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This video makes famous the door mechanism at Paimio Sanatorium in Finland. It is designed by Alvar Aalto and was completed in 1932.

Aside from this Houseware Interior Action Moment, the examples of architecture based on Tuberculosis are astonishing. There are a few Spacial Cadets who have spent time in Colorado Springs and are familiar with the ubiquitous “window room” stuck onto the side of any “house” built in the early 20th century. Few other diseases have had such an impact on architecture at large and at the domestic level.

Here is an example of how those TB additions in the Spronx are used.

One may wonder how the International Style, the 30s ocean-liner style homes – aka Modernism – became so popular in climates totally unsuitable for terraces and flat roofs. Sunbathing became a popular homeopathic treatment during the early 20th century. Europe was emerging from the filthy industrial revolution and a run-down worker’s housing problem. Hygenic architecture with white and airy designs were seen as the saviour. The style flourished, partially for the progressive aesthetic, yet also in large part for the values of equality, the popularity of sunbathing and health benefits associated with air and sunlight.

The Zonnestraal Sanatorium by Jan Duiker. Completed in 1928.

Our friend, Coco Chanel, thought of sun tans de rigeur – required.

Now we’re just dYiNg to get sick.

Was that OK?

{the spacial cadets}

P.S. A very interesting article on the connection of the style to the illness.

n55 is a design group with a political mission. They see human need exploited by concentrations of power, and human interaction infected with power games and competition.

Even before we met Craigslist and Occupy Wall Street, people were looking to live without the hegemony of power and to interact with one-another without competition or profit. n55 has tapped into this sentiment, and looks to improve our human situation through design and programming. ROOMS is a personal favorite of ours.

n55 exists only when engaged. The projects and products are designed for anyone at any ability level. As we interact with the manuals, n55’s vision is brought to life. So go, spacial cadets, you are all part of n55, you just have yet to participate.

They live at this address: www.n55.dk

Missing Harrison Ford rom-coms,

{the spacial cadets}

Baby baby,

The 1920’s are a recurring theme in my life. Maybe it’s because I started watching Boardwalk Empire, or maybe it’s because I’ve let the Charleston back into my dance-lexicon. I got my hair cut at a speakeasy where my barber maintained that I gave off a “1920’s vibe” (whatever that means). I suppose that I can’t deny that the romantic notion of a hyper-stylized, disobedient roaring 20’s is informing my aesthetic these days.

I found these just a couple of whiles ago and I just couldn’t wait to share them:

Perhaps, now that it may be contextualized en vogue, my prep wear has always been rooted more in a nostalgic plea for classic style and the adventurous spirit of the free-wheeling prohibition days.

Kitsuné Maison’s SS-12 collection is beautiful. The clothes have a subtle hint of the that boozing prep-flair. It’s enough to satisfy my craving, and pretty much sums up my serendipitous obsession.

If it feels right, do it.

Wide pant problems,

{the spacial cadets}

Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret.

It isn’t often we showcase other blogs. We may blogroll – maybe even pilfer – but blogs themselves are rarely the subject of a post. We did, however, want to give an example of the internet at work. It’s an enormous place with little distance between what it holds, and sometimes you can’t help but discover wonderful blogs.

Trawling for design, ROLU, the site in question, discovered this project on the blog of a Hong Kong university student:

Up from the deep.

The chairs are constructed of simple plywood and could easily be reproduced with minimal costs by anyone with a hammer, saw, and nails.

They were originally constructed by ROLU themselves.

The entire x-chair post can be found ici, and ROLU’s site is definitely worth a gander or two.

Inspiring/interesting/internet/intercozy-webspace.

Clam potential,

{the spacial cadets}

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