Friday, February 26, 2010

Toying Around...

Czech designer Ladislav Sutnar was one of the leading avant-garde designers of the 40's and 50's. Sutnar began his career as a toy designer. Surprisingly he was never able to find a manufacturer for his Toy Town blocks, but luckily a few prototypes remain.
He also created some amazing paintings and prints, many looking like they could of been done today. Here's a link.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

That Book by Nabokov...

A great collection of Lolita book covers from around the world put together by Dieter Zimmer.
Click here to see the full collection.  
Here's a video of Nabokov going through his collection of Lolita's.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Wonderful World of Crump...

Rolly Crump was a designer, or Imagineer as they are called now, for the Walt Disney Company in the 60's. Crump worked on everything from Tiki mugs to whimsical building designs. One of his creations was the 120 ft kinetic sculpture "Tower of the 4 Winds" for the 1964 Worlds's Fair. This solar machine by the Eames may have been an inspiration.
Crump is still an active artist- take a look at his paintings here.

Feel the Love...

Above are some of the murals painted around Philadelphia by artist Stephen Powers. I came across his Love Letters Project on a JoyEngine post. He finished up the series last weekend - appropriately enough on V. Day. View more love here.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Dark Humor...

These bold and existential photomontages are by french photographer Gilbert Garcin. After retiring at 65  from his job at a lamp factory Garcin  discovered a gift for photography and has been creating these intriguing images ever since.  See more here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Book Checkout...

What do you get when you take a Macbook and combine it with an old book? 
Answer: An eye-catching leather-bound laptop case.  Click here to see this and other Mac-ccentric products from Twelve South.

Thanks Maurizio

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Keeping it Real...

Series of 1970's educational booklets that I picked up at a library book sale that describe a variety of everyday jobs. See more here.