Crystalline Bodies: Fragments of a Cultural History of Glass

Jeffrey T. Schnapp

Within the framework of an overall theory of the cultural history of materials, this article reconstructs the role of tempered glass in the modernist imagination.

The Bauhaus in Calcutta: An Encounter of the Cosmopolitan Avant-Garde [Exhibition Review]

Reviewed by Antonia Behan

The encounter between Bauhauslers and the Bengali avant-garde in 1922 has long tantalized scholars of South Asian modernism. 

Passages from Why I Became an Architect by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky

Selected and Translated by Juliet Kinchin

These extracts outline Schütte-Lihotzky’s working methods, the concerns that lay behind the design of the Frankfurt Kitchen, and something of her larger ideas about design and the status of women.

The Administration of Things: A Genealogy

Ben Kafka

What does it mean to "replace the government of persons by the administration of things?" And what do we do about all this paperwork?

Notes from the Field

Strawberries
Ken Ames

The strawberry season has come and gone. To be more precise, the season for locally-grown strawberries has come and gone. Strawberries are still very much in evidence at the big-box grocery stores but they come from somewhere else, very far away.  

Perishable Goods
Ken Ames

Go on to Google and look for Belter furniture. Just click on “images” and an entire page of Belter and Belteresque objects will appear. Search for Wooton desks and you will also be rewarded with many score of objects. Now try Gardner & Co. veneer chair seats or something along those lines...

Hobby Businesses
Ken Ames

People are still wondering what happened to the antiques business. Until recently, the trade was a stable and enduring fixture of American culture and commerce. It seemed to only grow stronger with every passing year. But it has indeed fallen on hard times...

A Question of Value
Ken Ames

It started with shoes. I bought a pair two and a half years ago at an outlet in Freeport, Maine. I paid $100. Something of a departure purchase, these shoes were unlike any I had previously owned but swiftly became my favorites. They felt good on and looked great. About six months ago, however, one shoe...

Design and Disaster: Kon Wajiro’s Modernologio at Parsons
Jilly Traganou

Fifteen years ago, I first discovered the work of Kon Wajiro (1888-1973) at a library in Tokyo. I was immediately captivated by the intimacy of his meticulous ink drawings. Looking at his work felt like peeking into someone's closet and being afforded a view of their most intimate belongings...