Friday, August 29, 2008


Happy weekend! This lovely still life was composed by the fantastically talented Paul Lowe, for his written word craft story in September's Country Living. Ellen Silverman was the photographer (yay!)

Etsy: a view to

Imke of the lovely a view to blog just opened her own Etsy shop, also called a view to. Looking at the photos of her work, Imke's delicately beautiful jewelry looks solid but in actual fact it's made from fabric and photo transfers, so it floats lightly on your neck. And she has brooches and keyrings, too. Have a look at more of her wonderful work here.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Welcome to this week's link selection. Enjoy.

What's Your Decorating Personality?
The lovely Jane of the Ill Seen, Ill Said blog recently had a totally fun post featuring lots of quizzes, including this one. Go here to see the rest of her quiz-tastic finds. Thanks again, Jane!

Makeup and Make-believe
John Updike reviews the new book Max Factor: The Man Who Changed the Faces of the World by Fred E. Basten in this week's New Yorker.

Grain Edit
A great site that more than lives up to its subtitle: "(a) modern graphic design inspiration blog + vintage graphics resource." Via ffffound!

Dinosaurs at the Los Angeles History Museum
The Los Angeles Natural History Museum now has dinosaurs prowling along its corridors. A hybrid of puppet and robot, the dinosaurs were created by ERTH Visual and Physical. Extraordinary to watch. Via things magazine.

Joe Posnanski discusses various manifestations of pixifoods on his blog, which he defines as follows: Pixifood (PIKZ-ee-food), noun: Any food substance that is highly pleasant to the taste as a child and tastes shockingly unpleasant once you become an adult. I think everyone has had a pixifood experience or two ... Via tastespotting.

Guess the Movie Letter
Part movie trivia, part design challenge -- try to guess which letter (or font) was used in which movie poster. Quite tricky, actually. Via Design Observer.

Avedon's Entertainers
The New Yorker website has a sneak preview of photographs of entertainers by Richard Avedon, featured in this week's print edition.

Another great site devoted to the graphic arts. This one features fantastic design projects. There are a lot of seriously talented people out there ...

The photograph above is by the wonderful Aimee Herring. Via Desire to Inspire (who always do).

Melinda Beck

PRINT magazine recently asked artist Melinda Beck to create a full page illustration about the surge in design-savvy moms shopping online for modern baby stuff. And, this is the stunning result. Have a look at more of Melinda's fantastic work here. Via the ispot.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A Look Ahead to Fall

Narciso Rodriguez (model: Liya Kebede; photo: Pretty and floaty.

Doo Ri (model: uncredited; photo: Great collar on the coat.

Haider Ackermann (model: Jules; photo: Love the wrapped jacket and draped scarf around the neck.

Celine (model: Ali Stephens; photo: Great ruffled detail on a simple dress.

Andrew Gn (model: Liu Wen; photo: Love that jacket.

New York Magazine readers recently picked their choice of the Fall 2008 Ready to Wear collections -- here are some of my faves from the list. As usual I tend to lean towards the monochromatic (greys, blacks), but then again I always wear deep red lipstick, so at least there's a bit of colour. If you're in a contrary mood, you can see which looks made the New York Magazine readers' list of the Most Hideous for Fall 2008, too.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Yellow House, Blue Sea

This new Swedish summer home has been built using traditional construction methods, but here and there the two architects have added more modern features, such as in the living room shown here. Pivoting steel lacquered windows, slightly larger than the traditional windows, allow more light in while still preserving heat. The simple white colour scheme is enlivened with touches of colour from a red lampshade and ottoman. The barbed wire chandelier is by Tove Adman, and the lacquered metal chair is by Jasper Morrison. At the far left can be seen the large contemporary fireplace in grey stone.

In the simply furnished parents' bedroom, the mobile suspended above the bed adds a touch of colour. Texture provides additional visual interest, seen in details such as the bedside table, a traditional Swedish basket made from woven birch slats.

