Monthly Archives: July 2010

Organic Cotton

Cotton has a long history of being an immensely destructive crop, both ecologically and culturally, from its integral role in inciting the massive slave trade between Africa and the U.S. Colonies, to its current boast as one of the most environmentally disruptive crops on the planet.

African American workers in a cotton field. (Image courtesy of Voices Education Project)

African American cotton workers. (Image courtesy of Voices Education Project)

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Giò Ponti

Gio Ponti's Dormitio Poltrona chair.

Dormitio Poltrona chair designed by Gio Ponti.

It’s hard to believe that an architecture style can be dominant for 100s of years, especially one that was based on the ideas of Classic Rome. But this was the case with Palladian Neo-Classicism. Named for Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), and characterized by symmetrical monumentality with Classic detailing. This is what architecture was, and this is how it was taught to Giò Ponti (1891-1979) at Milan Polytechnic in the early 1900’s. Lucky for us tides were about to turn and Gio Ponti was a true original.

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Heirloom Tomatoes

For the tomato lover, the produce aisle during summer months is as tempting as the window of a jewelry store. Rows of rainbow-hued globes of all shapes and sizes sparkle and wink from wooden crates. Shades of red, orange, yellow and brown. Tiger-striped green and ghostly white. Large, lumpy and bumpy. Diminutive ones the size of the tip of a finger. An endless variety of mismatched tomatoes, fresh off the vine from nearby farms, tempting the knowing connoisseur with the enviable title of heirloom.

Heirloom tomato. (Image courtesy of Oui Chef Cook)

Heirloom tomato ready for the eating. (Image courtesy of Oui Chef Cook)

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