1.29.2013

Bergen St., 2003

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A few photos from our friend's Bergen St., Brooklyn apartment we did a little on-the-cheap decorating to back in 2003.
Top, gradient radiator: a can of orange and a can of yellow meet in the middle. (Radiators don't need to always be painted silver).
-The painting above the desk sort of mirrors what's going on on the radiator. It's from The Carousel Thrift Shop in Southport, Ct., one of our all time favorites. Old French paperbacks are always a nice prop, and leaning against a stretched Coke bottle makes them a little less pretentieux.
-We painted a black border inside the bedroom walls. Originally this was going to be done with fabric, a la David Hicks, but then I saw a photo of how that withstands time (not so well) and we chose glossy paint.
-We made a custom monogrammed mantle/fireplace to make it a little more homey. This was painted white, but you can see here that it was made from a variety of "street wood". The mirror was a perfect fit, and perfect patina, from an abandoned lot in Brooklyn.
-The door was painted with her apartment number, another idea from Terence Conran's The House Book.






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1.28.2013

Jackson Pollock (esque): off the floor and onto the wall

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This is a Pollock-inspired painting we made a few years ago for a Past/Present project Design Sponge asked us to do. In our mind it was an updated "painted-floorcloth"- based not on a geometric pattern but on the paint-splattered floor of Jackson Pollock's studio. However, it proved to be too wild and off the mark, and we were nixed, but happily left with a pretty close copy of a Pollock to hang on our wall (as the paint flew and it looked more and more like "Lavender Mist" I thought it would be so much better on the wall.)
But as I haven't gotten around to screwing 1x2s together for a stretcher, it's time for somebody else to enjoy it.

House paint, car paint, enamel, latex, acrylic, and oil on canvas.

The canvas is 4'6" x 6', unstretched and unframed.


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(and Happy 101st Birthday Jackson Pollock!)











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1.27.2013

Design Research see-thru briefcase

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...Gimme... 
a family portrait that cool, and a briefcase that awesome.
From Design Research, where everything was cool, even their delivery van.


via a Oui magazine gift guide, 1973






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1.21.2013

Alexander Calder's toilet paper holder

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Speaking of the loo....


from an article on Calder in Portfolio Magazine, 1950







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1.17.2013

"LOO", or "007"

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Either way a large wooden typographic homage to a British Institution.


Related, Peter Greenaway and Alexander Kira's 26 Bathrooms:

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And James Bond's Skyfall:
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Both worth a look.









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1.08.2013

Juergen Teller Go-Sees

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Juergen Teller's documentation of the girls who came to his London studio's door, 1998-9.





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1.07.2013

Biba-esque Metallic Wallpaper


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New in the shop, a lot of 4 double rolls of 1970's metallic wallpaper, in a very Biba-esque palm/fan/herringbone design. Each roll is 28"x27'- that's about 250 square feet, or a small New York apartment's worth.

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1.06.2013

Victor Skrebneski, 1969

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Vanessa Redgrave (middle) and company, from the book Skrebneski (1969)







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1.03.2013

Charley Harper's Biology

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From The Giant Golden Book of Biology (1961).
Other than if it were illustrated by Al Jaffee, this is the most fun you could have looking at a biology book.
And it's nice to see Charley Harper's illustrations in context, as they were published. I especially love the pregnancy timeline.







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