Andrey Tarkovsky : Polaroids

Low light trickling through the skeletal remains of trees, final leaves yet to scatter. Shadows. Reaching, stretching, distorting. Resultants of long golden beams, late afternoon sunsets. Thick fog. Transient mists. Blankets of grey. Preparation for walking on the Heath which was to involve that sandwich coincided with my discovery of Andrey Tarkovsky’s polaroids. Considered by … Continue reading

‘Where Children Sleep’

IF someone asked you to describe the bedroom from your childhood, what would you say? Was it strewn with toys? Plastered with posters? Were you holed up in a box room? Or sharing with siblings? Perhaps you didn’t ever stay in one home long enough to truly put a mark on your own space? Whatever you picture … Continue reading

most wanted: The Endless City

ALTHOUGH described as an essential tool for everyone involved in urban planning and development, I would like to think (from snippets I’ve seen on Phaidon’s website) that this book’s appeal is actually far more widespread. With powerful graphics and spectacular photographs  ‘The Endless City: An authoritative and visually rich survey of the contemporary city‘ is sure to capture the attention of many … Continue reading

sanatorium under the sign of the hourglass

I was eager to start reading Bruno Schulz’s ‘Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass’ after the introduction promised me pages ‘crowded with verbal brilliance’. I was apparently about to experience ‘ecstatic reaches of simile’ and ‘metamorphic fantasies’ that at times would succeed in reaching depths that neither Kafka nor Proust (to which Schulz has … Continue reading

most wanted: living and eating by john pawson / annie bell

THE idea of an architect renowned for his minimalist approach collaborating  with someone to create a cookbook may, in some, invoke fear. Fear that it will produce a tome of never-in-your-wildest-dreams-will-you-ever-be-able-to-recreate-them recipes accompanied by stunning images of dishes akin to mini installations, more likely to  induce tummy-rumbling than salivating. The good news is that in … Continue reading

hembakat är bäst

‘HOMEMADE is best’ according to Ikea. Well it would be for them wouldn’t it. But despite the various possible gripes one may have against this Swedish giant – crowds, canteen-style food, the need for that illusive allen key – it can’t be denied that they have triumphed with their new cook book.  The above images are … Continue reading

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