Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Glasgow’s unofficial museum of brands and packaging

In Design on April 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Aka my aunt’s larder.

A quick bit of context. My aunt lives in an Edwardian house in the West End of Glasgow and it still has all of its original fixtures and fittings: leather wallpaper, mangle in the washroom, giant bath with shower that sprays from the side, parquet floor, gas lamp fittings, billiard table… unfortunately it also seems to have its original food.

Like many people in my family, my aunt is not very good at throwing things out, and consequently the house is a complete tip, albeit one in which she is perfectly happy. She also likes to buy in bulk to save money. Then stockpile it.

While I would caution anyone being offered a meal in her house, the larder is a mini museum of brands and packaging, some of which I just couldn’t resist photographing…

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50s fun at the new Royal Festival Hall shop

In Design, nice things on April 7, 2011 at 11:33 am

Another day, another great South London shop (yes we can claim it, it’s south of the river).

The lovely Royal Festival Hall shop reopens TODAY, with more space and more Midcentury-inspired designs. Being a big fan of all things Southbank, I went along for a sneak preview. Read the rest of this entry »

#59 Rat lamps and rubber band chairs at the London Design Festival

In Design on September 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm

The London Design Festival is in full swing this weekend, and nowhere more so than in the East End. At the Tent show on Brick Lane there was a definite trend for re-using everyday items:

A tea service and knuckle dusters made from household dusters, part of the Everyday Delights stand curated by the JJAM Curators Collective Read the rest of this entry »