Trick or Treat!


Check out this amazing collection of Vintage German Halloween decorations on Flickr. Happy Halloween! Have a great weekend!

More photos here.

The Art of Repetition

Michael Johansson is fascinated by flea markets. Walking around to find doubles of seemingly unique, though often useless, objects he has already purchased at another flea market, is not only an inquisitive activity for him but part of his working process. The rules compelling him in selecting things at flea markets are also central to his art practice. Engaging directly with these objects, manipulating them, juxtaposing them against each other or representing them in a new context is his method of work.
See more of Michael's work here.

Industrial Iconography

Bernd and Hilla Becher first collaborated on photographing and documenting the disappearing German industrial architecture in 1959, and had their first Gallery exhibition in 1963. They were fascinated by the similar shapes in which certain buildings were designed. These images of structures with similar functions were then displayed side by side to invite viewers to compare their forms and designs. These structures included barns, water towers, storage silos, and warehouses.

View the online portfolio here.

Child's Play


Using a combination of found utensils and apparatus to create his works, Dicky Graham recreates a family of animals that peer through eyes of light bulbs, that pull tongues with the finger tips of red gloves and walk along with the keys of old piano’s. His Character-filled works nod to Marcel Duchamp’s ready-mades and also reveal the idiosyncrasies of objects in our everyday lives through their imperceptible and overlooked details.
See more of Dicky's work here.

Transmission Atelier


In the spirit of the art printers of 19th century Europe, leveraging the most advanced - modern digital imaging methods, Transmission Atelier is a publisher and a fine art printmaker producing superior quality art and photo editions. Based in Chicago, the Studio works with artists, galleries, museums, dealers and collectors.
Visit their online shop here.

(found via apartment therapy)

Graphic Culture


I just stumbled upon this site featuring the work of Hungarian graphic designer, Paul Gabor. This collection of his designs from 1930 to 1956,  is chock full of  gorgeous vintage advertising ephemera and most of it looks like current graphic designs that I love.

See the collection here.

The Phenomenon of Light



While in residence at the Baltimore Museum of Industry during the last two years, Catherine Wagner was given access to their 50,000+ collection of historic light bulbs. The resulting series of photographs titled A Narrative History of the Light Bulb embodies both sculptural installation and photography. Wagner creates arrangements of bulbs that she then photographs with an 8 by 10 view camera in order to record the glass enclosures and the delicate filaments in stunning detail.
More photographs here.

New Order



Anu Tuominen is a collector, an avid visitor to flea markets, a dumpster diver. She walks on the seashore, searching for tiny treasures. She stores the things she finds in her home until some day they might become art. "Wherever I go, I see interesting details and entities worth studying and thinking about. I notice things that never occurred to me before, whose existence I never suspected. Every day brings me the joy of discovering treasures."
See more of Anu's work here.




Posters for the People


Of the 2,000 WPA posters known to exist, the Library of Congress's collection of more than 900 is the largest. These striking silkscreen, lithograph, and woodcut posters were designed to publicize health and safety programs; cultural programs including art exhibitions, theatrical, and musical performances; travel and tourism.
Enjoy this Flickr set here.

Letters from Eine


Eine specialises in massive workings of letters across shop fronts. Most people who stop him when he is painting the letters on the shutters are happy to have finally met the “letter man.” Sometimes he gets asked if he would paint their shops and so far no one has punched him on the side of the head.
Check out the Flickr photo pool here.

Object Culture


Recording engineer and music producer Michael Jack has amassed an amazing collection of 1,100 transistor radios including the world’s first transistor radio- the Regency TR-1, The extremely rare Sony TR-5 (a re-design of Sony’s very first radio ever) plus many classic “Made in the U.S.A.” sets and the best of “Made in Japan”.
You can check out his gi-normous Flickr Pool here.

