this time I thought I was anti-Eames, yet all it took was 5 minutes with two darling retro chairs to prove that this dislike only applies to SOME Eames (Eameses? Eames’es?).
This is a happy discovery, for absolutist prejudice is never a pleasant thing.
Disclaimer: This does not change my feelings re: 670 & 671.
Don’t forget your [insert modern essential here] December 15, 2009Posted by Olivia McDowell in Art, Blogging, Design, Etcetera, FFFFOUND!, Laughing, Pretty!, Technobabble, The Ether, Typography.
Tags: Apple, Decal, eyePhone, FFFFOUND!, iPhone, Mantra, Memory, Snellen Chart, Steve Jobs, Typography
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… is a brilliant idea. Before Leaving Check List vinyl wall decals by Hu2 Design.
I abhor, loathe, and dread the niggling feeling that you’ve left something behind somewhere. Even when it’s just a completely unjustified twinge at the back of your mind all day. But especially when it’s true!
*Things gets more complicated with music players and reading glasses of course. Though I have yet to encounter said technicality, because music lives in the eyePhone, thus killing two birds with one apple seed [it's worth your time clicking that last link, for technological comparison with this, for example]. And these young eyes are working perfectly well, thank heavens**.
A Clean Perspexive December 8, 2009Posted by Olivia McDowell in Design, Etcetera, Technobabble, Wisdom, Words.
Tags: Chanel, Etymology, Fashion, Karl Lagerfeld, Perspex, Words
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Everything is so much clearer…
…when viewed from a clean Perspexive.
Dear Pantone® Santa… December 4, 2009Posted by Olivia McDowell in Art, Design, Etcetera, Pantone, Pretty!, The Ether.
Tags: cashmere, Christmas, Concept design, Eyeshadow, Nail polish, NotCot, Pantone, shopping
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I want this.
And maybe some matching eyeshadow:
In fact, if I continue to be relatively well-behaved, would you see to it that your elves put into production every Pantone® concept product developed over the past decade or so?
* What is it about Christmas that brings the Pantone® concepts out of the woodwork?