11.29.2010

David Hockney, Vogue Paris 1985

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Speaking of David Hockney, in Paris, here are a few of the 40 pages of fantastic photo collages, paintings, drawings, and writing he contributed to French Vogue for the Dec 1985-Jan 86 issue.
I bought this on the newsstand when I was going to college in Paris. I've always loved the desk photo, mostly because of the Pistilli Roman-typefaced book and the Lubalin Graph-typefaced Dog Biscuits, but looking at it now with our book just being published,  I think what a cool project it would be to make a desk like that: cubist and fragmented, that looks like a Google street-view of a desk, if the Google car were the sizeof a Corgi toy.  (Mr. Hockney, let's make some furniture!) (...and Corgi, make the Google Camera Car!)

Also, check out our friend J.B. Taylor's post "When David Met Celia", which was the catalyst for these Hockney posts.
... and that's Hockney's cubist portrait of Celia Birtwell on the cover.

And also visit other friends' Dominic Lutyens and Kirsty Hislop's blog:
http://flashinonthe70s.wordpress.com/



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11.27.2010

plant + levelor + sun = Hockney

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Director Mike Nichols' New York City apartment, 1980. Besides the big Josef Albers painting, what I've always liked about this room is the simple plant in front of the sun splashed Levelor blinds, and and how it looks like a room David Hockney might've wanted to paint. It also helps that there's an actual David Hockney drawing on the bookshelf, and the upholstery looks like a Celia Birtwell design. And although it looks like a close-up of the window, below is actually Hockney's newest work- on iPhones and iPads, which, if you're in Paris before January 30th you should check out. It's nice to see him getting back to his plant/blinds/sunlight roots, but in such a crazy
 sci-fi way.
Watch the interview here

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11.23.2010

Think minimalist. It's more intellectual.

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And other state-of-the-art advice from 1984's The Yuppie Handbook.

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11.14.2010

Herb Lubalin Ampersand

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Ampersand designed by Herb Lubalin for Upper & Lower Case Magazine, 1970. 
This 3-D version is a leftover from a type/writing themed installations project we've been working on lately for an ad agency. More soon.........




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11.13.2010

Bulloww-Up

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We don't usually buy records anymore unless there's a poster inside, but here are the latest exceptional exceptions.
Lalo Schifrin's Bullitt and Herbie Hancock's and the Byrds' Blow-Up.



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11.11.2010

The Ghost and Mrs. Snowblood

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Squeaky-voiced 1930's actress Jean Arthur's house in Carmel California, 1976.
Equal parts Lady Snowblood and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir,
with a little helping of the Mines of Moria and Fangorn Forest.

And that's just the living room.





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11.10.2010

Boing Boing




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Awesome cantilevered hangout with springy net seats from Joan Kron and Suzanne Slesin's seminal 1978
industrial style & design opus, High Tech. 
Which, if I had to choose only two design books to have in a library,
would be one of them. 

Mezzanine into the woods made by Michael Jantzen (of Illinois, who has very lucky kids).
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11.08.2010

this old thing

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Recent yard/estate sale acquisitions of the clothing variety:
Top: Vintage Patagonia Gore-Tex raincoat, with a Patagonia decal where the front patch usually is.

David Hicks wallet, of the softest kid glove leather ever, with a tiny leather address book. Never used, from Japan in the 70's.

Vintage New York Times t-shirt- almost as soft as the wallet- promoting their classifieds section.

1940's Hermes silk scarf featuring a pack of antsy hunting hounds chomping at the bits.

The ubiquitous L.L.Bean hunting boots, this time with leather kilties- that fringed tongue, and a 1976 Maine Road Atlas which has little dots showing every farm in the state. Kind of fun if you're out in the country and you want to show the kids some cows and goats. Also good if you go out and forget the GPS.


related: Mainer and founder of Patagonia Yvon Chouinard on finding his own way and building a successful and responsible business here, from a talk he gave at University of California Santa Barbara in 2005. It's an hour long, and well worth watching.



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11.05.2010

Woody Allen's apartment, NYC, 1972

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Living room, and part of the large rooftop country garden.
"In a typical seriocomic aside, he once told The New Yorker, 'I think I can say, though this is not for publication, that I have the most beautiful apartment in New York' ."


From Architectural Digest, Nov/Dec 1972.

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Aqua non viva

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So long glass things on the window sill, hello babyproofing.
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