Thursday, June 12, 2008


This week's gathering of links for you to sample. Enjoy.

The Worst Table in New York
Eater ran a fun contest in April asking for candidates for the very worst restaurant table in New York City, and now it's the final showdown. There's four finalists you can vote on -- my pick is the antisocial single table facing a brick wall. Go look!

Korean artist Yeondoo Jung does photographic recreations of children's drawings. Utterly charming and fun. Via Jessica of How About Orange.

The Lost Tribe of the Amazon
This is news straight out of the movies, but it's true -- deep in the Amazon jungle, a previously unknown indigenous tribe has been discovered. Brazil has a strict policy of not contacting tribes living in the Amazon in order to protect them and their way of life, but sadly the encroachment of unscrupulous illegal logging companies (who are not above driving forest-dwelling people from their homes and/or murdering them) has forced the government to photograph their community from the air, to prove its existence and counter the claims of these logging companies that this area is uninhabited. Some astounding photos.

Lilou Organics
This is a Canadian-based e-tail site with a great idea -- carefully research all the best natural and organic skin care lines from all over the world, and then make them easily available from one online source. Here you'll find Dr. Hauschka, Juice Beauty, Le Savon Populaire, Suki, Weleda, and more.

Holly Farrell
Canadian artist Holly Farrell paints transcendently beautiful still lifes of everyday objects. Lovely work. Via Jane of Ill Seen, Ill Said.

Portrait of Mr. Darcy
A 1798 miniature of Thomas Lefroy, believed to have inspired Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice character Mr Darcy, is to be sold at the Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair in London later this month for around £50,000. Painted in watercolour on ivory by English artist George Engleheart, the discovery of several mysterious locks of hair in a panel at the back of the miniature adds even more to the romantic history of the portrait.

Harajuku Fashion Gallery
A photo gallery of mind-bending Japanese street fashion. Really hard to describe, but at a guess I'd say influences include goth, scifi, schoolgirl uniforms, David Bowie in the 70s, horror movies, and Hello Kitty for a start. Enormously imaginative, wild, eccentric and fun. Via Cindy (thanks!)

Vintage Poster
A great blog devoted solely to, well, vintage posters. Some fantastic finds. (in French) Via things magazine.

The delicate still life above is by the amazingly versatile photographer James Merrell. Via emmas designblogg.

Design Within Reach Sale

Design Within Reach (DWR) has a Herman Miller sale on! It runs June 7 - 21, and they're offering free standard shipping (in the U.S.) for each sale item, too. If you're thinking of splurging on an authentic (new) Eames, Noguchi or Nelson piece, now's the time to do it ...
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