December 5th, 2013 (Photos & Text: © Oliver Lins)
Galata was a neighborhood in Constantinople, located at the northern shore of the Golden Horn, the inlet which separates it from the historic peninsula of old Constantinople. The famous Galata Tower was built by the Genoese in 1348 at the northernmost and highest point of the citadel. Today, Galata is a quarter within the borough of Beyoğlu in Istanbul, and is known as Karaköy.
A walk through this impressive, history-charged part of town let’s you guess and perceive the many changes it went through over the past 1500 years. It would be presumptuous to claim such a rich place for certain societies only. Though the current trend, where the chic and stylish supersede long time residents in certain valuable city areas is a worldwide symptom, in the case of Karaköy it even weighs more.
Hopefully the extraordinary charm which this neighborhood emits will be around for many more decades to come. Bring good shoes and stamina – you will need both to climb the steep slopes which spiral through Galata town.
See also our related post: Istanbul – From Dusk Till Dawn
November 15th, 2013 (Photos & Text: © Oliver Lins)
Once you step foot into this heavenly store, your senses will confirm that you did the right thing. It is great to see that some things have their own paste and this is especially valuable, in a city like New York where certain things just change too fast these days. We congratulate the Russ Family to the forthcoming anniversary. They are running this impressive oasis of taste for nearly 100 years now.
Joel Russ, an Eastern European immigrant who arrived in New York in 1907, started this business with a pushcart to cater pickled herring and Polish Mushrooms to the throngs of Jewish immigrants who settled-in on the Lower East Side. In 1914 “J. Russ International Appetizers” was opened up just around the corner of the current location to then move to 179 Houston Street in 1920. When his 3 daughters Hattie, Ida and Anne became partners, he renamed his business to “Russ & Daughters”.
Categories: General, Typography
November 7th, 2013 (Photos & Text: © Oliver Lins)
Today New York’s Times Square is a gigantic commercial intersection, a brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District and one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections. It is a major center of the world’s entertainment industry, located in Midtown Manhattan at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. “Longacre Square” as it was once called, got renamed to Times Square in 1904, by a proclamation of Mayor George B. McClellan, Jr. at the urging of Adolph Ochs, the owner and publisher of the New York Times. The northern end later became “Duffy Square”.
After Rudy Giuliani’s “disneyfication” and commercialization of Times Square (in fact the whole city), we find it hard to still feel the energy and athmospare it once radiated back in the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s, where hustlers, artists, musicians, whores and New Yorkers of all sorts and coleur populated the square and surrounding streets, theaters, clubs, peep shows and bars. New Mayor Bill De Blasio who will take office in January 2014, seems like the right choice, being the contrary to Mike Bloomberg who marked the end of a 20 year republican domination where money stood above all.
October 18th, 2013
“For All” – an Olex sub-label for designed consumer goods – presents the first series of t-shirts called “Deal of the day”. Available starting Saturday, October 19th at the URBAN FOXXES & Friends pop up shop from 11 am — 5 pm at the Feldhotel in Feldkirch (For more information visit Facebook.com/urbanfoxxes). The designs on the t-shirts are unique hand painted typographic motives from around the globe customized by “For All”.
Categories: Fashion, General, Olex, Typography
October 3rd, 2013 (Photos & Text: © Oliver Lins)
This feisty little beast is the first model of Steyr’s jubilee series and has been built between 1960 and 1966. It boosts a diesel engine with 28 horsepower and runs on two cylinders. Austrian-based manufacturer Steyr-Daimler-Puch also offered a sister model featuring mountain gearing. What a beauty. Today’s farmers would be advised to rethink – among other things – the excessive use of oversized, over-weight and over-powered monster tractors. Our soil and future generations would be thankful.
Categories: Design, General, Technology, Typography
September 24th, 2013 (Photos & Text: © Oliver Lins)
Vienna offers very interesting retail storefront views which span through many decades. Just like it’s architecture has to a considerable part been spared from destruction during those World Wars, so have business facades and a respectable number of shops. Unfortunately this does not apply to some of the people who successfully ran viennese retail before World War II.
In this typography series we offer more than just one view on the past. Instead we will show a vivid mix of all kinds of facade letterings and designs reaching back to the first half of the previous century all the way up to this day …