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AUTHOR: PAMELA POPESON

Posts by Pamela Popeson
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The Mind Expander/Flyhead Helmet: A Mind-Blowing Perception Transformer

Zamp Kelp, Ortner, Pinter, Haus-Rucker-Co. Mind Expander/Flyhead Helmet, from the Environment Transformer project. 1968. On view in the exhibition Shaping Modernity: Design 1880–1980

What is it about the Haus-Rucker-Co. Mind Expander/Flyhead Helmet that so pleases everyone, I wonder? People love it. They just do. It is nice looking, with its translucent green double bubble mask, prismatic eyepieces, and groovy power pack, but the cool factor explodes once you realize what it is and what it’s meant to do. Read more

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February 7, 2011  |  Artists, Building Collections
Stück Natur: The Microenvironment-in-a-Jar Siren

Haus-Rucker & Co. Stück Natur (Piece of Nature). 1971–73

When you spend a lot of time around objects, you find that some objects continue to unfold with every new encounter while other objects do not. I was charmed from the start by Haus-Rucker & Co.’s Stück Natur (Piece of Nature), a microenvironment in a preserving jar, but didn’t expect it to continue to draw me back in. Read more

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November 19, 2010  |  Counter Space
The Perfect Kitchen Clock

Hungarian embroidered wall hanging. Translation from Hungarian: “You must do everything at the right time.” Collection Juliet Kinchin. Photograph: Roger Griffith

There’s always been a clock in my kitchen. I can’t imagine otherwise. I bet there’s been one in yours too. I’m not talking about the digital ones on the coffee maker, stove, microwave, etc. that I don’t even bother to set—I’m talking about the clock that’s been in charge of keeping time everywhere I’ve ever lived—my kitchen clock. Read more

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October 15, 2010  |  Design, Polish Posters: 1945–89
New Polish Posters

Tomasz Sarnecki. Solidarność (Solidarity). 1989

I was raised on Westerns—The Rifleman, Hondo, Wyatt Earp, Cheyenne, and Lawman, with plenty of John Ford and Sergio Leone thrown in, and I just adored those cowboys. Read more

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June 10, 2010  |  Action! Design over Time
Taking a Hammer to Modern Design: Jordi Canudas’s Less Lamp

I love Jordi Canudas‘s Less Lamp, seen in the video above—a super playful and no-nonsense approach to the business of bringing light into a space. Assuming that the primary purpose of a light fixture is simply that of casting light, you can’t get more explicit than a bulb, a hanging cord, and a shade to cut the glare and to reflect and amplify the light. Read more

February 25, 2010  |  Action! Design over Time, Artists, Design
Signs of Life: The Life of the Exit Man

Freddie Yauner. Signs of Life. 2007-09. © Freddie Yauner

Signs of Life, the animated pictographic exit sign by British designer Freddie Yauner, takes the most banal everyday object—something that we see daily but rarely notice—and brings it to life. Read more