CATALOGUED: An Obsession with Collection

I admit it: I am an internet stalker. It’s an insatiable hunger that manifests in a bursting mental file cabinet of partial facts and missing links. I read somewhere that because of the internet, we are retaining less and less information. For instance, how many of you would actually remember your best friend’s birthday if not for facebook? (guilty over here). Because of the way we mentally parse information, I find that my digital stalking has created an unanticipated hunger for catalogs.

The catalog has it all. (Especially when you’re trying to keep track of too many things.) Things in all shapes and sizes, different colors, and an endless sea of choices. My guilty pleasures are the Blick/Utrecht/Pearl art catalogs! Or even better, a physical catalog of Gummi bears and jelly beans, or good heavens, a 64-box of crayons.

While I am trying to not be a hoarder of mail order print catalogs, this week I was inspired to take a look at other ways of cataloging information. I came up with my own Metric Mini-log of notable catalogs:


95 Spring St., 2nd Floor, SOHO

From Kiosk, I now own the best bottle stopper/opener, German hand cream, Japanese pencils, and Swedish felt shoe inserts! The wares for sale are by no means comprehensive, in fact, they are considerately curated, from far off designer-y places, and make you feel like you found something way cooler than what everyone else has got.


PostlerFerguson – WonderBoxes

Ian Ferguson graduated from MIT Architecture, lived in Venice Beach before it became fashionable again, and then decided to move to London, attend the Royal College of Art, and become an industrial designer. With fellow RCA grad Martin Postler, the pair created a beautiful series of display cases that housed 3-d, laser cut paper objects. These “things” were a glimpse into the designer’s diverse set of interests and muses. Also check out their AK-47 kit. Rendered in paper, it’s really a beautiful thing.


Carson Salter – Cambridge Book

While many of us weren’t around for the days of Cambridge Architectural Books (that’s right, an architecture bookstore in Cambridge), a few of us are lucky enough to know about Carson and Sandeep’s book consultancy. They have some interesting reads — thing’s I’ve never heard of, but Carson can tell you all about it.


 Cabinet Magazine

I *love* this magazine.

Feltron Report


Some of you probably heard about Nicholas Feltron and his personal annual report on an episode of TAL. The obsessive collecting, organizing, and recording of everything Nicholas does in one year is a novel way to think of a biography or autobiography. What happens when we taken written things and make them visual?

Philipp Schaerer – BuildBauten

Believe it or not, these are not 3-D models or renderings. They are photoshopped images created by architect and ex-HdM employee Philipp Schaerer. I first saw these a couple of years ago and was floored by how many different textures Philipp had in his personal catalog. These weren’t created from a materials library and mapping: in fact, Philipp’s way more old-fashioned; he put these all together in photoshop, by hand, from his own photos and homemade swatches



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