Archive for December, 2010

Che by Félix Beltrán

Friday, December 31st, 2010

This beautiful poster of Che by well known Cuban designer Félix Beltrán was commissioned by the Castro government upon news of Che’s 1967 murder in Bolivia. Soon after Che’s body was found, versions of this poster were produced in a number of different languages for all the embassies in Cuba, while the Spanish-language version lined the streets of Havana on the day of his 1967 memorial parade here. I found this beat-up lithograph original in Havana today; paid a lot, but would have willingly paid more. If I were more superstitious I’d say it portends an excellent 2011, a year with more justice in it.

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!


Saturday, December 25th, 2010


Monday, December 20th, 2010

Happy whatever winter holiday you observe, longest night of the year maybe, or, in the southern hemisphere the longest day, or Christmas, or ‘Holiday‘ or whatever else. Drive safely.

Brown paper packages tied up with string

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

These are a few of my favourite things. Above, a white painted branch with Kraft-paper wrapped gifts is a minimalist advent calendar, by the inventive DIY Brigg from Norway via The Style Files. Below: Simple garland fencing at Axel Vervoordt’s recent Winter Exhibition; photo via Belgian Pearls. Both are from an article at Remodelista on Scandinavian Christmas traditions.

By the way, Ouno is now on Remodelista’s Design Newsstand; have a look under the “Critics and Observers” section (which should probably have been titled something like “Opinionated and Acerbic”). But I’m not the slightest bit bah humbug about this time of year, unless we’re talking about what’s going on at the mall. My holiday wish is for us to stop buying plastic knickknackery and disposable junk from the mega-factories. It just encourages them! It would be so nice if we could buy a lot less, but of much better quality, and make the rest ourselves. The evergreen garland fence below is just brilliant.

Best DIY of 2010: Fence Bench by The Brick House

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Morgan at The Brick House made this beautiful bench from some old fence posts and a pair table legs salvaged from worn vintage side tables. Utterly clever. Entirely recycled.

Charlie or Carlos

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Charlie or Carlos Mexican Food

Charlie or Carlos Mexican Food. Charlie or Carlos, he’s not a purist.

Your average Mexican Tudor pub, Port Coquitlam, B.C.