Good Goods: Circular Bells & Chimes

Design Curiosities: The Plant for Foxlow

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Wanting to start a restaurant that could really serve its neighborhood, Will Beckett and Huw Gott (the fellas behind London’s beloved Hawksmoor chain) opened the first Foxlow location on St John Street in 2013. It was an undeniable success. The second Foxlow location just opened in the neighborhood of Stoke Newington. This beautifully executed and refreshingly simple identity work was done by London-based design firm The Plant.

Discover: Marty Robbins

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Like most, my introduction to Marty Robbins happened the old fashioned way. Listening to Houston’s Country Legends 97.1, somewhere between staples by Waylon, Willie, and George, you will always hear Robbins’ 1959 hit El Paso. The first single released off Robbins’ 5th studio album, Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, El Paso would catapult Robbins’ career and become a beloved country and western classic. It earned Robbins a Grammy in 1961 for Best Country and Western Recording, and in turn made Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs Robbins’ highest charting album, moving more than a million units to date. Consequently, when most people think of Marty Robbins, myself included, they think of his romantic caricatures of a wild west filled with cowboys, cantinas, and señoritas.

When we stumbled upon I Walk Alone in the dollar bin at our favorite record store, I was a bit taken aback by the cover. Marty Robbins was not dressed as a cowboy in black wielding a six shooter, he was sitting at a piano looking decidedly uncountry. I Walk Alone is Marty Robbins over a decade into his career finding his own place in country music. These simple and heartfelt songs, some of them originally performed by Leon Payne, Hank Williams, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Dickey Lee, feature Robbins on piano for the first time on record. The title track, written by Herbert Wilson in 1943, was previously associated with country legend Eddy Arnold who first recorded the song in 1945.

I walk alone was released by Columbia Records in 1968 and would be Robbins’ thirteenth number one country single. Following its success Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, David Houston, and Willie Nelson would all record I Walk Alone for 1969 releases.

You can easily pick up a copy of I Walk Alone for just a few bucks. While it may not be quintessential Marty Robbins, it certainly is a fine place to start.

※ photograph by dc

Curiosities: Photobooth, A Biography

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Steven and I visit a photobooth each year, and if we are traveling we make a point to stop by one in each city. We don’t often get photographs of the both of us, and it’s a nice way to document our time together. It’s a ritual that is shared by many, but it is one that is getting harder to do. Many of the chemical photobooths are becoming antiques not worth the money to maintain. Meags Fitzgerald has chronicled this, and the photobooth’s history in an illustrated graphic novel released last year. This really great interview with CKUA about the book is worth a listen. I haven’t picked up a copy for myself yet, but it’s on my list for sure.

Design Curiosities: In Loving Memory of Work’s Liaison Headline

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In Loving Memory Of Work is “A visual record of the political graphics and cultural outputs during the UK miner’s strike during 1984-85″. Curated and designed by Craig Oldham, this beautifully executed 168 page book captures Britain’s longest ever industrial dispute.

Oldham also worked with designer Aaron Skipper to create 2 original typefaces for the book. The first, Liaison, the headline face used throughout the book, was designed based on the Liaison Committee For The Defence Of The Trade Union (LCDTU) placards used during the strike. The second, Ferrymoor, was inspired by the NUM Ferrymoor Riddings Branch banner. Both typefaces will be available for download with proceeds going to the cause.

In Loving Memory Of Work is out now on Oldham’s own imprint, Unified Theory of Everything. Proceeds go to the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign.

Good Goods: Circular Bells & Chimes

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Meus is an online shop that opened about half a year ago. It stocks home essentials, and everything seems pretty moderately priced. I’ve added a few things to my personal wish list, including these circular hanging bells. They would be lovely in or outside.