Friday, September 3, 2010

Mid-Century UFO lamp.

In my humble, and no doubt wayward opinion.....I think the most exciting time for 'design' was the 50's. World War 2 ended, and the possibilities were seemingly endless.

Andy's Soup!

I've been busy.....mainly with Flickr, in terms of non-work stuff.

I love these limited edition Warhol soup cans from the Warhol museum.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

St. Ferdinand's (1956 midcentury church)

I loved the rather 30's 'fascist' lines of this church, near Belmont on the northwest side of Chicago.
This gem is from 1956!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

new '58 Mirro pieces

When Ebay, Etsy, and estate sales converge.....wacky fun.

Monday, August 24, 2009

1958 MIRRO serving dish

I love the atomic feel of the 1958-60 ' of this collection, of which there were tons of items. Intended as 'high end hostess gifts'.
Brushed aluminum and teak.
Wonderfully silly, and stylish at the same time.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Random 80's 'Smiths' album/single covers

Graphic design can be simple, direct, and beautiful.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Oscar Niemeyer

Great book, on a fantastic architect!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

50's Chartreuse fiberglass lamp

'Found Objects' bringing a little bit of joy in these tense times.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Starck building in Tokyo

In Tokyo, last fall, I shot this Philippe Starck building. The locals refer it it as 'the Golden Poo building'. which is quite funny, actually the 'poo' is a flame, manufactured by a company in Japan that makes submarines.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Sputnik Table Lamp

I've obviously got a soft spot for 'vintage nuclear' inspired design. On another note, North Korea's clumsy, child-like posturing seems just as over-the-top and silly as a 1950's lamp. But the net results are quite different. 

The best design, at first glance, seems strange and dangerous. The same qualities in a 'failed state' inspire panic. Truth be told, the 'Eames Era' was just as terrifying as it is now, though it was more under the radar.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Classic Art Deco Space

As I've said before, in my humble opinion, THE quintessential nadir of Art Deco, was the French liner Normandie. And the premier space on the ship was the 1st class dining room. Longer, and larger than the 'hall of mirrors' at Versailles, this room had more Lalique and Christophe than can be imagined.
I think the 'unsung' heroes of architecture, are Naval Architects. The Normandie, was the stylistic equivalent of the Chrysler building.....except that it was capable of traveling 35 miles an hour. Amazing

Thursday, May 21, 2009

1958 Cadillac Brochure

I've got this great '58 Cadillac brochure. Love the steely 'I've got money, get over it!' look of the
icey blond on the cover. The interior fabric options were crazy cool.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The future of our security?

For the first time ever, the U.S. military has purchased unmanned aircraft, over piloted planes.
With this technology, I wonder if we can avoid having toddler's shot and killed in their homes by wayward drug dealers.

Friday, May 15, 2009


The master of irony, and his vapid, gorgeous icon of the '60's.
I can't think of anything that epitomizes 'cool' more than Andy and Edie.

More important than Picasso, or Marcel Duchamp? I think so. And more relevant and 'timeless' 

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Yep, another crazy Jetson's lamp

I've found tons of 'eames era' lamps, but this one, is one of those design objects, that looks as if it landed on Earth from a distant planet. Streamlined / Atomic / somewhat silly.....all the ingredients that make for a good looking lamp.