Sunday, May 14, 2006

High Tech Tattoos

From the New Scientist, a story about a new type of ink for tattoos. For the first time, you'll be able to remove a permanent tattoo without leaving behind a scar. Pretty cool, and due out sometime next year. Good news for those who tend to make bad design decisions...

Eva Zeisel


Crate and Barrel has recently reissued Eva Zeisel's beautifully designed 1950's series Classic Century in a lovely warm cream tone. It's good to see great modern pottery design continue to find new fans, but what's even more impressive is Eva Zeisel herself, who recently turned 100 and is still going strong. Considering what an eventful life she's had, I guess the whole growing old thing is fairly tame in comparison. I hope I can keep working as long as she has.

Bookshelf: To Have and To Hold


"To Have and To Hold: An Intimate History of Collectors and Collecting" by Philipp Blom is, (to quote the book cover blurb) "...a captivating tour of of collectors and their treasures from medieval times to the present, including a Tsar's display of teeth, a cabinet containing unicorn bones, the macabre art of embalmer Dr Ruysch, the fabled mansion of Randolph Hearst, and the men who stockpile food wrappers and plastic cups." Not only a fascinating read, but something that will strike a chord with illustrators and designers too, who, judging from their studios, are no slouches when it comes to being magpies themselves...

Still in print, and published by Penguin.
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