Category Archives: Books

Asterios Polyp – Opposing “Paper” Architect

itwonlast: Asterios Polyp is a famous “paper architect” (Mazzuccheli makes much of the fact none of his designs have ever actually been built) who is obsessed with dividing the worlds into opposites.  Linear versus Plastic.  Functional versus Decorative.  Apollonian versus Dionysian.  Men versus Women. We first meet Asterios on his fiftieth birthday, the night his Manhattan […]

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Why Handwriting Matters

The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting, and Why it Still Matters by Philip Hensher Does handwriting have a value that email and texting can’t replace? This article, by Philip Hensher, laments the slow death of the written word, and explains how putting pen to paper can still occupy a special place in our […]

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The Muppet’s Wicker Man

Bad puns, paganism and the smell of burning felt…

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Shanghai’s 50 Best Shops

  The 50 best shops in Shanghai? According to TimeOut, that is. I don’t massively disagree with any of these shops, and there are enough places that I’ve not had the pleasure of spending my hard earned Rimbim’s/Rambo’s/Rimbibibibim’s/RMB in that I could spend an afternoon remembering the pleasures of  a consumerist society. It’s strange the […]

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Reinterpreting the printed word: Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer

Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer from Visual Editions on Vimeo. Tree of Codes is as much a sculptural object as it is a work of masterful storytelling. With the story literally carved out of another book, Tree of Codes has a different die-cut on every single page. Telling the haunting story of “an […]

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Embacher Collection

New to the T&H catalogue is Cyclepedia – A Tour of Iconic Bicycle Designs. A wonderful book of Michael Embacher’s incredible bicycle collection. his online archive is really great too. buy the book here.

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Weird Book Room – Abebooks

The purveyors of weird and wonderful books, Abebooks, have put on the Weird Book Room. Well worth a browse, a christmas gift for everyone to be found here, with intriguing titles like these: 101 More Uses for a Dead Cat 50 Ways to Use Feminine Hygiene Products in a Manly Manner Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition: English […]

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Ipad Magazine Reading

Mag+ live with Popular Science+ from Bonnier on Vimeo. Mag+ prototype has teamed up with Popular Science magazine to create a digital magazine app for the iPad. The video above demonstrates how the app works and talks through the thinking behind it. Shame about the lack of search function… that would be most useful. The […]

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Travel Italia

The Golden Age of Italian Travel Posters is beautiful. Organised by region, featuring 170 posters from 1920-60, as commissioned by the Italian State Tourism Board and Italian State Railways. Click here to look inside

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Huxley, Not Orwell, Was Right About “The Future” (i.e: Today)

Related to the notes I’m keeping on The Future Of Media, here’s a great cartoon strip by Stuart McMillan based on words by Neil Postman – as featured in the book “Amusing Ourselves To Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Showbusiness”. I reckon Postman’s book would go nicely on your reading list with “Everything Bad […]

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