Archives for August 2008 | A Continuous Lean. - Page 3

Obsession | 20th Century American Residential Architecture

Aug 13th, 2008 | Categories: Americana, Design | by Michael Williams

Kit homes and mail order architecture is a different sort of homogenization than what is happening in suburban America today. During the period of the early 1900s to the 1960s, America was a beautiful hodgepodge of architecture styles, from the midwest’s Prairie school to the beautiful American Craftsman homes of the west coast. The era was also influenced by a series of different mail order architecture from companies like Sears, Bilt-Well Homes, Bennett Better Built, Aladdin and a variety of others. While I am not an architectural expert, I am a known seeker of nostalgia and it is easy to appreciate the American residential landscape from a simpler time.

An interesting and informative reference of 20th century American residential architecture can be seen at Antique Home.

Below: A 1920s Bennett Kit Bungalow, The Lancaster Model near Buffalo, NY.

From the Desk of…

Aug 12th, 2008 | Categories: From the Desk of... | by Michael Williams

From the Desk of… is a window into the world and workspace of some of ACL’s most stylish friends.

Aside from being the first woman featured in this space, Brett Lally is a talented designer, artist, muscle car enthusiast and all around great gal. Ms. Lally spends her days working in design at Supreme.


Aug 12th, 2008 | Categories: Linkage | by Michael Williams

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  • DETAILS gets all Charlie Rose with three American menswear juggernauts | [Youtube via Selectism] [Pictured]
  • Ad agencies fight to tell the world that they are actually cooler than Donald Draper and I’m not buying it | [The New York Times]
  • It’s a wrap on the American shopping mall. Small tear down my face | [Good Magazine]
  • Did Ralph Lauren embarrass America with its massive Olympic Polo logo? | [Gawker via Kempt]
  • Is it too soon to start thinking about Shetland sweaters? | [Bulldog]

Closed Mondays.

Aug 11th, 2008 | Categories: Random | by Michael Williams

That’s what Reference Library likes to say and I think it is appropriate just for today. There are lots of things other than ACL demanding my attention this stormy day. I should be back up and running tomorrow.

In the meantime, check out all the fun stuff at The Material Review or Jeff’s killer Radiohead timelapse or Rich Girls from The Virgins or What Would Don Draper Do? or my semi-killer Pending Doom timelapse.'s Fall Trends

Aug 8th, 2008 | Categories: Men's wear, Style | by Michael Williams

One general objective of A Continuous Lean is to try to avoid the reblog. With ACL I try to bring a unique perspective, to cover new and different products, companies, things, objects, interweb destinations. That said, I couldn’t avoid posting something on the superb Fall 2008 trend reports. As I toggled through I saw favorite thing after favorite thing and made some new discoveries along the way. The only change I would have made in the whole feature was Schlitz being listed as the working man’s beer — in my book that honor is held by none other than the “Champagne of Beers” Miller High Life or even Rolling Rock.

All in all, kudos to team for putting together a killer feature.

Click the image to go to the page | ACL’s COVERAGE: Workers // Stronghold

The Black Keys at McCarren

Aug 8th, 2008 | Categories: Music, New York City | by Michael Williams

It has been a good music week for me, I saw Cincinnati’s finest The National on Monday at SummerStage, L trained it to Brooklyn last night to see the The Black Keys (Akron, Ohio represent!) at McCarren and this Saturday I have tickets to see Kings of Leon / Radiohead at All Points West.

It is going to be hard for anyone at APW to top The Black Keys last night. How just two guys can create such a powerful and insanely rich (read: fucking loud) sound is baffling to me. Especially considering Dan Auerbach doesn’t use a pick. The performance was one of the best I have seen in a long long time. My photos and videos below.

The Black Keys at McCarren Park Pool | [ACL Flickr]

I Got Mine

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New Cards

Aug 7th, 2008 | Categories: Random | by Michael Williams

I would never miss an opportunity to print a business card. Yesterday my new ACL cards were delivered and I could not resist the urge to share them with you. The cards feature the new ACL logo and give hint to the pending site redesign. Mr. Benjamin Ferencz over at The Design Cooperative took care of the creative and everything turned out amazing. Thanks Ben! I’m sure Tim Bryce and Van Patten would prefer my card to Bateman’s.