Ultra Swank - Retro Adventures
Eero Saarinen – Space Age Designer & Architect

Eero Saarinen, originally born in Finland in 1910. Relocated to the United States when his family emigrated there in 1923 where he began to study sculpture and furniture design. Saarinen however pursued his ambition to become an architect, his resume contains over 20 buildings. He’s also the architect behind the two landmark buildings TWA Flight Center at JFK Kennedy Airport in New York and the Dulles...

Roy Lichtenstein – Pop Art Icon

Roy Lichtenstein was a prominent American pop artist. He became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the basic premise of pop art better than any other through parody. Favoring the old-fashioned comic strip as subject matter, Lichtenstein produced hard-edged, precise compositions that documented while it parodied often in a tongue-in-cheek humorous manner. His work was heavily influenced by both popular...

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Another Story
The Cocktail Nation on October 8th, 2017

Podcast #466: Another Story

Mies van der Rohe – The Seagram Building

I have a passion for amazing architecture and iconic buildings (don’t we all?). First up for a short analysis and field-trip is the Seagram building by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, usually just referred to as Mies van der Rohe. Born in Germany in 1886, immigrated to America in the 1930s where he started his career in Chicago as head of the architecture school the...

Movie Recommendations – Part 2
Written by Christopher in Film

Movie Recommendations – Part 2

Been a while since I recommended any movies, so I think we are due for some new ones. Any movie buffs out there have probably seen most of them already, but if you haven’t you have missed out on some great movies. Blowup (1966) Classic British movie about a swinging photographer in London who discovers he has captured a murder of a woman on a...

Voices from a Photograph – Mood music for gloomy days

Voices from a Photograph – Mood music for gloomy days. I have been working on this compilation for quite some time, almost a year in the making. It took time to find songs that fitted both the mood and title of it. The theme for the compilation is mood music for rainy Sundays – meaning melancholic, dreamy vocal pop mixed with instrumental music and songs...

Shopping Spree – Part 6
Written by Christopher in Stores

Shopping Spree – Part 6

Time again for another visit to some various Swedish shopping centers, as they looked back in the golden days of consuming. This time featuring Stockholm and Gothenburg. Do not forget to listen to “Retro Shopping” volume 1 or 2 while looking at the photos for the perfect mood setter....

NK in Malmö – The Nordic Company Department Store

Here are two postcards showing the old NK department store in Malmö, Sweden. NK (Nordiska Kompaniet / The Nordic Company) is one of the oldest merchandise companies in Sweden. The first, and biggest store opened in Stockholm in 1915 and featured Sweden’s first escalators. Soon NK also had stores in Gothenburg and Malmö. The department store in Malmö was opened in 1963, but it was...

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