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Entries from August 2010

five vintage phones that’ll make you wish you still had a landline.

August 30th, 2010 · 2 Comments

I’ve always been a little bit obsessed with phones — but I come by it honestly, my grandfather and my uncle both worked for Bell Atlantic at one point in their lives (I think my aunt might have even worked as an old-fashioned phone operator, too). Growing up I somehow convinced my parents that it would behoove their […]

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Tags: design · modern objects · out-of-print

furniture trend spotlight: cane-backed chairs.

August 30th, 2010 · Comments Off on furniture trend spotlight: cane-backed chairs.

MF5, Branco & Preto, 1953 The evolution of design aesthetic is a funny thing. There is a natural time table for revitilization, an internal clock of sorts, that dictates when an old trend can possibly survive in a new and modern environment. This year, while walking around ICFF, it was quite clear that the 1950s […]

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August 30th, 2010 · Comments Off on snog

Ever since My Fair Lady, I’ve been semi-obsessed with British slang. So, last weekend when I ended up at the Brooklyn Flea, these immediately caught my eye in the A.S.I.S booth.

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Tags: design · interiors · travel

spare part art.

August 27th, 2010 · 1 Comment

James Corbett, a sculptor from Ningi, Queensland, Australia first discovered his talent while working at an auto recycling business in Brisbane.  Using antique car parts, Corbett now creates fascinating large-scale sculptures that sell for thousands and thousands of dollars…and understandably so!  The complexity and originality behind these pieces is quite astounding.

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post-WWII industrial design catalogs from itis edition.

August 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Lovers of vintage books, prints, and posters; purveyors of bygone eras; and collectors of rarities will drop to their knees over Itis Edition. The Taiwan-based shop sells gently aged post-WWII industrial design books, catalogs, magazines, card sets, and manuals that also happen to be graphic design eye candy.  These are my favorites . . .    Above: The 35th Annual of […]

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Tags: architecture · art · design · out-of-print · paper goods · trends

extreme luxury: the fur hammock by BLESS.

August 25th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Above: Fur Hammock by BLESS — $ 12350.00 Yes, I realize the use of fur for commercial purposes is frowned upon. But it’s also a personal choice, and I’m not about to criticize. The unfortunate reality is that animal fur is undeniably tactile and warm, and I can’t help but look at this fur hammock by BLESS and imagine the softest […]

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Tags: animals · design · modern objects

missing missy: lost in translation.

August 24th, 2010 · 7 Comments

If you have any sort of appreciation for passive aggressive humor, then you’ll enjoy this hilarious email chain between two coworkers. And a big thank you to Ryan for sharing it with me! Enjoy! And so it begins . . . Shannon (the secretary) has lost her cat and has asked David (the graphic designer) […]

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shoe the bear’s modern saddle shoe.

August 24th, 2010 · 5 Comments

I rather like Shoe The Bear‘s interpretation of the classic saddle shoe for ladies. I couldn’t find a materials list, but it looks like the shoes are made of suede (upper) and wrapped leather (lower). Each season, the Denmark-based shoe company collaborates with a new designer or artist to keep things fresh and interesting. For its Spring/Summer 2011 line, it […]

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Tags: design · fashion · street culture

Ork Posters!

August 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on Ork Posters!

I am obsessed with typography and letterpress. They cover plenty of walls in my home. Ork Posters designs neighborhood posters for your hometown or your present town or your future town. I love them. With a couple unrelated “town” designs like Heart and Brain, Ork Posters creates a design savvy (and economical) way to cover […]

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Tags: art · artists · design · interiors · paper goods · Uncategorized

pendleton blankets.

August 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on pendleton blankets.

  Shown: Glacier National Park Blanket in White and Chief Joseph Blanket in Navy. Is it too early to start making my Christmas list? This year I am definitely asking for a Pendleton blanket.

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