Thursday, December 18, 2008


Happy browsing!

Wes Anderson Interview
The A.V. Club interviews Wes Anderson about his career in film up to the present, on the occasion of the Criterion release of his debut film Bottle Rocket on Blue-ray. Via Kottke.

Disposable Fashion
Ever wonder what happens to all those bargain-priced clothes that don't sell? The answer isn't pretty. In the U.K. alone, the figure is now at two million tonnes of discarded clothes, with 74% (!) of it ending up in landfill. The textile recycling industry is actually suffering despite the staggering amount of clothing being discarded, because much of it is made of poor quality synthetic blends, which they can't use. On the plus side, it's an excellent argument for (a) buying great vintage clothing, and (b) investing in a few really good quality pieces in unadulterated natural fibres such as wool, linen and cotton.

The Year's Best Food Books
Tom Jaine of The Guardian picks his faves of this year's books on food, from recipe books to memoirs to food histories. Great holiday reading!

Chanel has come out with three new Rouge Allure lip colours for the adventurous, all variations on black: Obscure has brown undertones, Maniac has a hint of red, and Hysteria has a violet note. I used to wear Chanel's Rouge Noir constantly years ago, so dark lip colour isn't alarming for me, but these shades are definitely statements. Looking forward to seeing how they're worn ... Via W Magazine.

The Chaotic Work Space
BBC readers submit photos of unbelievably messy office spaces, either their own, their spouse's, or a co-worker's. It is hard to believe that anything can get done at all in some of these offices, but apparently it does ...

The Year in Ideas 2008
The New York Times has its annual Year in Ideas feature, and as always it's a fascinating read.

The Story of High Street
Mainstone Press has just republished The Story of High Street, a stunning series of 24 lithographic plates drawn by Eric Ravilious in 1938, chronicling real shopfronts from Cheesemonger to Coach Builder. A glimpse into 30s England ... Via Wallpaper.

The Meaning of Tingo
This sounds like a fabulous book. The Meaning of Tingo by Adam Jacot de Boinod is a collection of wonderfully expressive words and phrases from around the world. For example, Malay has gigi rongak — the space between the teeth. There's a nakkele — a man who licks whatever the food has been served on (from Tulu, India). And tingo is from the Pascuense language of Easter Island meaning "to borrow objects from a friend's house, one by one, until there's nothing left". Via BBC.

The beautiful sparkly table setting was scanned from a vintage copy of Marie Claire Maison.

Seven Days of Noël : Shimmer

An iridescent shell peeps out from Janet Stoyel's metallic thread-embellished silver pocket. Scanned from a vintage copy of Marie Claire Maison. (photograph by Noëlle Hoeppe).
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