Category Archives: appearances

allsaints

A few months ago, I drove past the corner of 5th and Pike in the evening and saw something new, a shopfront that flashing by looked like some sort of Babbagesque mechanical computer, brass machinery gridded in glass and lit … Continue reading


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tel aviv / berlin

It’s time to break this dry spell on the blog.  Let’s begin with some notes I jotted down on the plane back from a trip to Tel Aviv and Berlin a couple of weeks ago. For me, the antisymmetrical ideas … Continue reading


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latte vorticity

I used to be a bit of a purist about latte art, but am being convinced that the use of the spoon to incise the surface after the pour is valid.  The barista at Besalu is convincing. Their croissants are … Continue reading


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radial stripes

The brand design for Victrola Coffee on 15th is beautiful: There’s a sense of confection about it.  It prints nicely, it exudes a Capitol Hill-ish steampunk sensibility, and it rhymes with those radially-striped teacup designs which are so much more … Continue reading


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rudy’s

On the subject of things that land precisely on the beat, I’ll mention Rudy’s Barbershop.  There are 7 in Seattle, 5 in LA and 2 in Portland.  Thanks to Abra for turning me on to these guys. My opinion of … Continue reading


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homage to sartorialist

“Fashion” as an industry is intimately connected to brand marketing, and in this sense seems almost by construction self-negating.  If you’re being sold a “look”, then it’s not your own, and therefore you’re a consumer, not a producer.  Just as … Continue reading


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