Posts Tagged ‘design’

Wallpaper Sale!

Monday, March 5th, 2012

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mosaic made from the covers of issues 1-15 of Wallpaper* Magazine
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We’ve been having a bit of a spring clean this week. We’re letting go of a few things – one of the first things is this collection of Wallpaper* Magazines.

The group consists of the very rare and covetable launch edition and the following fourteen issues – they span late 1996 to late 1998.

They’re currently up for sale as a single lot on eBay!

Tuesday Huesday: Charley Harper’s Octoberama

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

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Charley Harper's "Octoberama" open edition lithograph print

Long-time followers of our blog will know that we love the art of Charley Harper. This one, entitled ‘Octoberama’ is one of our favourites!

He was very prolific and his work can be found as originals artworks, prints, books, calendars, stationery, mouse mats… the list goes on & on. All of which can be bought from either the Charley Harper estate website or Amazon UK or USA.

Tuesday Huesday: Paul Smith designed London 2012 Olympic stamps

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

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Isle of Man commemorative stamp depicting a bicycle designed by Paul Smith for the London 2012 Olympic Games

We’re big fans of postage stamps here at H is for Home and this gorgeous example was designed by British fashion designer, Paul Smith. It’s one of a set he recently designed for the Isle of Man to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Oh, and did you know that Paul Smith is a HUGE cycling fan?

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair ’11

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

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Ken Eardley ceramic jugs and spoons on display

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2011 is being held this weekend in Manchester city centre – we went to the preview night on Thursday.

a selection of Ken Eardley ceramics on display shelves

It was great to see designer-makers whose work we’ve long admired – there was also the thrill of seeing fresh, new exhibitors.

a selection of Ken Eardley ceramics on display shelves with a recent article about him in BBC Homes & Antiques magazine open on a table

We featured Ken Eardley, whose ceramics are shown above in last year’s GNCCF blog post – once again, his stand had real impact. Things are going really well for him with magazine features such as this recent one in BBC Homes & Antiques.

a display of Jane Blease's handcrafted wooden artworks, lampshades and jewellery

Another striking space belonged to Jane Blease who works primarily with bentwood & reclaimed plastic often with her characteristic hand worked thread detailing. A recent artist residency in India has clearly inspired some of Jane’s new pieces. It’s interesting charting artists’ new developments & influences.

a display of Jane Blease's handcrafted wooden jewellery

The Radiance stand belonging to Hannah Nunn always delivers the goods – her hand cut paper light shades look great when displayed en masse…

a display of Hannah Nunn's Radiance mini lamps

…and we loved her new seed pod window hangings.

detail of the display of Hannah Nunn's Radiance newly designed seedpod window/wall hanging a display of Hannah Nunn's Radiance newly designed seedpod window/wall hanging

Ruth Green, who we’ve seen at GNCCF in previous years, also had some lovely new works…

display of Ruth Green's limited edition framed prints

…and she’s also branched out into illustrated books, notebooks & note cards.

display of Ruth Green's limited edition prints, posters and illustrated books & notebooks

With autumn setting in, Andrea Lord’s &made display offered some warm seasonal comforts…

display of &Made's cream coloured hand knitted mug cosy with grey felt cushion in the background

…such as these gorgeous cushions & cosies.

display of &Made's yellow ochre hand knitted tea cosies

As we mentioned earlier, it’s really exciting to discover new makers and their work…

Gemma Truman's seagrass & glass works inspired by weaverbirds' nests

…we’ll highlight just a couple who made an impact on us.

