Apr 27 2012: Twenty-One Modernist Monuments, Buildings and Memorials from a Guide to the former Yugoslavia (Yugoslaviapublic Beograd, 1980)

The volume that these photographs of futuristic monuments, public sculptures and buildings were selected from is a mammoth guide to the whole territory of the former Yugoslavia (now the separate states of Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro) packed with historic landscapes, landmarks and artefacts. Published in English around 1980, it’s presumably intended as a … Continue reading

Apr 24 2012: A Gallery Showing Six Generic Soviet Union Paper Record Sleeve Designs (Melodija, 1960s)

These paper record sleeves, produced by various regional branches of the Soviet Union’s state record label, Melodija, were made to provide generic covers inside which pretty much any type of music might be housed, whether classical, folk, jazz, pop or Red Army choirs. In some respects, these generic sleeves are the equivalents of the 7″ … Continue reading

Apr 5 2012: Five Monochrome Photographs From An Archaeological Excavation (c.1960s)

There’s no indication on (or in, so far as I can tell) when or where these photographs were taken, though it’s obvious that they document an archaeological dig of some kind: and judging by the depth of the excavation, seen to have various levels within the images, quite a serious one at that. The permutations … Continue reading

Apr 3 2012: Accessories including Sleeping Bags, Swimwear, Slacks and Anoraks from the Bukta Campedia Catalogue (1960)

Following yesterday’s gallery of tents, mainly named after British birds and designed in a kind of unconscious anticipation of minimalist systems art of the kind circulated by Sol LeWitt, these images draw on the rest of the goods on offers in the 1960 Bukta Campedia catalogue of camping wares. The contrast in style is intriguing, … Continue reading

Apr 2 2012: Seventeen Varieties Of Tents Named After British Birds (from Bukta Campedia Catalogue, 1960)

A 1960 edition of the Bukta Campedia – a sort of general catalogue of camping equipment – manages a certain poetry in its adoption of the common names of British birds for its various models of tent, here presented in a hand drawn format, their variations on the temporary architectural theme united by being coloured … Continue reading

An Interview With Yelena Popova (Primary, 2013)

Yelena Popova is a Russian-born painter based in Nottingham, and the following interview took place at her studio at Primary in the winter of 2013. An abridged version appeared in LeftLion magazine in November 2013. This full transcript of the conversation is published here in advance of the opening of her exhibition After Image at … Continue reading

Mar 1 2012: Thirty-Four Illustrations From The Space Shuttle At Work by Howard Allaway (NASA, 1979)

I’ve been told, but never been able to confirm, that the design of airports is utterly monotonous and boring, and much the same everywhere in the world you might go, for a very particular reason: the knowledge among those commissioning these complexes that the very last thing someone about to board an aircraft really needs is excitement … Continue reading

Feb 18 2012: Two Webley Paper Targets for Competitive Pellet Gun Shooting (Date Unknown)

The target has become something of a design icon during the twentieth century though its origins – which seem largely mysterious – probably pre-date Modernism by several centuries, given that the form it takes (a series of roundels or circles of descending size) is likely to have evolved naturally from its purpose: that being to offer … Continue reading

Jan 17 2012: A Pictorial Analysis of the Grip (from a Student Design Portfolio, c.1990)

It’s not difficult to understand why these photographs were taken, as they appeared in a portfolio of work made by a Singaporean product design student, based in the East Midlands sometime during the later 1980s or early 1990s. The sequence was presumably intended to analyse the fit of the human hand to a variety of objects … Continue reading

Jan 14 2012: A Gallery of Twenty-Four Photographs and Case Studies from Architectural Review (March 1966)

These twenty-four photographs show a group of buildings deemed notable by the editors of Architectural Review magazine in March 1966, and their subjects range from the obscure to the iconic, from Sydney Opera House under construction to Peter Bicknell’s Ornithological Research and Exhibition Building at Slimbridge, Gloustershire, created for The Wildfowl Trust. Alongside these we find … Continue reading