Curiosities: Cosmonauts

Curiosities: Photographs of Creatives

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There is something to viewing art without the preconceived notions of how the artist looks; it’s free of judgement. Maybe this is why I’ve always been drawn to photographs of aging painters and other creatives. In my mind, the most amazing artists are full of age, their life’s work visible with every wrinkle. On the search to share some of my favorite portraits of painters that have turned grey (so to speak), I instead found myself looking through Arnold Newman’s beautiful collection of portraits. It’s Arnold we have to thank for environmental portraits which are an incredible look into the subject’s life. You can read more about Arnold Newman’s life, and view more of his photographs on the archive. It is a joint effort between the Newman family, the Howard Greenberg Gallery, and Ron Kurtz.

Design Curiosities: Nicolas Sassoon

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Nicolas Sassoon is a French artist and designer currently working between Biarritz and Vancouver. He is making some of the most impressive and inspired animated GIFs I’ve ever seen. While the majority of his work can be found online, he does produce sculpture, prints, textiles, and site-specific installations. In addition to this work and his various collaborative efforts, Nicolas is also the founder of W-A-L-L-P-A-P-E-R-S, and a member of the online collective, Computers Club.

I did have to resize these images, I highly recommend viewing them at full size. It really is necessary. There is a lot of this kind of design going around, but Nicolas’s work really stands out.

Good Goods: Handmade Shears

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These handmade shears from Old Faithful Shop were a gift from my sweet husband. He knows my love of beautiful everyday objects well. This pair was modeled after classic bonsai clippers. I generally just use them to trim dead bits off of our plants, and to shorten stems for vases. I don’t really ever put them up because they are too nice to put in a drawer.

Field Guide: Toys

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This Week’s Field Guide is all about how we can amicably cohabitate with our collector toys.

I don’t know about you, but we can’t resist a good collector toy. There’s just something about them. The problem is how do you live with them, and where do you put them? Do you gang them all up (tried that), or do you display just one at a time (but which one)? At some point they just become a bunch of bric-à-brac around the house. I’ve never felt comfortable relegating them to a curio cabinet type situation though. These guys might have found the balance.

Curiosities: Cosmonauts

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There is an incredible collection of cosmonaut gear and other soviet space memorabilia coming available at auction in a few days. It falls on the 55th anniversary of the first successful landing of a space probe on the moon. It’s no surprise that these artifacts come at a high price, but they are a great look into space exploration’s history. One of my favorite pieces has to be the book of photographs of American space suit models, secretly brought back to Russia; evidence of espionage during the Cold War. You can find more photographs and history of the items up for bid on AuctionataFast Co. Design.