Category: #sundayscraps

An ice cream chalked onto the pavement with a pigeon walking by in my neighbourhood

Sunday Scraps #42

That French tacos piece is good, I wonder if we have any in London yet? / a call for submissions on topics of speculative education / a lovely little residency reimagining a shed / a participatory development toolkit / a new friend told me about…

Daffs in my garden, right before a cold spell.

Sunday Scraps #40

Serge Chermayeff’s book Community & Privacy / I cannot get enough of James Baldwin and need to go see the site where his house used to be in Provence some day / a 2019 paper visualising how food flows through America / a shaky tour…

Bonnington Square in Vauxhall, London

Sunday Scraps #39

I wonder if The Corridors of Power were over 2m wide / I didn’t know Hello Dolly was originally sung by Carol Channing / the touching photography of Charlie Phillips / Edgar Allan Poe’s A Dream Within a Dream / Better Living was an internal…

Door to Rousham gardens.

Sunday Scraps #38

Ann Behringer became an addiction therapist after being Tina Turner’s backup dancers / Japanese libraries and their evolution / about listening to new music / Director of Strategy for COP26 role is open / Lewisham Small Sites Design Guide is being developed / Designing London’s…

Reflection on some mirrors in my garden.

Sunday Scraps #37

Branch magazine are looking for an assistant editor / Municipal Dreams is a book about the heyday of council building projects / I didn’t know Pamela Anderson had starred in a short film about cyber security theft / the colonial story of art in our…

The skyline from the Millenium Bridge in London

Sunday Scraps #35

A couple who took photos of each other during the same photoshoots is very beautiful / Betty Ford danced for Martha Graham it turns out / Space and Place / Schwitter’s Mertz Barn / The Transparency Society / Olivetti’s book The Political life of the…

The back of the Barge House last weekend

Sunday Scraps #34

I’m not sure I can remember the last time I did anything fun on Valentine’s Day so I played cupid for some people and am reading about the rose trade and climate change impact of flowers all year long which makes me want to support…

A ceramic swallow on the side of Waterloo Bridge

Sunday Scraps #33

A 1970 documentary of James Baldwin in Paris / Ada’s List are looking for a new CEO / the couple who took over one of my flats make these amazing silk scarves and I’m trying not to buy another one / Parissi make a killer…

Bag of croissants on the back of my bike

Sunday Scraps #32

The London Design Festival are looking for a producer / about the food in In the Mood for Love / under the cosh is an expression I didn’t know but quite like / the Modernist Society have published some lovely films / a IWD auction…

Somewhere, out there.

Sunday Scraps #31

More people have died of COVID-19 than in the Plague of London / how to propose something for COP26 / how people ate in the Middle Ages / 6 grades of sting / the story behind a table / the rate of vaccination doesn’t fill…

Oakshott Court

Sunday Scraps #30

Interesting take on the problem with environmental literature for children / the origins of restaurants (broths for the rich who didn’t want to chew) / the rural photography of William Christenberry /  Sharon Eyal the choreographer and dancer in The National’s videos / the photography…

Christmas cards

Sunday Scraps #29

Went down a rabbit hole of Arthur Cravan thanks to this BBC Radio 3 show by artist Ross Sutherland / Frank O’Hara’s lunchtime poetry looks great / This is him in his home reading a poem to his lover about having a Coke / a…

Chair in the afternoon light

Sunday Scraps #28

Kenneth Frampton’s archive of architecture courses / a 1986 BBC documentary about architecture of social housing in the modernist era / Maiden Lane Estate which, just like Central Hill, looked a little run down but wasn’t worth completely redesigning / on Meredith Frampton’s work which…

Lunch at Ottolenghi.

Sunday Scraps #27

The history of automats, the first acceptable restaurant where women could have a meal alone in the 1920s / Diet for a Small Planet /  an English philosopher who made Zen Buddism quite popular but died of alcoholism / Life begins at 40 in the…

Door with an A on it near London Bridge.

Sunday Scraps #26

On being sick of cooking / a universal sign language by the author of The Saint books that never took off / the Women’s Design Service charity is being wound down / Hidden London (virtual) tours / did Newton go mad in Lincolnshire? / the…

A Marcel Duchamp urinal print on some scaffolding in South London.

Sunday Scraps #25

I was insulted on Professor Gilbert’s behalf when her raising her twins was framed alongside the fact that her husband had quit his job to care of them. The reverse happens every single day and noone writes about it. / Didn’t realise Brassaï had taken…

A rainbow over Southwark bridge

Sunday Scraps #24

I have spent most of my time in London in the south (living west at the moment – which I’m still getting used to after over five years) and I would say it does have a different feel. I have probably said before, but there…

Front windows.

Sunday Scraps #23

How to be alone, a poem / Stag Horn’s Sumach which I spotted in my neighbourhood/ Economics for the people / On the theory of ghosting / Cambridge University Moral Sciences Club / the Australian immigration system has updated its values to describe religious laws…

The East side of Blackfriars Bridge on the Southbank.

Sunday Scraps #22

Diamonds made from the carbon in air / Dr. Jessica Taylor’s fantastic 30 lessons learnt for her 30th / the New York Times equivalent of Radio 3’s Slow Radio / Remembering ‘Turning the place over’ by Richard Wilson / his Italian Job bus on top…

Late night looking at Southwark Bridge.

