Happy Halloween!

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Lou Dorfsman


Type Chess Set, from Wary Meyers' Tossed & Found

Lou Dorfsman

Two of my favorite projects from our book, and the man who inspired them. Lou Dorfsman, designer par excellence. Our latest post at AT is about it all, read it here.

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Herb Lubalin & John Alcorn

Designed by Herb Lubalin and illustrated by John Alcorn. The type treatment on the cover is great, but the case is awesome. It repeats on the back, then the endpapers are the same but the colors reversed. Two of the greats.

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R.I.P. Lawrence Halprin

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Land Rover

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Click to enlarge each of these.

top: From a yard sale last weekend, 6'x5' wool patchwork blanket, backed in wool. The woman told us "a girl made it for my husband back in the 70's". It's in perfect condition- probably taken from the back seat of the Volvo wagon directly into storage. She said she'd take the 4 dollars and buy herself a martini.

Middle: Fantastic 8' Turkish runner from an estate sale. The edges are frayed but they can be trimmed and fringe added back on.

Bottom: From the 30's, an awesome crazy-quilting patchwork of denim and twills, with a few odd-shaped pieces within each square. 

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from the type on pgs 34-35 of Tossed & Found
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Lynn Chadwick and Lypiatt Park

Our latest guest post at Apartment Therapy documents John Russell's 1963 article for Vogue about British sculptor Lynn Chadwick and his home Lypiatt Park,
"Castle Tomorrow".
style="text-align: center;">Read it here

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Willkommen to the Puppenhaus

Having had odd one-of-a-kind handmade dollhouses on the brain since reading Daddytypes' post about the Gerrit Rietveld house, when Linda spotted this "Calif. Modern Doll House" on an auction site we thought we'd query the encyclopediac mind of Daddytypes himself, Greg Allen as to the scoop. If he didn't know anything, we'd assume it was something some Southern Californian dad made his daughter one post-war weekend (or two). But Greg sent word back that this was in fact a Puppenhaus, made in East Germany circa 1960. A quick switch-of-the-gears of our made up provenance had us thinking this was even cooler (colder?). Visit the Puppenhausmuseum for loads of DDR photos. And yes that's a cactus.

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Fantastic Mr. Arctic Fox

Vintage Fjallraven 1

Vintage Fjallraven 2


Older Fjallraven (Swedish for Arctic Fox) jacket/parka from an estate sale, made in Finland. Fjallraven is a Swedish brand known for scoliosis-preventing backpacks, making things that last, and not exporting much to America, so this is a rare find and strangely poetic that it's in perfect condition. = From the Fjallraven website: "A product that is handed down through generations or sold second-hand has hardly any affect on the environment compared to buying a new product."
Words to live by.
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Kenner Blythe

While going yard saling, flea marketing, or thrifting, John & I always have a mental list of certain things that if we're lucky enough to find them, it makes our day (vintage Dansk items, rare art books, cool 70's pendants), weekend (paintings, silkscreens, art pottery, ), month (Milo Baughman tables, Joe Colombo light), or possibly year (Eames lounge chairs with their matching ottomans, Pierre Paulin chairs). But there are some items that still elude us, making them even more desirable, as the more you can't have something, the more you want it. This is the case with trying to find a 1972 Kenner Blythe doll. I started looking for one about 8 years ago. I had a few (10++) of the reissued Takara Blythe dolls that I would buy at Toy Tokyo when I lived in New York, but to be honest, I would have traded them all for one of the original Kenner Blythe Dolls. It didn't matter that the Kenners usually had cut frizzy hair, chewed feet, rubbed off make-up, scuff marks and broken leg joints. They were the original doll, the muse to the new ones, made the year after I was born and I really, really, wanted one. To make matters worse, the ones that were in somewhat ok condition usually go for $1,000 or up on ebay and I just could never justify spending that kind of money. So began my search, or shall I say obsession with finding one. For years and years I wouldn't pass a box of moldy dolls without rooting through in hopes that she'd be there. I would answer ads that advertised 70's dolls and would end up at a doll collectors house looking at porcelain babies or Malibu Barbies with missing arms. I'd ask friends older sisters (or moms) if they had one stashed in the attic, go to auctions where old toys were advertised, check out the stuffed toy and doll sections at thrift shops, I would even make John sketch what she looked like to flea market vendors in hopes that they had one stashed in a shoe box. But the years passed and I never found one. Since she was only produced for one year, she's a pretty rare find. I didn't give up hope entirely, I stopped being so crazy/obsessive about finding her. Sure, I would still check out doll boxes, but I wouldn't get as upset when she wouldn't be there.
Last Saturday we woke up and I checked Craigslist to see if anything sounded appealing and there was an ad for a moving sale in the town over which included old camping gear, which John loves. As we walked towards the garage there was a box of old baby dolls and there, foot sticking out, was the rare, elusive Kenner Blythe doll. I was dizzy! It was the home owner's old doll from when she was a kid (not her daughters, who's pink & purple Barbie castle almost kept us driving) and I paid a dollar for her. She's still in her original outfit, and in pretty great condition. The feeling of shock, amazement and happiness stayed with me that entire day, and still has not faded, it probably won't for quite some time. Pin It



We wrote another guest post for Apartment Therapy, this time about the easy, gratifying aesthetic solutions 1x2 boards can offer your blank walls. Above is a photo I took behind the Shell Man, in Islamorada Florida earlier this year. The 1x2s are used to ship fragile coral and shells, then thrown away out back. If you're ever looking for wood for a project, check behind places like this, or places that have free pallets, since there could be packing crates there as well.

From top: The 1x2 opening spread from Wary Meyers' Tossed & Found in a NY apartment we did; more 1x2s in another NY apartment we did; Mrs. Mark Hampton's apartment by David Hicks (inspiration); a concept page from WMT&F which includes typographic 1x2 ideas in English, Kanji, and Cyrillic.
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blue, red

Apartment Therapy asked us to guest blog for the month of October, with a post each Friday. Today's is about the madcap mellowness of blue and red together. You can read the post and see all the other photos here.

Two photos up: Our kitchen

Above: an old painting we bought at a barn sale. The barn owner couldn't quite remember who brought it up from New York, as it was a communal exodus from the city in the late sixties, but he remembered that it was painted by a real artist. Unsigned, but the masonite was made in Sweden. It reminded me a lot of our Ludwig Sander.

Top, a bunkbed we made for our friends' kids.
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