Category Archives: Industrial Design

THE SEAGRAM MUSEUM: A SHORT BUT VERY SWEET DREAM

In the early 1980′s the Seagram Corporation developed a beverage museum on the premises of the first Seagram Distillery, in Waterloo, Ontario. This was a cavernous structure for ageing the spirits, replete with barrels in place as they were in … Continue reading

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PARIS, OF COURSE (First of a series on Paris, and other great cities)

Rue de l,arbre sec (Street of the Dry Tree), the site of the gallows in medieval Paris, and also the site of the once-glorious Art Nouveau department store, La Samaritaine, now shut down (just off the right foreground of the … Continue reading

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HIGH LINE PARK in MANHATTAN

The High Line Park, making an old elevated freight rail line return to life. This being New York, you’re not particularly surprised by the pizzazz.

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THE LONG SHADOWS OF SURREALISM

How often have we described something a bit odd as “surreal”? Usually, in bringing up that word, we are struck by a setting where the parts are seldom seen together. For instance, the recent film, Melancholia, sends us the following … Continue reading

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MOVIN’ UP

For a few years now, we’ve been in the middle of a “building boom.” Hundreds of large condominiums have been put in place and onstream, and many office towers and hotels, as well as a heady replacement of performance arts … Continue reading

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FRIDAYS ARE FOR FIRST THINGS

At the beginning of the week we’ll look at designs we can touch and buy and bring to some kind of order. On Fridays, we’ll Get Outside and roam around where the odds against order really bite. As an example … Continue reading

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