A time of sneakers and sauces. At one point in the early 1900s, the Puget Sound strawberries were so famous that the German Kaiser ordered a barrel of them to be shipped to him. They were packed in sponge moss. And for a moment the Smith Tower, in 1915, was the fourth tallest building in the world.

At this moment, you can make a rhubarb sauce and a strawberry sauce, and use them for yogurt and ice cream, biscuits and buns, and as a kind of keeping time piece.

For the rhubarb, wash two good stems and chop them to half-inch pieces, about two cups. Heat a good medium saucepan, or Creuset, add 1/3 cup of sugar, a little less water, bring to a soft boil and add the cut up rhubarb and the zest of one lemon. Stir and keep at a slow boil for ten minutes, until it thickens. Let cool and refrigerate in a tight jar, it will keep for a good week but you should have used it by then.
For the strawberries, hull and wash two cups worth of the newest, reddest, even softest berries. Leave them wet and add to the saucepan with 1/3 cup of sugar and the juice of 1/2 a lemon, and bring to a soft boil on medium. Turn down the heat and keep stirring until they thicken, about ten minutes. Let them cool, then store what you are not ready to use in a tight jar. Will also keep for a good week, but you should  by then have used them and be making more.


Leuchtturm New Notebook, A5, 120g Paper
Dotted or Plain, 200p, 2021, $24.
Leuchtturm is as much a research company as a supplier. For this new notebook, 5 3/4" x 6 1/2", they have created a new paper, with an extraordinary smooth surface and extraordinary low transparency. It will not leak or bleed, making it perfect for fountain pen, brush pen or marker use. Available with their trademark light dots or blank, each page numbered, in black or a very light green.


Leuchtturm / Monocle Drehgriffel Ballpoint Pen
Black ink, aluminum and brass, twist top, boxed, four colors, $30.
It is a collaboration, the famous London Design team and the German stationery master, making subtle changes of color and form to certain products. The original Drehgriffel pen was quite civic - and now it is available in wonderful new colors, a brass top and black ink, with refills. 

Available in black, grey, yellow and blue body, a very cool pen.

MD Fountain Pen
Medium tip, cartridge included, 2021, boxed, $38.
MD Paper, from Tokyo, is one of our finest suppliers. Their paper pads and products have the most loyal customers. This is their first fountain pen, in a cream color body, steel cap and transparent tip. They describe the pen as "designed for comfortable writing." It is, in a way, a kind of linen pen, elegant and light, public and private.

A.Mag 22 : Vincent van Duysen
2021, Portugal, 224 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 32 cm, pb, $62.50.
Eight years after their original issue on Van Duysen, the wonderful Belgian designer, there is now a new issue, with 16 new projects, in the brilliant  A.Mag format of full page photographs, on heavy, soft stock. Projects include Casa M, August Hotel, Winery W, C Penthouse.

Van Duysen work is an elegance and order - the difficulty has always been to reenact the sense of it. That is what this volume does brilliantly.


El Croquis 207 Estudio Gustavo Utrabo : eyes shut to see you better
Marta Bogea, 2021, 256pp, $99.
Based in São Paulo, Brasil, Gustavo Utrabo was formerly part of Aleph Zero, a practice he founded in 2012 that won the 2018 RIBA International Emerging Architect prize. Now on his own, Utrabo sees his work as a means to connect people and imagine the future through sustainable and inclusive approaches. The projects are a brilliant optimism - the Children's Village, the Restaurant in a Garden. A next new world.

 "The precision of structure is what gives the building its lightness"

This edition presents fourteen recent works, from private houses, a public market, and a cultural centre, to shading structures and children’s villages in the jungle. Includes an interview with the architect. 

Sophie Taeuber-Arp : Album
Jana Teuscher, IvoryPress, 2021, 108 p, ills bw, 38 x 28 cm, hb, English, slip cover, $148, boards over cover stock.
This photo album facsimile edition presents forty-seven works by Sophie Taeuber-Arp in the fields of applied arts and interior design, which the artist compiled around 1930. There several new titles on Taeuber-Arp to coincide with the opening of her show in NYC. This is certainly the bravest and most singular.

Interior photos printed on stiff board, showing the gallery and installation and pieces from the 1916-1930 - marionettes, furniture, textiles.



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