All posts tagged: Design

Cover Story VII – Analog Africa

Analog Africa releases unusual African music from the 70s, music with a certain twist that will surprise you or that you didn’t expect to hear from Africa, and that often had a strong impact on its country of origin. Frequently these recordings – all fully licensed – were never released outside Africa before. Considerable importance is also placed on detailed liners notes telling unusual stories about unusual musicians, complete with rare photographs, interviews and full discographies. Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb was born in Carthage, Tunisia, to a Tunisian father and a German mother. He was brought up in many different countries, such as Sweden, Tunisia and Austria, and is now based in Frankfurt, Germany. The idea of the label started in November 1999 when he came across a recording by the Green Arrows whilst digging for vinyl records in Zimbabwe. He was so captured by what he heard that in October 2001 he set up Analog Africa, his first project being a compilation by the Green Arrows. Apart from running Analog Africa, Ben Redjeb has …

The Gates of Satwa

Walking the busy streets of Satwa is a unique experience. But turn a corner down a different direction to usual, and you’ll find yourself in the back streets. Cycling these back streets is a different experience altogether. [Originally published on I’m Not A Fiend] From the urban neon lights of Satwa Road and Al Diyafah, just seconds later you feel transported to a sandy village. One storey buildings as far as the eye can see, dusty palm trees, and scrawny cats that eye you up and down from the top of a dumpster. Cockerels crow and goats bleat from behind fences. Who lives in these ramshackle abodes is an eternal mystery to me. In many, it seems to all be men, up to twenty. What are their lives like? It’s another world, and it’s right under our noses. This is Satwa still though, and commerce remains a dominant fixture. Only now it’s nothing but bakeries, tiny grocery stores, and the odd building supplies shop, whose supplies seem to have remained toppled up in the dusty shelves for …

Designs for city cyclists

Top of the list. The bicycle coffee cup holder Swedish bicycle accessory brand Bookman has created a cup holder that snaps onto handlebars so city bikers can cycle with their takeaway coffees. The Bookman cup holder is constructed out of two rings and a steel spring, completely free of screws and glue. “The Cup Holder sits firmly in place never losing grip even during rides over bumps and potholes,” said Bookman. The rings are different sizes so cyclists can flip the cup holder over depending on whether they ordered a small or large drink. The cup holder comes with a little storage cube that fits inside the spring, holding the two rings together to keep it neat and tidy when not in use. It is available in black, white, red and green. These magnetic bicycle lights by Copenhagen Parts turn on as soon as they come into contact with the steel frame. The magnets mean it’s easier to take the lights with you when leaving the bike chained up and also enable them to be …

Pavilion: Café and Art Centre

Pavilion is a Dubai staple, you can’t live in the city without spending more than a bit of time here.  A café and art space combined with a good menu of light bites, decent work spaces (and internet connection) and shisha for that after dinner relaxation Middle East style if you head here for supper or a private view. The space has regularly changing art exhibitions curated by The Third Line along with screenings of art and cult films. They also run workshops like the interesting idea of Saturday night writing… If you have some writing to do… do it on Saturday night at Pavilion, if you don’t have any writing to do… well head to pavilion anyway and they can set you some writing exercises! The Pavilion is a lovely idea – a non profit art space that furnishes the Emirates with a place to discuss and see artworks by local and international artists, whilst also hosting a diverse range of interesting events, providing a platform for the growing and active arts community. With …