Overlooking the living area is the kitchen, where owner Nils Tunebjer prepares breakfast for the family with the help of his daughter. A hanging pleated lampshade and a red wool carpet add a warm note.

Streamlined and functional, the bathroom, lined floor to ceiling with grey sandstone mosaic tiles, is spacious and well lit by large windows. A partial wall protects the rest of the bathroom from stray tub splashes.

The design of this charming Swedish summer home -- by the architects Thomas Sandell and Anders Landstrom -- was based on the classic wooden house of Scandinavian architecture. Built according to traditional methods of construction, its roughly squared logs were slotted together by tenon and mortise joints -- not a nail or screw was used in the entire house. Because this was the prototype house of a firm of architects, Nils Tunebjer, the proud owner of this house, actually bought it at auction! He then had to dismantle and store it (a feature of these traditional wood houses is that they can be dismantled and lifted easily) while he searched for an appropriate piece of land to install his new home. Now settled happily into its permanent locale overlooking the sea, this lovely home is a relaxed place to while away the long Swedish summers. Via Marie Claire Maison.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Twig Hutchinson

This lovely series of monochromatic images is by the wonderful stylist Twig Hutchinson. She's just as strong with colour as she is with the more delicate tones seen here, too. Via ...? Sorry ... I've forgotten where I first saw Twig's work ...


I saw this magazine ad a few days ago and instantly fell in love with the beautiful jacket by Pauw. Perfection.

Friday, August 22, 2008


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. This delicate still life was styled by Graham Hollick and photographed by Ruy Teixeira for Elle Decoration.


I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

—Maya Angelou

P.S. Prints of this lovely photograph of vintage luggage are available from Billy Currie's Etsy shop. (Quote via Kottke)

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Welcome to this week's selection of links. Enjoy.

Closets From Heaven
Lovely Joanna of A Cup of Jo has a great piece in New York Magazine this week about the amazing closets of six New Yorkers. Run over and have a look (and dream).

The Olympics of Illustration
Did you know that there is an official Olympics illustrator? For 2008 the U.S. Olympic Committee selected Mark T. Smith (whose clients include Rolling Stone, Absolut Vodka and Chrysler) to create a gallery of art for the posters and promotional materials for the Summer Games in Beijing.

An utterly charming little animated short about the travails of two little octopi in love, by students at the Gobelins l'Ecole de l'Image, a visual arts school in Paris. Via Cindy (thanks again!)

Wanted: People to Sign Books for Lazy Authors
Odd but true -- a U.S. publisher recently posted an ad on Craigslist, looking for 14 part-time workers to convincingly scribble fake signatures for the two unnamed co-authors of a newly released (and also unknown) book. The pay works out to $25 (US) per 200 books signed. Ouch. Via arts journal.

Crafty Synergy
A great blog that features wonderful and inspiring interviews with a wide variety of artists. Guaranteed to get you fired up to do something new in the studio -- or to just get out there and check out some art.

Ted Muehling: A Portrait
Benjamin Schwarz of The Atlantic reviews Ted Muehling: A Portrait, a new book about Muehling's exquisite jewelry design. Via Design Observer.

The Creative Personality
The Psychology Today site has an interesting extract from Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, in which he examines the 10 anitithetical traits that comprise the creative personality. Via The Morning News.

Space Art From the 1950s
A gallery of fun (and occasionally baffling -- why does that gentleman need a spacesuit to move a couch?) space age advertising illustration from the 1950s. Via Plan59.

The lovely photograph above is by Kristin Perers. Via desire to inspire.

