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Cuts In The Middle

Now that the Internets have survived this and Sir William Benjamin Bensussen aka The Gaslamp Killer has recovered just fine from his insane scooter accident – it’s been a year, and see above -, he’s going to go crazy (as usual) at Berlin’s Gretchen tomorrow night. Wicked!

SUMMER TUNES

Summer, sweet summer – we can’t get enough of it. Neither can our previous cover star Ryan McGinley, who has turned his summer road trips – initially intended over five years to add up to 365 days of summer – into a yearly routine. While the results tend to repeat themselves a little, don’t our summer routines as well? Certainly one has to hand it to him: no one does summer quite as well and gloriously as Ryan McGinley.

Photography by Ryan McGinley

TUESDAY MUSIC: INTERPOL

Finally, Interpol have announced a new album and if the new single All the Rage Back Home is anything to go by, not much has changed in the last few years and that’s all right with us.

MONDAY MUSIC: THE ACID

We mentioned them a little while ago and we’ll mention them again, as The Acid’s splendid debut album Liminal is out now. Utterly glorious bass ballads for the 21st century.

Special Books

Some books are more special than others…

For 40 years, Gerhard Steidl has combined the roles of printer and publisher, resolved to personally check each sheet leaving his printing shop in Göttingen. This perfectionism, combined with an unconditional love for books, for the traditional printing craft, and a commitment to the quality standards of manufacturing (in the original sense of the word, made by hand), has gained worldwide attention. The most internationally renowned photographic artists vie for the opportunity to collaborate with Gerhard Steidl, to conceive and produce the perfect publication with him.

Embark on a trip with German printer and publisher Gerhard Steidl to his book world.

TRUISM OF THE DAY 30: MASSIMO VIGNELLI

We’re always up for a good snippet of advice, so these beautiful posters by Colorado-based studio Berger & Föhr in tribute to and compiling some words of wisdom by design heavyweight Massimo Vignelli, who sadly passed away this May, are exactly our glass of ice-cold lemonade.

LIFE 1964: “New York’s Negro Ghetto Erupts”

50 years back, on July 16 fifteen year old James Powell was shot and killed by Lieutenant Thomas Gilligan. It happened on a hot thursday.

Life magazine reports on page 14: “The Harlem Riots: New York’s Negro Ghetto Erupts”.

Buy a copy now for only US $7.95

EYE TO I

The song is good, but the video is wonderful. Fueling the beats and lyrics with Parallax-inspired stop motion, Nelson de Castro’s take on Digitalism’s Wolves is insanely addictive, and rather than sapping the viewer’s interest, the cinematic trope increases the hallucinatory momentum of the visuals, culminating in a cryptic Pop Rocks stare-off. How I’d like to end every night.

BOFILLTOPIAS #03: LA MURALLA ROJA

La Muralla Roja – The Red Wall – is an apartment building by Ricardo Bofill constructed in 1973 on the Mediterranean coast near Alicante in Spain, and in vicinity of La Manzanera, an equally odd if aesthetically quite different Bofill landmark building. La Muralla Roja reads like an intellectual exercise gone havoc: drawing inspiration from the popular architecture of the Arab Mediterranean and constructivism alike, it actually attempts to rework ideas of the Islamic casbah by creating an intricate system of terraces, patios and alleys. Carefully colour-coded to contrast and complement the sky and the sea, La Muralla Roja hovers like a hallucinatory fortress on the cliffs, part Mediterranean village, part Miami splendour.

All images by Taller de Arquitectura


THE GARDEN EDIT

Founded by English gardener John Tebbs, The Garden Edit redraws the traditional boundaries associated with shopping and the garden by bringing together a modern collection of products that embody functionality, timelessness and beauty. The collection reflects John’s personal aesthetic – minimal, well-designed products from craftspeople, artists, publishing houses and family run businesses. It is really very beautiful!