Category Archives: Industrial Design

THE NORMANDIE: A PARAGON OF ART DECO DESIGN

Normandie Cover 1935;Paul Iribe;12″x 9 1/2″;Booklet ; 26pp The architecture of cruise ships comes in many sizes, styles and levels of competence and inspiration. Graphic design master, Paul Iribe (1883-1935), way back in 1934, became so galvanized, despite being close … Continue reading

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MACHINE AGE POSTER “DINOSAURS” SHOWING LOTS OF LIFE

http://www.idesirevintageposters.com/graphic-design-hermes-c.1950.html One of the perks included in working with “obsolete” imagery is the bonus of realizing and exploring how its many strengths offer initiatives in our century. Configurations long gone leave a residue we turn away from at our peril, … Continue reading

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A RAPID CHANGE IN MIDTOWN ARCHITECTURE

We used to be pretty bored with midtown Toronto architecture and its precious earnestness seeping into everything about the place. We’re delighted to survey here the new mid-town, dropping British constraint and beginning to see the point of shooting skyward. … Continue reading

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WHERE THE LIVEWIRES LIVE (IN EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE)!

At last week’s IDS design show/think-tank/trade day, Norwegian architect, Craig Dykers declared that interior design would be better called “interior architecture.” His reasoning was that the makings of an effective interior involve complex considerations akin to those of architecture as … Continue reading

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A MOVIE HOUSE HEAVEN, HERE IN TOWN!

The Rainbow Theatre, in Toronto, is that rare conjunction of a staff of young, savvy and sweet devotees, a fabulously appointed vehicle and movies that matter. Housed in a former deep underground parking lot across from the ancient St. Lawrence … Continue reading

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THE MEDITATIVE ARCHITECTURE OF MARLON BLACKWELL

St. Nicolas Eastern Church  Fayetteville, Arkansas   In a hive of architectural design like Toronto, you get the distinct impression that we’re blasting away from life as it was until quite recently. Sheer glass, astronomical size and eye-popping details comprise … Continue reading

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TORONTO’S NUIT BLANCHE and ART AS A PARTY!!

  This past Saturday night in Toronto was the occasion for the annual display of installations (hopefully wild), called Nuit  Blanche (White Night,12 hours non stop til 7 a.m.). We start with a dolled-up sales center to suggest how far … Continue reading

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DOORS OPEN TORONTO—OPENING OUR EYES!

Toronto’s recent building boom has galvanized, as never before those living here to try to understand the riches of design skills and efforts going into all this change. Consequently, the May weekend festival of visits to architectural highlights, called DOORS … Continue reading

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THE PERFECT SOFA–VERY MUCH A MATTER OF TOUCH!

On these pages we usually draw attention to remarkably finished products of design, not being conversant with or privy to the construction of such delights. We recently had the windfall (reminding us of the opportunity to observe the artisans of … Continue reading

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A VINTAGE GRAPHIC TOUR THROUGH NEW CARS & OLD CARS!

Electric cars are on the road right now and we have to pause and savor what a shift they bring our way. As you can see from the beautiful and critically acclaimed example shown here, namely, the Tesla Model S … Continue reading

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