Armchair Traveler: Canada

This piece by Canadian illustrator Jason Blower is cute -- and a familiar story to anyone who has camped in the remote wilderness. Jason says, "This piece was initially commissioned by a friend travelling to London. She wanted a gift that was unique, humorous and had a Canadian feel to it. I thought what better than a family camping in the Rockies, with a bear rummaging through their food." You can see more of Jason's work on his website. Via Applied Arts Magazine.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Still: Oceanscapes by Debra Bloomfield

Still: Oceanscapes by photographer Debra Bloomfield is the stunning result of seven years spent photographing a single lonely stretch of beach, observing its every mood from dawn to dusk. In the introduction to her book, a collection of 60 photographs from her beach project, Bloomfield writes that Still is "... about contemplation in an over-stimulated, over-technified world." I'm pretty sure I need to get a copy of this gorgeous book. Still is published by Chronicle Books.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Crisp and Pretty

This lovely house is the summer home of designer Charlotte Lynggaard. As you can see from the bedroom window, the view outside is spectacular, but the inside is stunning, too -- a perfect example of a serene and harmonious space created by using a simple palette. A happy mix of antique and modern pieces adds warmth and personality, too. You can find more photos from the same shoot here. (photography by Johan Carlson). Via Sköna hem.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Vintage Vanguard

These fantastic record album designs are just a few examples I've chosen from gokudo, a Japanese site with a stunning collection of Vanguard album covers. I've concentrated on the ones that use illustration (to brilliant effect), but there's plenty more on the site that feature stunning photography (or pure design) as well. Via ffffound!

Friday, August 15, 2008


Happy weekend! Hope it's inspiring. This lovely still life is by Jocelyne Beaudoin, whom I discovered a while back on Desire to Inspire. The rest of Jocelyne's portfolio is just as amazing, too.

René Gruau

I'm in the mood for some classic, elegant fashion illustration to carry me into the weekend. Which means ... René Gruau. Enjoy the loveliness. Found on Flickr, from top to bottom: joan thewlis, kittygosplat, ewakoty, ewakoty, chickiemama, kittygosplat.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Welcome to this week's sampling of links. Enjoy.

Communication Arts - Insights
The granddaddy of visual communication publications, CA's online version has a great ongoing series of short interviews with creative people -- designers, photographers, illustrators, copywriters and more -- talking about what inspires them.

Oldies But Goodies
Tim Hayward of The Guardian has a look at some of the classic cookbooks currently being reprinted for a new generation, and gives his recommendations for other old cookbooks that deserve to be rescued from obscurity.

Wooden Books
Domino Magazine's Rita Konig has a great writeup on her Daily Dose blog about the lovely wooden books by writer and illustrator Leanne Shapton. Wonderful idea -- these would look great anywhere.

Satirical Maps of Europe
Fascinating vintage political cartoons dating from World War I, depicting the various European nations personified and fighting amongst themselves. Via Cindy (thanks!)

The Eamespunk Manifesto
Daniel Neville of the Nevolution blog takes the whole steampunk trend and gives it an Eames twist. Good clean fun for us design geeks.

The Rebel Knitter's Guide
A nice little selection of easy knitting patterns can be found here for such things as iPod covers, fingerless gloves, a takeout coffee cosy and more.

Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Brian Eno and David Byrne recently collaborated on their second project together, 27 years after their groundbreaking 1981 work My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. The new album is called Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, and it promises to be just as stunning as the first one was. The official release date is August 18 -- download it from the official website here.

Absurdist Art Headlines
You may have already seen this in the news this week, but if not ... I think you'll be amused. Truth is often stranger (and funnier) than fiction ...

Photo for Domino Magazine by Paul Costello, from the November 2006 issue

Poetry Comics

Graphic novelist R. Kikuo Johnson and the Poetry Foundation have teamed up to produce a two-color rendering of A.E. Stallings' poem, "Recitative." More info and the full comic can be found on the Poetry Foundation site. I've always thought of poetry as an image-driven form, so I think this is a great idea. Via Cindy.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Blog: a view to

The lovely blog a view to by fashion stylist and photographer Imke Klee was a happy discovery I made while reading another wonderful blog -- simplyolive. The delicate photos shown here are Imke's favourite picks from Rodarte's Summer 2008 collection, and I couldn't agree with her more. So pretty.
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