Married at Moss
The closing of Soho design emporium Moss marks the end of an era, one doomed, I suspect, by the flood of internet images and the ease of price comparisons. The only time I was able to enter the world of Moss was when I was spending other people's money, a.k.a. when I got married, and registered there. After that experience, I encountered many, many other designers who chose the same rite of passage, selecting their grown-up things from Murray's museum-like shelves.
A Memorial to (Random Access) Memory
IBM Building 25's foremost contribution to computing history was the invention of the "flying head" disc drive, that allowed for online processing. This hard disc memory was deployed in the IBM 305 RAMAC computer
, a room-size installation that looked not unlike the boxy buildings in which it was researched, developed and manufactured. Given the importance of memory in the history of Silicon Valley, it seems ironic that so many elements of Building 25's story have been forgotten.
Design for Girls: Put A Heart On It
Along with more "realistic" figures, more domestic settings, and more role-playing about animals and food, the new Lego Friends collection, aimed at girls, includes more accessories. Front and center in the spread for "Stephanie's Cool Convertible"
is another pink purse. And she's got a mirror, with a heart on it, in the backseat.
Maybe I should just give up now.