Category Archives: Insight

Uniform Wares – Right Time, Right Place

London’s East End is the hotbed of art and design in Britain – if not the world. But while much of the energy there is devoted to posing and posturing, two industrious designers blended form and function and came up with a solid success. We report on the timeliness of Uniform Wares.

There’s a certain irony in a British contemporary design company using the nation’s manufacturing golden age as its muse. The paradox balloons when you figure that Uniform Wares birth came about during the recession providing the final nail in British manufacturers’ collective coffin.

Nevertheless, Uniform Wares 100 series watch, created a quiet storm on its release.

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HPP Architects – Learning from the Masters

Architecture, it’s been said, reflects the society that surrounds it. Consider then, the new Medical Library Düsseldorf´s Heinrich-Heine-University. Known as the OASE building, it’s been described as being a “pulsating space for studying, reading, learning, inspiration and social encounter.” Enthusiastic, certainly – but it’s a pretty accurate way of putting it.

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Field Candy – Better by Design

Camping used to be a miserable affair – bourn of the necessity of one following four things:

  1. lack of funds for a proper holiday
  2. a misguided spirit of adventure or guilt-inspired worthy attempt to connect with nature
  3. peer/parent pressure
  4. music festivals
  5. all of the above

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How Dare He! Buffett’s Taxing Idea Digested

Tax is one subject that is guaranteed to get people hot under the collar. That’s why – when Warren Buffett’s name appeared in the by-line above in piece in the New York Times in August all hell broke loose.

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The Sochi Project

© Rob Hornstra/INSTITUTE. Courtesy Flatland Gallery.

The world has long harboured a fascination with Russia: the vastness, the politics, the wealth, the poverty, its resources, diversity, monotony, and spirit. From Kaliningrad in the west across the Eurasian landmass to Ratmanov Island in the Baring Strait, the country is difficult enough to comprehend for it’s natives – but what about a foreigner?

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