Category: industry


Wednesday 05.25.11

As a testimony to how these Dansk Kobenstyle pots, designed by Jens Quistgaard, have stood the test of time, just spend a few moments on ebay and you will find page after page of them for sale. My mother, always a sucker for bright colors and a huge lover of Scandinavian design — she painted our kitchen cabinets a bright orange when I was eleven — thankfully brought these into our home. If I recall, we had a big red dutch oven, and a low yellow casserole dish. Maybe some others. And a few years ago, in what was billed as one of the best gifts ever, a friend of mine gave me the robins-egg blue dutch oven. The most exciting moment is when you remove the lid and see the creamy white interior, with a thin black line at the edge that tells you what the thing is made of. Oh, and that beautiful lid is not for looks only: it’s the trivet! Finally tracked down this photo in order to give credit where credit is due: blueflowervintage.

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Stamps…Coming Soon

Tuesday 05.03.11

These USPS stamps won’t be available until July of this year, but they are worth getting excited about.

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Not Your Grandma’s Farm

Tuesday 04.26.11

I am alternately fascinated and horrified by this video. The automation and sophistication on view are amazing. And I am a huge fan of watching an assembly line in action. But that either of these are required to process something as self-contained as an egg, tells me something is terribly terribly wrong. And from what I know about factory farming, I am pretty sure that I’m right about this one. It’s all about volume.

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Happy Anniversary Little Car!

Wednesday 04.20.11

The Renault 4 is turning 50 years old! Happy Anniversary!! Over 8 million vehicles were sold between 1961 and 1992, when Renault finally decided to retire the design. One of the interesting facts about this car is that during its 30+ year production run, the design itself remained virtually the same. The size and shape were a constant. This philosophy exists in total defiance of today’s approach to design, whereby marketing has wrested control of industry. Products change (not everything, but almost everything) simply for the sake of change. Not necessarily to make them better, but in the service of selling more. Not these babies.

For more pictures go here.

And thanks designboom for running this story.

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Reading Material

Wednesday 04.13.11

Paul Hawken first wrote this book in 1994. I don’t think any of us need to be told that a lot has changed since then.  So, in 2010, he revised the original book to make it more timely. Not sure if what he was saying in the 90s had lost any of its potency, but the newly revised edition brings his philosophy and approach into the here and now. I cannot recommend this book enough if you are looking for answers to questions about sustainability and how we get there from here! Buy it. Read it.

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William Doxford & Sons

Friday 11.12.10

These pictures are from the Doxford Engine Works, taken between 1957 and 1958. WIlliam Doxford & Sons was an English shipbuilder going back as far as the later part of the 19th century. The factory floor is massive and seemingly either green or brown. Not to mention that with so many men milling about (literally), somewhat unfamiliar to our modern sensibility.

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