Hipster schlager. In Bavarian dialect. Made in Germany.

Happy Oktoberfest!

Name-dropping German newspapers, talking about the freezing levels of Malaysian air-conditioning… the Monocle team was a hospitable and light-hearted lot.

This fruitful encounter was photographed by Jun Kit.

First image shows Karstadt, a German department store.
Second image shows Lim Lean Teng Mansions, a very old commercial building with car showrooms.

First image shows Karstadt, a German department store.

Second image shows Lim Lean Teng Mansions, a very old commercial building with car showrooms.

Yet another flashback-style ad by Petronas. I wonder why Malaysians are so fixated with the past. Can’t we dream about the future for a change?
Watch the TVC here.

Yet another flashback-style ad by Petronas. I wonder why Malaysians are so fixated with the past. Can’t we dream about the future for a change?

Watch the TVC here.

Hello there, I think I have found the building you were looking for: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2008/09/close-reading-l.html

Apparently it had a revamp after you last saw it. I think the original design looks really grim. Today it’s an art museum.

saul-white:

@pfrsch
Q: Hello, have you found out what building it was?

A: Not yet. I remember us walking from Battery Park back to our Hotel in 5th Ave. I remember the building I photographed as “modern” 70’s style, concrete colored (I’d say it was pure concrete, no paint on it), lean bauhaus / cubistic style - rounded edges. No Windows, but ventilation grids. The building drew my attention because it didn’t fit in it’s environment - Manhattan is filled with historic buildings, mostly with classic facades. This concrete building just did not fit in it’s surroundings.

I’m sure would recognize it, if I see a picture.

Addition:
We were walking on the left sidewalk from Battery Park towards Central Park. The building was across the street on the right - the guard had to cross the lanes. There wasn’t so much traffic, which leads me to think we were neither on Broadway, nor 5th Ave but on a parallel street. I remember some details, but it’s hard to make a picture out of it. Humans are unreliable witnesses…
from saul-white

In this layout, I did something different by using coloured bars in replacement of a numbering system. Quite neat, no?

New Creative Director, new art direction. The overlapping text on border look is outdated, though.

New Creative Director, new art direction. The overlapping text on border look is outdated, though.

Continuing my ‘A Visual Inventory' series is this pairing of grey forms and a traditional tea time snack. Image on the left shows architectural details of Wisma Bumi Raya (Grand Earth building), a high-rise office on Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur. Image on the right is a side view of kuih ketayap, desiccated coconut mixed with palm sugar, rolled in a coloured crêpe.

Continuing my ‘A Visual Inventory' series is this pairing of grey forms and a traditional tea time snack. Image on the left shows architectural details of Wisma Bumi Raya (Grand Earth building), a high-rise office on Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur. Image on the right is a side view of kuih ketayap, desiccated coconut mixed with palm sugar, rolled in a coloured crêpe.

You know something’s no longer ‘unique’ when it is seen in a fast food outlet.

You know something’s no longer ‘unique’ when it is seen in a fast food outlet.