The first was Gemma Truman, whose hand-blown glass & seagrass hangings and vases are absolutely exquisite – they’re inspired by South African weaverbird nests. We also thought they were very reminiscent of those old fashioned glass fishing net floats.

detail from Gemma Truman's seagrass & glass works inspired by weaverbirds' nests

Second was Louise Hibbert.

display of Louise Hibbert's wooden salt & pepper mills

Her pieces have a natural feel and use subtle, earthy, yet striking colours.

display of Louise Hibbert's wooden salt & pepper mills

As you can see from her salt & pepper mills, they’re organic, tactile and oh so beautiful – they just cry out to be picked up, handled and caressed.

display of Louise Hibbert's coloured wooden salt & pepper mills

The show runs till this Sunday, so visit if you can! We’ve only featured homewares in this post, but there’s also lots of jewellery and fashion on display… and all of it’s for sale… so go on, get your Christmas shopping done early!

Bookmarks: Menu Design in America

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

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"Menu Design in America" book surrounded by vintage menus

We have a really fabulous book for today’s Bookmarks post.

front page from "Menu Design in America"

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It’s Menu Design in America, 1850-1985 by Steven Heller & John Mariani and edited by Jim Heimann.

'Ale Ale Kai' Tiki-style menu

The Blackhawk and Club Ballyhoo menus

The book charts the history of menu design in America in the 19th & 20th centuries.

Bond Fifth Avenue Flight Deck menu

Billy Rose's Casa Manana menu

The menus featured inevitably incorporate the evolution & development of food.

The French Casino Theatre menu

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But they also draw in American and social history, politics, immigration, civil rights, prohibition, social taboos & norms for various eras – some of which can be eye openers.

Hotel Sahara, Las Vegas 'Congo Room' menu

Adams-Sheetz Drive-in menu

Fans of graphic design, illustration and typography will also be in heaven!

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El Rancho Vegas menu

There’s a broad subject overview at the start of the book, followed by further insightful captions on each page.

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Empire Dinner menu

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They add details for specific venues or menus – artists/designers, who owned/frequented an establishment, its popularity, dates, details about the food – chefs, new introductions, where items may have been sourced etc.

Fountain Room menu

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In some cases, there are accompanying photographs of the actual restaurant locations, buildings, interiors and the diners themselves.

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The menus are the real stars of this book, of course. There are nearly 400 pages crammed full of fabulous examples. Both the stunning covers and their menu contents will give hours of visual pleasure.

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We’ve included lots of images for this post, but even this is only a small portion of those contained within the book.

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Howard Johnson's 'delicious food' menu

Art Nouveau to Art Deco, Jazz age to Space age – it’s all in here!

John's Island Cafe menu

Kon-Tiki menu

The menus are sourced from hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, diners, steamships, cruise ships, trains & planes.

'Tropicana' menu

'Mario's Pizza House' menu

We know one thing though – after browsing this book for an hour we were starving!

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'mixed drinks' menu

Some of the menus had up to a hundred items to choose from.

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There are familiar dishes such as steaks & burgers (done in a myriad of different ways of course).

Orbit Dining Room Coffee Shop menu

Well of the Sea menu

Others have choices that were new to us – ‘stewed terrapin with hominy’, ‘fried smelts with figaro sauce’, ‘calfs head en tortue’.

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There are enjoyable aspects to take from all the menus – our favourites in terms of design & artwork are those dating from the 1930s and the 1950s. There’s a few in this book we’d love to add to our collection.

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We started acquiring vintage menus some time ago. In fact, we’ve blogged about the subject before.

Sea Cave menu

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We love both the artwork and browsing the dishes on offer. They can be stored in a folder, but also look great framed – and as you can see from the wonderful examples in this book, the designs can be just stunning.

Stan's menu

Subway Cafe 507 menu

So we were sold even before opening a page, but if you are a newcomer to the subject, this book can be enjoyed as pure eye candy or will provide a fascinating insight into the history of a nation through its culinary culture.

Supper Hotel Pennsylvania menu

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Mouth-watering stuff – we can highly recommend it!

Town and Country menu

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Menu Design in America, 1850-1985 is also available from Hive and the H is for Home vintage design bookshops – UK & US

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[Many thanks to Taschen for supplying this review copy]