Crazy amazing collection of mid-70’s logos on flickr.  I’ve been meaning to get these up for a while…  I was obsessed with these when I found them… Enjoy.


Brand Royal



I absolutely adore porcelain anything, and Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg is the dream stuff is made of. They have been churning out the finest porcelain in the world since 1747. Inextricably linked to Germany’s Royal Bavarian Wittelsbach family, the house produces all of its figurines and serving pieces using original methods at the Nördliches Schlossrondell Palace in Nymphenburg. Schloss Nymphenburg was built in 1664 as a summer residence for Elector Ferdinand, and is still owned by the Bavarian royal family.


No other factory in the world still manufactures its products the way that Nymphenburg does. It’s one of the last places where all products are made entirely by hand, and the term “manu factum” really does mean what it says. The conscious decision not to use any type of automated process has produced the most breathtaking pieces. The porcelain paste – which other companies buy as a semi-finished product – is made on site. Nymphenburg also creates and mixes its own paints; its porcelain painters work without templates. Each item is shaped and painted by hand, each ornament individually applied and all designs, regradless of how intricate, are cut with tiny blades into the unfired porcelain. Nymphenburg consciously decided to only employ manual production methods, and since the 18th century has refined them to near perfection. Clients are often amazed to hear that delivery of a four-part food service will take two years.

The buildings and workshops are as much works of art as the pieces they produce.  I could live in the Paste Mill or Gilding Room.  The spaces are so magnificent, they are available to rent out for events and film shoots. Can you imagine???


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I almost had to peel myself off the floor when I saw the Bergdorf Christmas windows.  I swear they have a hidden porthole to my brain.  How do they do it all over again year after year?

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Proper Peppermint




Run by two families since the early twentieth century, the Piedmont Candy Company still uses the original recipe for its pure sugar candy, producing over 2000 pounds per hour.  These people know their peppermint sticks and puffs.  The perfect packaging doesn’t hurt either.  Get yours for Christmas at your local CVS, Eckerd/Rite-Aid, Walgreens, or Dollar General.


Read my latest piece for the Huffington Post HERE.


Classic Covers



Amazing artist Coralie Bickford-Smith designed these book covers for Penguin‘s classic collection.  Flaubert, Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Brontë and Austen are among the lucky literati.  My favorite, of course, is Wilde‘s The Picture of Dorian Gray.  Wilde + peacock feathers = irresistibly genius subtlety.  Unfortunately, they are only available in the UK at the moment.  Ugh.  Of course.