The look, feel and functionality of the modern American office can be traced back to the work of one woman. Florence Knoll Bassett, whom Architectural Record called the “single most powerful figure in modern design,” died at 101 on January 25. In the early 20th century, offices consisted of rows of dark, heavy desks and chairs, with the executive desk angled toward an office door. Knoll, who believed that a building’s interior was as important as its exterior, introduced an office aesthetic based on function. She interviewed people about how they did their job so they could do it efficiently and comfortably. She then went on to design products like the Model 1500 series, a desk that allowed drawers and cabinets to be added to the frame based on need. The press coined a term for her “humanist interpretation of European modernism”: the “Knoll Look.” Her clients included CBS, Connecticut General, Alcoa, and the University of Michigan, and … [Read more...] about How Florence Knoll helped America sell the world on capitalism
Just a decade ago, “socialism” was a dirty word in American politics. Debates over its merits were mostly limited to obscure blogs, niche magazines and political parties on the other side of the Atlantic. But more recently Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a handful of other politicians have breathed new life into the label, injecting a radical alternate vision for the U.S. economy into the mainstream political debate. Ahead of the midterms, politicians like Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib, and Kansas’ James Thompson have proudly held up their endorsements from Democratic Socialists of America, the country’s largest socialist group, whose numbers have swelled since Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. For Fox News viewers, it’s the stuff of nightmares—not to mention that skittish Democrats fear alienating swing voters more comfortable with their party’s post-Lyndon B. Johnson incrementalism. According to a poll … [Read more...] about What Would a Socialist America Look Like?
Once the honeymoon period comes to its natural end and homesickness hits, however, the reality of living and working in the capital kicks in. The language barrier, the competition for low-paid work, and the harsh winters in this transit city – where friends come and go – can dampen the love affair. The Local spoke to six expats who left Berlin in the last decade. Young, wide-eyed, and filled with wanderlust, they were drawn to the creative buzz, startup scene, and cheap living costs, but ultimately fell out of love with the city. Scraping by for a living Katya Petrova went to Berlin in pursuit of an creative career, but ended up doing a total of 19 different paid jobs here. Photo: Private. Katya Petrova, a self-described “urban explorer,” moved to Berlin in 2011 after completing three creative arts degrees in the UK. At the age of 25, she came to the city with a dream to work in a creative field by day and party by night. “I was young, naïve, … [Read more...] about Breaking up with Berlin: why expats fall out of love with the German capital
Mary Hanbury, provided by Published 11:23 am PDT, Thursday, August 30, 2018 Dollar General is bucking the retail trend and expanding rapidly in the United States. It plans to open 900 new stores by the end of the year. The retailer is capitalizing on a growing trend toward more cost-conscious shopping. It offers prices that are 20% to 40% lower than grocery and drug stores. less Dollar General is bucking the retail trend and expanding rapidly in the United States. It plans to open 900 new stores by the end of the year. The retailer is capitalizing on a growing trend toward more ... more Photo: AP Click ahead to view new store openings in 2018.Dollar General: 900 store openingsSource: Company reports Click ahead to view new store openings in 2018. Dollar General: 900 store openings Source: Company reports Photo: Brian Killian Dollar Tree: 320 … [Read more...] about Dollar General is dominating in America. Here’s how it keeps its prices so low. (DG)
By: Dr Matthew Partridge 30/08/2018 Since 2009, the US economy has enjoyed an unusually long expansion, while stocks have risen across the world. But is it now time to prepare for the next recession? Matthew Partridge investigates. We’ve had a long, hot summer that has felt endless at times. Some people feel the same way about the overheating US economy and stockmarket. The S&P 500 index last week set a record for a bull market – a period of rising stock prices without a 20% decline. The upswing that began in March 2009 has surpassed the previous record of 3,452 days, set between October 1990 and March 2000. The US economy is also in historic territory. The post-crisis rebound has lasted for 38 quarters, just shy of the all-time record of 40 (March 1991-March 2001), as measured by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The Bureau’s analysis spans the last 164 years, during which the average economic expansion has lasted for 39 months. So this … [Read more...] about America parties on – but it won’t be able to avoid the hangover