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The Utopian Factory

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This is a short documentary about the building of a creative co-working space for designers and what’s interesting is that the design collective in charge of building it, built a tiny factory to produce all the ornamentation and items needed to fill up the space. They used a single material, an industrial clay extruder and kiln. What’s interesting? Obviously, the co-design bit and the single factory thing. But then, in the video they tie up […]

Slow Factory

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I randomly came across this tiny clothing brand and their about page had a note from its founder that I love enough to repost here: I come from a land of chaos: Beirut, Lebanon. Ever since I was a child, we moved around, traveling from Beirut to Paris to Montreal. Throughout it all, the stars always guided our travels and imagining space became a way to ground me. Because while I never had a traditional […]

Kanye, Don’t Clap.

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Kanye on his relationship with the late CSM tutor, Louise Wilson: “I went to Louise Wilson’s memorial, the greatest fashion instructor of all time, and I’m talking about of all timers,” he told Lowe. “So Louise Wilson was the baddest professor of all time of any fashion school ever, notorious for not letting people stop at a seven or eight, pushing people to a 12.” West lists Wilson’s proteges – Phoebe Philo, Alexander McQueen, Alber […]

Postscript to a Legacy

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The Nissan Z240. The NY Times ran an obituary today about a man who was responsible for single handedly and right at the bottom of the article was a tiny little detail that I could identify with: Perhaps the greatest boost Mr. Katayama gave the 240Z was its very name, which Nissan had intended only as a working model number. In the late 1960s, when the car was first introduced in Japan, a Nissan executive, […]

The improvised radio show

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Mohmmed Fahmy, the egyptian-canadian journalist, who was among the three Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned by Egypt (links) spoke out about how they created a makeshift radio show as a way of coping with their imprisonment: After the first month, Fahmy was transferred to a new section of the prison where he shared a cell with Greste and Baher. The other prisoners in this cellblock were all senior leaders in the deposed Muslim Brotherhood government of […]

Heightened Living

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“Even on a personal level art is a form of heightened living. It gives greater pleasures, it consumes faster. It stamps the features of its servants with the signs of imaginary and spiritual adventures, and it produces, even in the most cloister-like atmosphere, a certain fastidiousness, an over-refinement, an exhaustion and curiosity of the nerves, in a way even a life of the most outrageous passions and delights could scarcely effect it.” – Thomas Mann, […]

The Satori Generation

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“There’s an interesting article over at Adbusters and Japan times. It’s about a generation of young Japanese consumers that seem to have overcome consumerism: They don’t want cars or brand name handbags or luxury boots. To many of them, travel beyond the known and local is expensive and potentially dangerous. They work part-time jobs—because that is what they’ve been offered—and live at home long after they graduate. They’re not getting married or having kids. They’re […]