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Hi and happy day to you!  I hope you are all still a tiny bit full of chocolate and bunny love from the holiday weekend.  Super(S)mart is on hold until the corner store gets going again with their wise-ness.  So today I’m going to share some yummy vintage tabletop collections that I found while wandering the intertubes.  Enjoy!

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Strövtåg i tid och rum, 2009
(Strolls through time and space)
Armchair, books, bags, boxes, radio, clock, etc.
Dimensions: 0.55 x 0.85 x 0,6 m. 

Let’s take a walk shall we?  These installations by Swedish born artist Michael Johansson are the cat’s ass, or whiskers, or whatever I’m supposed to say that means, “the coolest thing that has strolled through my space and time, like ever.”.  The objects used, and the shapes created with these objects, embody so much of what makes me happy in this material world;  high quality (mostly mid-century) vintage goods, metals + mod colors married to wood grains, and tetris like stacking precision that creates tidy cuboids, simple in their busyness. Among other things.  

Wish I could eat ’em.

If I had the patience to make my boxes of thrift store trappings look like these tiny mountains of mastery, I would.  But to say that is to insult the artist. It’s like projecting a loud whisper of, “well I could do that.  How hard could it be really?” while walking past a crafter’s table busy selling their thoughtful and technical creations. I’d need more than patience, I would need to have thought of it, and then done it.  And I didn’t.  Smart pants Michael Johansson did, and I’m so glad.  He gets four thumbs up from me.  (that’s right, I have impossible digit amounts of love for his work!) 

  Rubiks Kök, 2007 (Rubik’s Kitchen)
Kitchen table, kitchen equipment. / Dimensions: 1.2 x 0.8 x 0.9 m. 

Fyrahundra nyanser av brunt II, 2010 (Four Hundred Shades of Brown II)
Wooden furniture. / Dimensions: 2,5 x 2,8 x 2,5 m.

Michael’s artist statement: 

“I am fascinated walking around flea markets finding doubles of seemingly unique, though often useless objects I have already purchased at another flea market. Despite the fact that I did not have any use for them even the first time, the desire to own two of these objects becomes too strong to resist. The unique and unknown origin of the object increases my desire to want the double – the unlikelihood of this sensation repeating itself produces an attraction that is too strong to resist. 

This combination of the now-familiar and the new-unknown are among the various factors that come together to create the irresistible pull of these objects.  This re-iterated fascination and the overwhelming desire that follows is central to my art practice.

I am intrigued by irregularities in daily life. Not those that appear when something extraordinary occurs, but those that are created by an exaggerated form of regularity. Colours or patterns from two separate objects or environments concur, like when two people pass each other dressed in the exact same outfit. Or when you are switching channels on your TV and realize that the same actor is playing two different roles on two different channels at the same time. Or that one day the parking lot contained only red cars.

These irregularities, these coincidences, are another focus of my artwork.”


Bleka Minnen, 2009 (Faded Memories)
Armchair, books, boxes, cameras, radio, etc. / Dimensions: 0.55 x 0.8 x 0,6 m.

Packa Pappas Kappsäck, 2006  (Pack Daddy’s Suitcases)
Suitcases.  / Dimensions: 1 x 1.2 x 1 m.

TOYS’R’US – Dingy scale 1:1, 2006
Mixed Media: dinghy, boat equipment, welded metal frame, spray paint / Dimensions: 2 x 2,6 m.

Garden Pack, 2008
Lawnmower, wheelbarrow, garden equipment, etc. / Dimensions: 2,1 x 0,6 x 1 m.

And there is sooo much more.  To check it out visit his website by clicking here.  You won’t be sorry.

Via: my friend Connor’s facebook wall. Thanks Connor!


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Stig Lindberg

{ Stig Lindberg illustration for Lennart Hellsing’s children’s book Daniel Doppsko (1959) }

Ok.  I fell off the blog wagon,  dropped the blog ball, etc.  And now it’s time to get back up on the horse.   It’s amazing how easily it can happen. One minute I’m up at 2 am typing/sharing away.  The next I’m sleeping like that’s ok to do.  No more!  I am back and ready to borage you with oodles of lovely.    

I’m going to start back in with one of the most delightful book illustrations I’ve ever seen.  I’m all about the sea right now (which is funny, since I’m currently land-locked) but if I could just get a wall size version of this bad boy, I’d be smelling salt in the air for sure.

via: Martin Klasch

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If you are a P+M regular, you will know that I’m a huge fan of the work of this week’s ‘Meet the Maker’ subject, Dave Cuzner.  As the man behind the wheel of graphic wonderland grain edit, Dave finds and shares some of the kickin’est visuals going – and gone.  In their words they focus on, “classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period.” and in some other words, my favorite things.  So it is my great pleasure to offer up a tiny peek behind Dave’s curtain.

