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May 11, 2011

Attention Trainspotters: "Railway Maps of the World"


This new book


by Mark Ovenden


explores 200 years of trains,


including among other things route guides, surveyors' maps, and travel posters.


[via the Wall Street Journal; slide show here]

May 11, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tackety Pitcher


"Rows of rounded nubs formed from Bohemian glass cover the surface."


9"H x 4"Ø.


62 oz.



[via Svpply]

May 11, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Maze of salt


From Suzanne LaBarre's February 2, 2011 fastcodesign.com post:


Motoi Yamamoto has to be the most patient man in the world. A Japanese artist, Yamamoto uses salt to create monumental floor paintings, each so absurdly detailed they make "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" look like child's play. He calls them, fittingly, his Labyrinths.


Yamamoto's latest labyrinth [above] creeps out from a brick tunnel at the Fondation Espace Ecureuil, a gallery in France. He made it — as he makes all these installations — by sprinkling salt on the floor through a plastic bottle used for machine oil, starting at the back of the tunnel and then moving forward to avoid stepping on the designs he's already drawn. The whole thing took 50 hours over the course of five days and a whopping 2,200 pounds of salt.

Below is an older installation at Sankt Peter parish in Cologne.


The story behind Yamamoto's salt sculptures is sweet and sad. His sister died of brain cancer more than a decade ago. To honor her memory, he began sketching with salt — in Japan, a traditional symbol for purification and mourning. The meandering patterns are meant to convey a sense of eternity.


Yamamoto takes pains to extend the metaphor beyond the walls of the art gallery. In Cologne, he invited viewers to deconstruct the labyrinth and redistribute its salt elsewhere — in the sea or the soil or wherever else it might contribute to new life. He'll do the same at Fondation Espace Ecureuil when the exhibit closes.


[via Milena]

May 11, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Wax Alarm Clock


By Han Jansen.

My candle burns at both ends

It will not last the night;

But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends –

It gives a lovely light.


Edna St. Vincent Millay, "A Few Figs from Thistles", 1920

U.S. poet (1892-1950)

[via Fancy]

May 11, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"Painting" — by Francis Alÿs

Very relaxing for the viewer, if not the artist.

bookofjoeTV will have elements of performance art like this, to be sure.

May 11, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Solar AM/FM/Weather Band Radio


Charges with solar power or by manual hand crank.

3.25" x 3" x 2.25".



May 11, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

AlfaSent — "The simple way to shop in the UK"

Currently the only UK shopping I do on a regular basis is via Amazon, which wonderfully lets me use my 1-Click settings to buy whatever's on its UK site, for the most part books published there which won't be published in the States for months or years, if ever.

I'm gonna try this site out soonest.

If you do too, let me know what you think so I can follow up.

[via Milena]

May 11, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Steak Buttons


Good idea.

Set of 4: $15.99.

May 11, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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