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Curiosities: Viktor Wynd’s Cabinet of Wonders

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Viktor Wynd is a collector, but he sees it as an enjoyable burden and a sickness. His book is a look into his home, his shop, and a peek into a few other collections. There is a chaos in these images, but at the same time it feels cozy and homey. If curiosities are not your thing, then your skin would probably crawl. In addition to the book, his Little Shop of Horrors was transformed into a Museum, with the help of Kickstarter. It’s on my must see list, for London.

I took the photographs of the book that you see here, but the book itself was photographed by Oskar Proctor and illustrated by Theater of Dolls

Curiosities: Amy Bennett

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Amy Bennett constructs a narrative in miniatures and then paints it. The result is something strange and unique. The detail of the paintings looks both real an faux, and the high unusual angles are wonderful. Most of these paintings are a few years old. I’m not sure what Bennett is up to these days, but I’d be really interested in seeing some more work from her. All of the images came from the Richard Heller Gallery site.

Design Curiosities: Josh Cochran

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Josh Cochran is a Brooklyn based illustrator and teacher at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He also fills in as an art director for the New York Times Op-Ed page on occasion. Josh’s first children’s book, Inside and Out: New York, was published this past September by Big Picture Press. It looks pretty amazing.

Curiosities: Harriet Lee-Merrion

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Harriet Lee-Merrion’s illustrations are made up of beautifully simple line work, some drastic angles, and a distinct color palate. She is part of a group of illustrators in Falmouth, Beginning, Middle and End Collective, who’s three frame story books are intriguing. A fairly recent graduate, Harriet is definitely an artist to watch. I can’t wait to see what more she has to offer. Some prints are available in her shop, here.

Curiosities: Queens Museum Panorama

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If you ever visit NYC, I’d consider hitting the Queens Museum for a great view of the scaled down city and boroughs. The 9335 square foot, 1:1200 scale miniature was created for the 1964 world’s fair, and was completed over three years. The museum itself is a beautiful space and was redesigned by Rafael Viñoly in the nineties. They are many great exhibitions in addition to the panoroma and the giant metal world fountain out back. The branding and identity for the Museum is worth mentioning as well. ※ photographs by dc