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We created the Isolation Diaries over four months ago, as a way to keep motivated and inspired during our lockdown. After a whopping 23 volumes on our own, we teamed up for a content collaboration with LA-based architects LOHA to bring you a special global perspective, where we take a look at what people are reading, watching, making, and listening to—across continents.

Clear Design Insolation Diaries Volume25 Reading

Author Richard Powers—famed for exploring themes like technology and isolation well before it was all we talked about—speaks about the relevance of his 2018 novel The Overstory in this interview with GQ. From the same sass-mouthed author who taught you how to not give a… comes a new book about wisdom, happiness, and hope. We’re also continuing on with the surrealism inspiration with Exquisite Corpse: Writings on Buildings.

Clear Design Insolation Diaries Volume25 Watching

The incredible Tom Sachs is back this week to educate us on his studio’s precise, finite, non-negotiable color palette. We do not stray from the color code. We’ve been checking out Fringe, the iconic sci-fi drama from J.J. Abrams. We also do not stray (at least, not too far) from the television genre—so we’re also enjoying Ridley Scott’s TV debut Raised by Wolves, a post-apocalyptic tale set on a mysterious planet.

Clear Design Insolation Diaries Volume25 Making

The current climate is not exactly conducive to relaxation, so it can be nice to check in and create a mindful space for yourself. The Chikuseiko Bamboo Charcoal incense is a subtle, earthy scent that brings the good feelings back. This weekend you’ll find us making this fresh, spicy Aguachile for cocktail hour. And we’re recreating one of our favourite beetroot haloumi salads in the hopes that we might have some leftovers for lunch.

Clear Design Insolation Diaries Volume25 Listening

Saint Cloud—the fifth solo album of Katie Crutchfield, who performs as Waxahatchee—has been playing on repeat, soothing our ears and souls ‘like a long conversation on a road trip with a friend’. Midtown 120 Blues, an immersive album by DJ Sprinkles, aka Terre Thaemlitz, is an exploration of house music itself, its story and significance to communities. And Japanese electone player Shigeo Sekito inspires with The Word II.

In memory of Stephen James Breakell, 1959—2020

Related Project — Isolation Diaries, Volume 24