March 31st, 2005

operesque

Berlin textures



The first four pictures are the various and lovely wallpaper textures to be seen at Wohnzimmer, an elegantly tatty café-bar on the Helmholtz Platz in Prenzlauer Berg. The last three are the spines of books seen in the Antiquariat section of the Karl-Marx-Buchhandlung on Karl-Marx-Allee. Like kimonos, these jackets use generic patterns but wrap them with an identifying, individualising "obi" (in this case the book's title on a white label). I sometimes wish I'd packaged all my records this way, so they built into a clashing but harmonious set of patterns on the shelf.

For more Berlin textures, check the new pictures on my Flickr account. (Tip: choose "All Sizes" to see tons of detail in glorious high-res, and "More Properties" to see all the technical stuff about the picture.) If you're more in the mood for text than texture, there's a new piece up today on Design Observer, Paper Spends More Time With Its Family, which develops some of the ideas in my recent thoughts on the links between computers and paper.

Plus: One year ago on this blog: Slow Life and Semantic Architecture.