Here are five sites that caught our attention this week.
1. BLDGBLOG – I don’t know why it has taken me this long to get to this architecture and design blog. It began in July 2004 and is written by Los Angeles-based Geoff Manaugh. He reads voraciously and we all benefit. You’ll find thoughtful pieces on a huge range of topics from author Cormac McCarthy to a great little renovation done by Robert Choeff and Krystyan Keck of the Bureau of Architectural Affairs. This blog is smart and wonderfully broad. You always come away with a tasty little morsel. Where to start: His most recent quick links post. Where does Google stand on the Thai-Cambodian border at Preah Vihear Temple?
2. Living Etc. This UK magazine has a great website and it’s gallery section is fabulous. Think Domino meets Metropolitan Home with a dash of Dwell and you get the idea. Where to start? The home office gallery, of course.
3. Paul Smith While we are in the UK it make sense to stop in at Paul Smith. The designer is super talented but he’s also very tied in to an interesting creative community that he blogs about (rather incessantly). Where to start: Today with the mention of Zarigani’s Japanese graphic designers taking part in an interesting experiment. They have moved their workspace into the public arena at Smith’s Space store in Japan.
4. Dezeen This one shouldn’t come as a surprise to many of you. The online design magazine was launched in November 2006 and satisfies all us news junkies by “bringing you the best architecture, design and interiors projects from around the world before anyone else.” Love it. What more could you ask for? Where to start: Try all the news about Milan Furniture Fair …before it has actually happened.
5. Letterheady Sometimes you need inspiration for the little things that make your business tick. In the case of this extraordinary blog it’s all about letterhead. The clever writer, blogger and curator of correspondence Shaun Usher has collected an awesome amount of stationery from every corner of the globe. Where to start: Hitler’s letterhead? Thomas Edison’s rather lovely copperplate? Roy Lichtenstein fabulous 190 Bowery stationery?