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}

Grand people,

Mustard comes in many containers, but these, manufactured for Amora brand mustard are exceptional.

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Here we are paired with the classic Grey Poupon. Where Grey Poupon leaves us wanting more is when you’ve used all the mustard and are in need of a wine glass.

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Jealous condiments,
{the spacial cadets}

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