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GE cristina-couceiro-2GE cristina-couceiro-4Lisbon based designer Cristiana Couceiro’s modern collage work

1.  What is your favorite movie for visual/design amazing-ness?

Hmmm good question. I think that honor would goto Jean Luc Godard’s  1963 classic “le Memphris” (Contempt).  Godard + Bardot + Panavison + Raoul Coutard (Director of Photography) + the Casa Malaparte built by Adalberto Libera  = one amazing film.  

Umbrellas of Cherbourg by Jaques Demy might make the list as well. I love the opening shot of the film. As the camera looks down from above, people holding umbrellas walk beneath in various patterns.

2. What is your favorite music genre/band to work to right now?

I listen to a great deal of Jazz, Psych rock, MPB, and Bossa. Some of the names getting heavy rotation in my office are Bunalim, Baris Manco, Chrissy Zebby Tembo, Franko Xavier and Nathan Davis.

GE-music-1Listen to Bunalim here, Baris Manco here, & Chrissy Zebby Tembo here.

Listen to Franko Xavier here & Nathan Davis here.

3. It’s clear from all the hard work going into grain edit, that you love what you do.  What were the influences throughout your life that led you to create your current position,  Advocate of Graphic Goodness?  

I used to go on cross country road trips to hunt for rare records. Eventually I began to pick up items that were design related as well. I created grain edit as a way to share those finds and connect with others who shared that same passion for modern design.


Thanks so much for sharing with my readers Dave!  

There are some juicy tidbits in there my friends.  I highly recommend spending the time to watch and listen to his movie/music suggestions.  With extra attention paid to all the Baris Manco videos on YouTube.  Brilliant!   Also be sure to keep up with grain edit‘s shenanigans by subscribing to their RSS feed.  All the cool kids are doin’ it.

All images except the Band album covers from question #2 are via grain edit – both the blog & their flickr archives


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The Life Science Library is an amazing series for those interested in how/why stuff works and the infinite coolness of how 1963 explains it.  This one is on matter.  All sorts.  These are some of the pretty pictures.  For the how/why I’m afraid you’ll have to hunt it down yourself.  


The Gravity of a drink.




Matter’s well set table.

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Happy Wednesday!  Today, I am in a rush to get up to my studio and am therefore going to lean on my favorite go-to graphic gurus, grain edit, for the book pic of the week.  Second Homes For Leisure Living presented by the Douglas Fir Plywood Association is a booklet that I sadly don’t own and deeply covet.  It is going to get added to my hunter’s list for sure.  Just as many details from these awesome Mid Century (re)treats are going on my dream house list (like the deer for instance…).     


I’m afraid I have to be super lazy today and just post pictures.  (This will not become a habit I promise!) For all the publisher, architect, & illustrator info, please head over to grain edit’s post.  While you’re there look around awhile.  I guarantee you’ll like what you see!  Dave Cuzner runs a tight ship loaded up with oodles of loveliness.  (He is going to be sharing a bit of himself with us soon for my ‘Meet the Maker’ interview series. Can’t wait!) 


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When I went hunting through my bookshelf this morning to find today’s Bookshelf Bonanza, I came across these beauties.  I bought them at a flea market last year, put them between two books to keep them flat, and then promptly forgot about them.  I was very ‘wahoo’ when I found them all tucked in there.  All from the late 60’s, I have no idea what records (45’s) these sleeves held, but if they were anywhere as cool as their ‘outfit’ graphics, they were some sweet sweet sounds.


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Austrian born designer/artist Walter Bosse created some of my all time favorite animalia sculptures.  They are petite and perfect.  The combination of polished versus patina lends a bold graphic style to these little critters that caters to my love of Mid-Century simplicity .  If I ever feel compelled to become a serious collector of figurines, I will definitely snub the Hummels and head straight for these sweeties.

To purchase faithful (and licensed) reproductions of these 40’s classics (in Viennese brass), visit Design Within Reach by clicking here or Canoe (in lovely Portland, Oregon) by clicking here.


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rocks-n-mineralsIllustrated by Raymond Perlman, this 1957 Golden Press gem about, well, gems is pocket book perfection.  More Mid-Century bling than you can shake a stick at.


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