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Architecture

The Umbrella-ist: ‘The Gentle Author’ – the man behind London's Spitalfields Life blog

Posted on 01 June 2018 at 07:30 by Elliott Lewis-George in Architecture

Since August 2009, the anonymous ‘Gentle Author’ has spent every day documenting east London on his Spitalfields Life blog. From profiling the capital’s oldest fireman to exploring Old Street’s strip of fried chicken shops, this mysterious writer shares many of the same in... Read more

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Style

“I like clothes where form follows function” – Richard Illingworth of Hawkwood Mercantile talks to Umbrella

Posted on 04 May 2018 at 07:42 by By Anthony Teasdale, Editor, Umbrella magazine in Style

There’s something very modern about clothes brand Hawkwood Mercantile. With an aesthetic that takes in both military clothing and technical outerwear, it’s managed to become a leading player in menswear without a bricks-and-mortar store or flashy website. Instead,... Read more

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Design

Govbins: discover the Instagram account about the UK’s wheelie bins

Posted on 19 April 2018 at 07:57 by Anthony Teasdale in Design

Instagram can get pretty niche, but nothing can beat the #Govbins account, whose purpose is to record the designs of the UK's wheelie bins. Here, we talk to its founder, Harry Trimble about bin design, council crests and why Liverpool’s bins are purple. Hi Harry! How did ... Read more

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Design

Dark Side: the story of Hipgnosis, the kings of album cover design

Posted on 06 April 2018 at 07:43 by By Anthony Teasdale, Editor, Umbrella magazine in Design

It’s March 1, 1973. You’re walking from back from the record shop with a copy of Pink Floyd’s new album Dark Side Of The Moon in a plastic bag. After a little too long waiting at the bus stop – this is the ’70s after all – your double-... Read more

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Architecture

‘The most monumental railway station in Europe’: Tim Parks on Milano Centrale

Posted on 09 March 2018 at 07:46 by Tim Parks in Architecture

Milano Centrale is one of the great railway stations of Europe, but as Tim Parks notes, its classical splendour is now compromised by the detritus of modern day capitalism If coming to Milan I get off my Interregionale at Lambrate, returning I board whatever train I take at Cent... Read more

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