Posts Tagged ‘English design’

Door by Door Sixteen

Friday, May 1st, 2009

I’m mesmerized by this door photo by Anna Dorfman-Stark, whose Door Sixteen is one of my favourite blogs. This amazing doorway is in New York City, and I’m probably going to think of it as “door sixteen” from now on. Anna is a book cover designer, so I’m not surprised she loves these doors – double doors always look like a bookcover to me.

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Interiors from the film Tommy, 1975

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Ann Margret as Nora Walker Hobbs in Ken Russell’s 1975 film “Tommy.” This scene, not to mention the whole film, was absolutely formative for me (and apparently I’m not alone). It opens with a drunk Nora watching TV in her all-white glam boudoir. On the TV screen is an ad for baked beans, “Fit For A Queen.” She throws a champagne bottle through the TV set, and soap suds and baked beans pour out into the white bedroom.

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More Furniture in 24 Hours – 4 pieces

Friday, January 9th, 2009

A final post on great DIY furniture from Spiros Zakas’ 1979 “More Furniture in 24 Hours” book. If you want the building plans for any of  these pieces, go to this Flickr set. The plans for the long bench chair at top, “Sculptural Seating by Gigi Hernaez”, are at the bottom of this post—click below or see Flickr.

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Paul Smith, books and art

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Paul Smith is not only the classic English mischievous rogue type, and a self-effacing dandy, but he also reads. I wish he would drop by our studio. The photo of his cluttered office is from Vancouver magazine The Block. There’s a funny story there about an anonymous fan who’s been sending him objects in the mail, with Smith’s address and the correct number of postage stamps just stuck to the surface of the object itself.

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Barbara Brown on The Textile Blog.

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

 

English textile designer Barbara Brown produced these superb textiles in the 60s and 70s. We found her designs by chance on The Textile Blog, a well-written site out of England covering “the history of interiors and interior furnishings over the last three centuries.” The writer is John Hopper, a trained textile designer from Cornwall.

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Oak Rooms – Gentlemen’s Club in Notting Hill

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Seriously, is there still such a thing as a gentlemen’s club? Alright, so if we’re going to have gender segregation, then women might want a club too, in my case a women’s club where people can talk about books or politics or even men but where no one ever mentions Sex and the City.

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