Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Warnemunde: Obsolescence

Warnemunde, Germany (the former East): One volume of Lenin's complete works, used to prop up a coffee table in the window of a junk store. Which pretty much speaks for itself, I think.

Pebble Beach Tour 2010: Ghia madness

Three examples of wild design from Carrozzeria Ghia of Turin—all of which show an interesting interplay between American and Italian automotive styling.
From top, the 1954 Plymouth Explorer Ghia Coupe, the 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic Ghia Coupe and the 1954 DeSoto Adventurer II Ghia Coupe. All were designed under the direction of Luigi Segre, who was then in his early 30s and had been hired by Ghia specifically to work on its Chrysler accounts.

San Francisco: The Embarcadero

Here's a piece of sculpture that makes me really happy, not least because it resembles both that iconic Alessi juicer and a 1950s toy rocket. And as a bonus, it's really big!

San Francisco: The Embarcadero

I've always loved the piers along the Embarcadero, especially their monumental scale and Industrial Romanesque arches.