Space Hopper


Century of the Child Growing by Design 1900 2000

In our window and in our MoMA cart

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Candlelight Dinner


The worst tasting cake, beer, and hot dog you'll ever know.

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New Blue Review

Some blue things in our shop, including: 

Dansk Kobenstyle pots & pans

1989 Infant Nike Lava

1930's modernist crazy quilt full

Pelican Books Yoga


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Game of Thronesian Doorstops

Snow & Neally (and Jawa)

and I just now noticed the Jawa...
John's Snow & Neally axe heads/objects/simple machines in our shop.

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Hey! There'll be more things added to the shop this week!


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The potter Toyozo Arakawa, in the first part of National Geographic's "Living Treasures of Japan" (1980). Starts at 2 minutes in, but for context you should watch it from the beginning. PBS aired this on an amazing "Japan week" in 1980 and I've never forgotten it. 

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Yard Sale Report/ Ivy Shutters


1970's welded metal ribbon sculpture from a housewife who thought she might take up welding, and a Gerald Thurston brass pendant lamp. Photo taken in our studio. That's real ivy, but how great would it be to have year-round ivy shutters? You'd have to make them from plastic ivy of course...but oh well. That kind of carefree project reminds me of the old Diana Vreeland column, "Why Don't You...?"
Or, how awesome would spot-welded gold ribbon shutters be?


This is the house where the ribbon sculpture came from. I took this photo last year because I loved the glass hall to the garage. Again, why-don't-you..... a glass hall?!

Glass hallway

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Madman Across the Water

Tommy Roberts by Paul Gorman 1

Tommy Roberts Winged Shoes

Tommy Roberts by Paul Gorman


Tommy Roberts by Paul Gorman

Tommy Roberts by Paul Gorman

"Mr. Freedom- Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero".

One of the most innovative boutiques in rock fashion history, Mr. Freedom was as much a show as a shop—a fashion, art, and design mecca for Swinging London’s most outré set. In his new book, Mr. Freedom—Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero (Adelita), Paul Gorman tells the story of the boutique’s driving force: the stocky maverick entrepreneur Tommy Roberts, “one of those unpindownable figures,” the author says, “who fast-tracked vanguard ideas right into the mainstream.” Roberts was the first to sell slogan T-shirts, license images from Disney, and integrate the new Pop aesthetic into everything from the clothes and furniture he sold to the decorating of his shop, a task he regularly put in the hands of young designers and artists just out of art school. Hot pants, chairs shaped like dentures, and window displays of huge detergent boxes were the order of the day. Though Mr. Freedom’s moment was fleeting, such was its impact that when Cecil Beaton organized the Victoria and Albert Museum’s first fashion exhibition, in 1971, he featured 24 of the label’s pieces alongside loans from the British royal family, Madame Grès, Balenciaga, and Mary Quant.
-from Diane Solway's article in W

Paul Gorman's brilliant new book is my new favourite. Tommy Roberts is absolutely fascinating: entrepreneur, shopkeeper, designer, curator, restaurateur- like a more fantastic Terence Conran. The book is filled with creativity and inspiration- it reminds me of Conran's House Book in the regard that virtually every page has something incredible on it that you need to bookmark. Roberts makes one want to do more- be more creative, to push it. The clothing and furniture designs he had made for his boutiques (Kleptomania, Mr. Freedom, City Lights Sudio, Practical Styling) and restaurant (Mr Feed'em) were all amazing, fun, and ahead of their time. Paul Gorman and Tommy Roberts were on BBC radio last week, and Robert Elms asked Tommy, "Where are all these fantastic things? What happened to them?" "Well, we didn't keep anything, we just moved on to the next thing". Thankfully it was all documented, and thanks Paul Gorman for bringing it all back and into our bookshelf.

Mr. Freedom on Amazon
Paul Gorman's blog
related (literally) Mrs. Paul Gorman's blog, which you'll also like.

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No room at the Inn

George Nelson credenza

George Nelson credenza on its way to storage, having never even made it into our apartment.

Time for house-hunting...

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Eames bent plywood child's chairs

Stack of Eames Child's Chairs.

Wow. Stacked in their factory, circa 1949.
From Portfolio Magazine #2, 1950

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A giant wrench for some giant nuts


Giant Billings iron wrench from the old Biddeford Textile Mill in Biddeford, Maine.
Perfect for your industrial designer friend who needs a present.
This and some other awesome things, just added to the shop.

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Happy Fourth!


Bill Owens Fourth of July, from his fantastic and seminal book Suburbia (1972).

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So much pileup

 'It was determined that the continual stockpiling of stuff was becoming self defeating: stuff unused is useless stuff.'  -our new dogma, paraphrasing a line regarding nuclear armament buildup from the movie "Spies Like Us"

Below, Emmett Fitz-Hume and Austin Millbarge. 

Emmett Fitz-Hume

Austin Millbarge

So great. Whatever happened to hand-tinting b&w photos?

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Ah fixed that chaiah

1962 Eames shell chair

Yard sale: 1962 Eames chair from an old Mainer estate with then-practical-/now-frustrating drain hole drilled into the seat.
I really don't mind though- it adds context and reminds you that these things were not made to be precious. Plus now we can keep it outside.

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