Author: designswarm

Writing 'Creating a Culture of Innovation' (2020, Apress), wrote 'Smarter Homes' (2018, Apress)
Central Hill Estate Bunker

Sunday Scraps #16

The campaign to save Central Hill Estate, a modernist gem in Crystal Palace I tweeted about yesterday / the Vanburgh Park Estate in Blackheath was designed by Chamberlain, Powell and Bon who designed the Barbican / Someone’s been collecting the modernist homes in Lambeth, might…

Barbican basin

Sunday Scraps #15

A guide to modernism in Metroland / Mike Davis talks about coronavirus / A french podcast about Eileen Gray (yet another book came out back in Feb) / Making art work / Why Is the West So Powerful—And So Peculiar? / The impact of Brexit on food…

My collection of house-shaped things.

Sunday Scraps #14

Senscommon overcoat / Why facts don’t change our mind / Travelling Salesman Problem / If the Chair Fits: Sexism in American Office Furniture Design / Happy Rainy Days long raincoat / A Message from your University’s Vice President for Magical Thinking / Designerly Ways of…

Bench on the roman side of the Barbican estate

Sunday Scraps #13

Long Barn, Vita Sackville-West first prototype garden 15 years before Sissinghurst / What to do with leftover fabric (I’m sewing and can’t believe how much waste there is) / Thai style omelette / another Steigler talk this time in January at Transmediale / The law of…

Books I used for research

Sunday Scraps #12

Attachment theory / Design in innovation report that was just published by Innovate UK (my quick critique on Twitter) / Grace Dent‘s perfect commentary on eating out in a pandemic / Dr. Joan Sinner gives me hope that you can become someone completely different later…

Trees in Brockwell park, leaves slowly turning.

Sunday Scraps #11

The story behind that burning man photo on the Pink Floyd Album / I don’t have a lot of time for Nick Cave as a politically literate person but at least he wrote a nice thing about Nina Simone / Brenda Vale on Autonomous Houses…

Berlin tiles

Sunday Scraps #10

Caresse Crosby‘s mad life (no decent biog yet) / On whether there’s a sense to history / The history of California based Architectural Pottery (yes that’s the name of the business) whose founders interviewed J.B.Blunk / Pain scales / Immunology and intuition / Dos and…

Using Twitter when you’re creative

I think of Twitter as – 50% the comment section of local newspapers – 20% malicious content – 30% inspirational quotes, gifs and cultural references. I look for gold in that 30%. That’s why I stick around. — Alexandra D-S (@iotwatch) July 31, 2020 (Two…

Sissinghurst Castle garden

Sunday Scraps #9

Sam Chermayeff (his father was a graphic designer, his grandfather was a product designer) is an architect talking about collective housing like his grandfather’s peers used to / the art of Constant (there doesn’t seem to be many video interviews which is annoying) / a…

Sunday Scraps #8

A deep clean of some phone tabs which have been opened since last November. HoroHoro Cookies (found in Kanazawa) / Katrien de Blauwer’s exhibition at the Foto Museum in Rotterdam (one of my favorite artists) / I didn’t necessarily agree with this NYTimes article on…