Sunday Scraps #21

It’s been 20 years since IDII opened its doors and 14 since it closed them (and I graduated). The founding team is giving a talk about it next month. / Rachel Syme from the NewYorker has started a pen pal thing / Public Practice is…

Seaside in Margate on a Saturday night

Sunday Scraps #20

Loved the work of José Luis Vargas at Carl Freedman Gallery / Beehive design company whose logo Medium stole / The ‘head tooling’ section of Ken Isaacs 1974 book on self builds / A Vogue article on menopause featuring a 48 year old Gwyneth. Whatever.…

A walk in 'Temple of the Winds' walk in Surrey.

Sunday Scraps #19

My talented friend Jeremy drove us to ‘Temple of the Winds’ walk in Surrey after popping in to see Mary Fraser Tytler incredible terra cotta chapel. We also drove around the modernist  Alton Estate on the way back into town. Strange that it was designed…

A tiffin tin full of lunch from Leila's kitchen in Shoreditch.

Sunday Scraps #18

A Radio 3 show that touches on Sylvia Plath’s multiple biographies including the controversial 1990 one / I was given a tiffin tin for lunch at Leila’s which I ate on Arnold Circus, staring at Marlowe House/ Walter Hopps who ran an important gallery in…

Flimsy track and trace in a restaurant in Kilburn.

Sunday Scraps #17

Can’t believe Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre is being demolished / The interiors of 222 Strand which was ventilated by two women cycling / I wore a keffiyeh I bought in Jaffa in 2008 and looked up the Palestinian version which is now mostly made…

Central Hill Estate Bunker

Sunday Scraps #16

The campaign to save Central Hill Estate, a modernist gem in Crystal Palace I tweeted about yesterday / the Vanburgh Park Estate in Blackheath was designed by Chamberlain, Powell and Bon who designed the Barbican / Someone’s been collecting the modernist homes in Lambeth, might…

Barbican basin

Sunday Scraps #15

A guide to modernism in Metroland / Mike Davis talks about coronavirus / A french podcast about Eileen Gray (yet another book came out back in Feb) / Making art work / Why Is the West So Powerful—And So Peculiar? / The impact of Brexit on food…

My collection of house-shaped things.

Sunday Scraps #14

Senscommon overcoat / Why facts don’t change our mind / Travelling Salesman Problem / If the Chair Fits: Sexism in American Office Furniture Design / Happy Rainy Days long raincoat / A Message from your University’s Vice President for Magical Thinking / Designerly Ways of…

Bench on the roman side of the Barbican estate

Sunday Scraps #13

Long Barn, Vita Sackville-West first prototype garden 15 years before Sissinghurst / What to do with leftover fabric (I’m sewing and can’t believe how much waste there is) / Thai style omelette / another Steigler talk this time in January at Transmediale / The law of…

Books I used for research

Sunday Scraps #12

Attachment theory / Design in innovation report that was just published by Innovate UK (my quick critique on Twitter) / Grace Dent‘s perfect commentary on eating out in a pandemic / Dr. Joan Sinner gives me hope that you can become someone completely different later…

Trees in Brockwell park, leaves slowly turning.

Sunday Scraps #11

The story behind that burning man photo on the Pink Floyd Album / I don’t have a lot of time for Nick Cave as a politically literate person but at least he wrote a nice thing about Nina Simone / Brenda Vale on Autonomous Houses…

Berlin tiles

Sunday Scraps #10

Caresse Crosby‘s mad life (no decent biog yet) / On whether there’s a sense to history / The history of California based Architectural Pottery (yes that’s the name of the business) whose founders interviewed J.B.Blunk / Pain scales / Immunology and intuition / Dos and…

Sissinghurst Castle garden

Sunday Scraps #9

Sam Chermayeff (his father was a graphic designer, his grandfather was a product designer) is an architect talking about collective housing like his grandfather’s peers used to / the art of Constant (there doesn’t seem to be many video interviews which is annoying) / a…

Sunday Scraps #8

A deep clean of some phone tabs which have been opened since last November. HoroHoro Cookies (found in Kanazawa) / Katrien de Blauwer’s exhibition at the Foto Museum in Rotterdam (one of my favorite artists) / I didn’t necessarily agree with this NYTimes article on…

Sunday Scraps #7

Human Systems (Berlin) / The home and ‘digital glimpsing’ / The first 1968 First Things First graphic design manifesto / Arthur Pieper’s House / Jonny Hill’s house for the wealthy Corbetts /First Things First 2020 podcast on climate change education / the now demolished 60…

Sunday Scraps #6

(Office deep clean kind of day) The problems of restoring light art / The open society and its enemies / Japan Dome House / Mr Straw’s House / the architect Charles Holden / Excellent pecorino and almond biscuits / Allan Octavian Hume who ran the…

Sunday Scraps #5

Phil made a list of music videos shot in the Barbican/ Google stopped describing gorillas because it couldn’t figure out how to identify black people / decolonising design / cosplay innovation through patents / indie magazine economics / Bernard Leach (potter) / cats instead of…

Sunday Scraps #4

Post-pandemic workplaces 1 2 / a book about sentient lightbulbs / Kevin Kelley turned 68 and gave young people some advice / Bela Banathy’s book on changing social systems / furniture music (coined by Erik Satie) / the paper that coined and defined ‘wicked problems’…

Sunday Scraps #3

(Yes I know, not posted on a sunday. Sue me) Hiroshima / The ugly scandal that cancelled the Nobel Prize / Sugartime / Apollo magazine / Basic Design: a revolution in Art History, the beginning of the Hatton Gallery  / John Pasmore: The Developing process…

Sunday Scraps #2

Tabs from May 2018 Jardins Ferdinand Bac / How to call into the kitchen / NSBRC Self-build course / The Empty Brain / Usbourne book of the future / Laguna Art Museum / MOCA: Wellcome to the Dollhouse / The Waag Vertigo Residencies / Couple…