Saturday, December 27, 2008

Peachy Christmas

It's become a bit of Christmas tradition to photograph my cat Peachy for the holidays and mail the pictures out to friends. This year I think came out really nicely. You can check out some of my older photos in a previous post.

Mid-Century Birthday Cake

I haven't had time to post lately with all the rush with work and Christmas so this post is a bit late but relevant. My girl friend for my birthday a couple of weeks ago was sweet enough to take some simple icons I had created and turn them into a birthday cake. The result for the price was really nice. It's just a photo cake from a local super market called Ukrops. You can do your own if you go to Kroger, they also offer photo cakes. I really like these little icons I'm looking to get them made into a embroidered hat from Zazzel when I get some money saved up.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Merry Christmas Charles and Ray Eames

A Christmas card design by Bob Wirth and mailed to Charles and Ray Eames in 1948. This is part of the Library of Congress collection.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

French Modernism

When I think of modern furniture design usually Denmark, Germany and America come to mind. Let's face it the French are known mostly for their modern art not modern furniture. The French have always lagging behind in modernist endeavors. They mostly attempted to dabbled in modernism during the WWII era, but that was more about ideas than actual design. That's not to say they haven't produced some good modern design , but their specialty is big French Provencal pieces decked out with ornamentation.

Enough rambling! French artist Richard Prince has tried his hand at modernism. The collection as a whole I felt was not very innovative and reminiscent of a lot of American and Danish pieces from the 1950's, but not in a "WOW I want this" kind of way. However, I did love his coffee table pictured above. His chair also was very interesting, it reminded me of a very clean fresh starched sheet frozen in time.

Sometimes as artists we try to do and give too much to a collection. I am guilty of it myself I often give a client more than is needed instead of narrowing down the best pieces to show. I believe Richard Prince should have narrowed down his collection for a much more successful presentation.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Robots Are Back

While vacationing in NC I ran across a small store selling robots like theses. Ever since then I have been hooked and the best place to purchase these are at Tiny Toy Arcade. Nice customer service and free shipping on items over $75.

Building a shell chair

The process of building a shell chair.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Eames Rocker

I just got my Christmas present in early! Reproduction Herman Miller rocker legs! My girl friend ordered them off of Ebay for me and the quality is superb. I mounted them to an early 60's Herman Miller chair with original red / blue strip fabric.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Eames Shades

The Shade Store just recently released the Charles Eames Dot Pattern in various window treatments. I have to say they are pretty nice. However, I wish I knew of a store that made affordable knock off fabric.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Now that you have your pipe

Great piece taken from Swissmiss Typepad

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!

Charles Eames; Le Corbusier; Frank Lloyd Wright; Eero Saarinen. Harry Bertoia; Mies van der Rohe; Arne Jacobson; Lets face it post WWI everybody smoked. You cant be a good designer without your trusty pipe.