Curiosities: Robert Hessler



I did a little reading on the Still House blog when I was posting last week’s Good Goods, and came across these beautiful porcelain vases by Robert Hessler. This is not your typical porcelain. Robert works with zinc based glazes that form crystals when they are slowly cooled. He adds different amounts of cobalt, zinc, iron silver, and tin oxides that result in a unique pattern every time. These two at Still House are among my favorites, but he has a large collection and a wide variety of colors and shapes on his site. (ᔥ Still House Blog)

Exteriors: Yener Torun’s Colorful Istanbul

Yener Torun

Architect Yener Torun moved to Istanbul 14 years ago. For the past year he has scoured the city for these hard to find, and quite unexpected, glimpses of Istanbul.

You can follow Yener’s search on Instagram.

Curiosities: Xu Yong, Negatives



“Unlike digital photographs, which can be manipulated, negatives never lie,” Xu Yong on his most recent work, Negatives. It is a collection of 64 previously unpublished photographs from the protests prior to Tiananmen Square. To see the photographs in their true colors you must use your phone and find Settings> General> Accessibility> Invert Colors. Read more about Xu Yong on the NYT article. (↬ Sara Jamshidi at Design Observer)

Curiosities: Viktor Wynd’s Cabinet of Wonders






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







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.