3.31.2011

Hot pants

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Incredible embroidered shorts from the 1975 book American Denim.
I always think that's Cindy Sherman at the top.

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3.29.2011

de-hacked

Our blog is finally de-hacked after being hacked by diabolical cyber shitheads for the past three weeks. You may have noticed a change in template along with a load of crappy advertisements. But all is better now- the hackers have been exterminated and we're finally able to access our blog. During our frustrating 25 days in the Purgatory Hell that is the  Blogger Help Forum we did notice a load of recent hacking instances, so if you're on Blogger and want to avoid that (you totally do) we suggest you regularly change your passwords, sign out, export your blog, and say a prayer because people are still waiting to have their blogs unhacked after months and months.




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3.24.2011

Halftone Tree

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1970's screenprint of a tree. Believe it or not this is from the office of Al Goldstein, editor of Screw magazine. A few years ago there were a couple of guys selling his stuff off at the 26th St. flea market. (This photomural also).
Happy Arbor Day!

and I think that's a halftone eagle in the background.





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3.23.2011

Fantastic Mr. Fox in your wardrobe.

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Peter Gabriel fronting Genesis, 1973

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And happy retirement Phil Collins! (it's about time).
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3.18.2011

Spring fever!

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3.17.2011

Modern and Hippie Modern

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In Islamorada. More here and here.
We've always loved that top one, but the wood, overgrown tropicalia, and wraparound porch of the bottom are awesome.
And I'm calling it Hippie Modern, but with boat in the front yard and the Corvette in the carport you could just as easily call it Kenny Powers Modern. Or just Kenny Powers' house, I guess. When did that become my style? uh oh!

related (and on the same street):

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3.16.2011

The Four Seasons

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Linda and I were at a neighborhood yard sale a couple years ago, and though there was nothing at this lady's driveway setup, it did make for a neat photo, especially with the amazing Japanese maple. So I asked, "Do you mind if I take a picture? Your Japanese maple is really beautiful."  The woman was so excited to hear this she said "Oh please do! But wait- let me show you something and also wait til I shut the garage door before you take the picture." Then she proudly came out to show us these portraits of her tree in each of the four seasons, taken from the same spot in her driveway. I thought this was so great. Sometimes the best things at yard sales are things you can't buy. No, I'm kidding. but I love that she loved her tree so much.


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3.14.2011

8 Time Champion

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Old stock Champion t-shirts from a thrift shop.
I think the little stapled card tags dates them to the mid-70's.


Related: old stock iron-on letters from the Ft. Lauderdale flea market last month.
Eight "If dogs run free, why not we?" t-shirts? why not?!

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3.12.2011

Koyo Okada's Mt. Fuji

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Koyo Okada's Mt. Fuji. 1959

"I have photographed the mountain more than 150,000 times,
but I fear that I have still not exhausted all its possibilities."

Cover design and layout by Ryuichi Yamashiro
Published by Charles E. Tuttle Co.

Japan, you are in our hearts.




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3.11.2011

B

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A small scale prototype floor design (of the letter "B") for a restaurant interior, 2002.
The miniature version was made to see that it would look good in the large scale. It did, but unfortunately there was a flood a week after we finished and it had to all be pulled up and replaced with carpeting. However the little version got some walls and a mantle and lived on as a room for Linda's doll.

Below, the design in the restaurant's hall, before polyurethaning (when the wood became richer looking, like above)

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3.10.2011

Getting layered...

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The wall above the desk: three years ago (top) and now.
The New York poster added two years ago, then the Natural High thing last year. This year I'm predicting a postcard tucked into the poster frame. Or a sticker.

The two purple vinyl-and-wool Eames chairs are from two different yard sales, a couple years apart, but both are marked on the bottom "Maine Savings Bank...1974". I suppose when the bank went out of business the employees took their chairs, luckily for us.


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3.07.2011

Vintage Nike Poster and St. Elmo's Fire.

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Vintage Nike Poster (framed under glass) from a thrift shop in Miami.
Judd Nelson's apartment in St. Elmo's Fire, 1985.
There must be a way we can scan the poster and print it out to do the same thing.

I'm not sure what the story is behind the Nike photo, but I think it may be a still from a filmed commercial. I kind of remember it, and there was something about the pose of the guy in the white tank top mimicking a Roman sculpture, maybe. (If anybody knows...)

Being that I had to sit through St. Elmo's fire to get that still, I might as well post Emilio Estevez & Andrew McCarthy's Godardian apartment, which is a little more up our alley...


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3.06.2011

Ingmar Bergman's note-scrawled cabinet

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Which is what my laptop is looking like, with the daily scribblings of our new usernames and passwords.
Thanks a lot, hacker.


Aside from that, Bergman's estate was put on the block in 2009 by the Swedish auction house Bukowskis. Going through the catalog you can see what a well-heeled Scandinavian house should be furnished with. Not just the obvious designers- and actually there was no Aalto- but lesser known Nordic furniture makers and craftsmen, most everything in shades of wood and white.

Two favorites:
One of two Bruno Mathsson Pernilla 69 lounge chairs:
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and a 1960's glass sculpture by Goran Waarf for Kosta.

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Definitely check out the catalog, and the rest of Bukowskis back catalogs. The photos get incredibly huge (for the absentee bidders) so it's an excellent resource for your reference libraries.

Ingmar Bergman's estate at Bukowskis




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3.04.2011

The Cobra-Ferrari Wars 1963-1965 by Michael Shoen

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All images from The Cobra-Ferrari Wars 1963-1965 by Michael Shoen (1st edition, 1990). The quintessential book on the 1960's battles between Cobra and Ferrari for the GT World Championships.
I found this at a thrift shop a few months ago and it hasn't been far out of reach since. It's amazing.

Related, a vintage 60's Carter's jacket found around the same time.



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