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Amazing images from André Courrèges‘ heyday in Assouline‘s beautiful tome.  Why no one has re-taken this bull by the horns is beyond me.  Maybe some things are better left alone. Read the rest of this entry »

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James Lileks chronicles the hideous homes my generation grew up in with Interior Desecrations.  I hate dating myself, but this may explain certain psychological issues children of the seventies are prone to.  You just can’t have an accurate grip on reality when you’re surrounded by stuff like this.  Lileks’ commentary that accompanies each shot is absolutely hilarious…

Note how the drapes coyly admit a view of the outside world, which is substantially less yellow than your room. You might be able to go outside some day and see this strange non-yellow world for yourself.

I actually dig the kitchen.

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Boy, George.

12/29/2008

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I’m lovin’ George Nelson’s swag leg home desk.  His whole swag collection is pretty sweet (more pics after the break) but this one is top of the pile.  

Swaging – using pressure to taper and curve a metal tube – is a signature of the range that he designed for ease of transortation and construction. Apparently the legs come off quite easily for shipping but are incredible strong.  You just gotta love these mid-century utilitarian minds.  Never was some chrome tubing so soft on the eye.

I’m not a huge fan of his wall clocks or marshmallow sofa, but Nelson’s work for Herman Miller was forever perfect, especially the two other non-swag desks coming up below…

Available at the MoMA store and Sam Flax.

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Cool Supplies

12/29/2008

What a totally impeccable selection of perfectly designed 100% Post Consumer FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified Recycled Paper writing and office supplies by the Sustainable Group! I love the ReWrite notebooks and want to order them by the caseload.  The CD cases are pretty sweet too.  Kraft colored business cards anyone?  Yes please!!!! Read the rest of this entry »

No Time for You

12/29/2008

One of my favorite adages is “Even a broken clock is right twice a day.”  Well Linda Kostowski’s realfakewatches are just that. (Unless you go with the digital version.)  The watches are laser-cut from three pieces of leather and manually assembled.  They’re fastened with velcro and each one comes with a unique time hand-picked by their “randomizer robot.”  Or you can pick the time with a custom order.  Super cute. Get ’em at HERE.

Brand Royal

12/27/2008

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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.

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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 keep a little of file of great rooms I’d like to sit around in for a while. Here are a few.