Thursday, May 30, 2013


The actual layers of clothing George 
Mallory was wearing when his body was discovered in 1999

Andrew Irvine and George Mallory in 1924
just before climbing Mt. Everest

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ma viande rouge

Vintage French butcher charts

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Now, go stand in the corner

Corner portraits by Irving Penn

Marcel Duchamp

Joe Louis

Truman Capote

Georgia O'Keeffe

Igor Stravinsky

Spencer Tracy

Marlene Dietrich

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Deep blue

Ethereal images by Daniel Balda

Thursday, May 23, 2013


I especially love when a painting is exhibited with its studies. This almost never happens.

Herbert James Draper, Ulysses and the Sirens 1909

Homer's description of the sirens was rather vague. Draper depicts them as mermaids and young women. We see a crew of virile sailors apparently terrified by three nude girls. As they boldly climb aboard the vessel,  the sirens change from mermaids into women.

Herbert James Draper, The Sea Maiden 1894 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Inspired lighting

Erich Ginder glass pendant light

Devo energy dome headgear

Monday, May 20, 2013

Laugh riot

How many of these sold over all the years since they were first created?

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Who can it be now?

French poster for Sorry, Wrong Number, 1948

Poster for Dial M for Murder, 1954

Vintage packaging for Western Telephone, circa 1940's

Friday, May 17, 2013

Light delight

Bedroom: A Merry Mishap

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A deep homesickness

Debbie Millman on starting now...

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Circa 1968

A rare set of graphic designer Harry Gordon's paper dresses is available for 
purchase on 1stdibs.  Originally priced at $3.00 each, be prepared to pay a bit more.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Looking good on paper

This latest acquisition leaves me grinning.

Circles, check.

Numbers, check.

Black, white and red, check, check, check!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Night vision

I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night
without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses
idle details, just as our memory does.

—Jorge Luis Borges

Le cigne noir, 1895

La maison aveugle, 1892

Nocturne au Parc Royal de Bruxelles, 1897

Magical night paintings by Belgian artist William Degouve de Nuncques  (1867-1935)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Eros and Thanatos

In 1951, photographer Philippe Halsman posed 7 models to form a human skull for his 
portrait of artist Salvador Dali. The title, In Voluptas Mors, roughly translates
to the voluptuous death. In Greek mythology, Voluptas was the goddess
of pleasure.

It took hours for Halsman to arrange the models
as Dali had envisioned in his drawing. Hours of direction,
contortion and prodding seems to have eliminated any
eroticism. In the behind-the-scene photos, the models look exhausted and bored.

Freud theorized that two instincts motivate people: Eros- sexuality and the drive for life, and Thanatos-aggression and the will for destruction.  The conflict of both impulses (pleasure/death) appears in nearly every episode of this season's Mad Men.