Western Frieze

Bryan Schutmaat hails from Texas. He likes to photograph vacant landscapes, buildings and interiors that seem aged (or timeless), and places without brand names and where light functions well. Places that seem devoid of distraction facilitate his process, which is often times an effort to simplify what he sees.
Check out Bryan's site here.

Do Not Disturb


When Michael Lebowitz's grandfather passed away last year, his family gathered to go through all his belongings. He had been in the foreign service and he had filled a whole wall of his study with hotel door hangers from all his travels throughout the world.
See the collection here.

Art on Paper



Cigpapers.co.uk is a catalogue of cigarette rolling papers designed as an aid to collectors. The motivation for this site arose due to the lack of any significant resources where such items can be identified, displayed, dated and other information realised. Here you will find some amazing examples of vintage cover art.

Lost Found Art


Lost Found Art is a unique design company that specializes in sculptural installations and assemblages using antique and vintage pieces. Their works are created with an eye to scale, balance, color and surface interest, and the end result is a strong visual statement that combines artistic statement, whimsy, form and uniqueness.
Visit their website here.

Kidimo


Nicolas Flachot has been exploring all the antique fairs and flea markets for years. The quest for shop signs has even turned to an addictive and compulsive hobby for this industrial art lover, to such an extent that he decided to launch his own decoration brand.
The trigger was when he found at Saint-Ouen flea market the three letters of his daughter’s name, Lou. Then Kidimo was launched!
Kidimo consists of a range of words made of zinc, Bakelite or wood letters. Initially part of shop signs, these letters are turned away from their basic purpose and gathered to rewrite a new story in your own interior.
Visit the website here.

Food as Art


Peter Anton likes to alter and overstate foods to give them new meanings. He has an innate reverence for the things we eat. Food brings people together and there is no better way to celebrate life. Through the use of humor, scale, irony, and intensity in his forms, the foods we take for granted become aesthetically pleasing and seductive in atypical ways. He likes to create art that can lure, charm, tease, disarm and surprise.
See more of Peter's work here.

Style and Industry


Here is an  amazing Flickr stream of Olivetti marketing and promotional graphic design from the mid-20th century, definitely some inspiring work.
You'll find more fascinating images here.

The Modern Dollhouse


The Puppenhausmuseum is a virtual museum of dollhouses, miniature furniture  and department stores of the 50’s 60’s and 70’s.
This is the most amazing collection of modern dollhouse furniture, a microcosm of modern design.
Be prepared to spend hours browsing the galleries.
More pictures here.

Perfecting the Weave


C. J. Pyle uses found paper and a ballpoint pen for the major part of his work.
He likes making two-color portraits because creating an image with limited color is much more challenging.
His "wave" technique was developed when he was a musician, playing rock clubs from the mid-seventies into the early nineties.
You'll find more fascinating images of his work here.

Mix and Match


Mixies is a 1950’s mix and match card game with endless possibilities.


Can’t remember the linkage source.. but the scans are on takeabreak’s Flickr.

Museum Of Bad Art


The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA) is a community-based, private institution dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory.
Visit the MOBA online.

Pick Your Number


House numbers are everywhere, but are seldom seen as designed objects. Medium Studio invited 10 typographers and graphic designers from different backgrounds, countries and ages to design a house number between 1 and 9.
More about the project here.

Take a Dream For a Walk

Marrigje De Maar has been taking pictures of interiors since 2002. In the beginning she worked in worn out, rejected buildings, later she concentrated on private homes.
Interiors tell stories about people. In public space people follow the global trends and fashions. In their homes they tend to make other choices. The private space is the only place where we are ourselves.The personal story is told inside the privacy of our home.
More photos here.

Morbid Anatomy


Morbid Anatomy is a project begun in 2007 to survey the interstices of art and medicine, death and culture. The Morbid Anatomy Library houses the ever-growing collection of books, catalogs, photographs, articles, ephemera and artifacts as source material for the ongoing Morbid Anatomy endeavor.
For more info visit the blog.

Trainspotters


Trainspotters are dealers in selective architectural salvage & period decorative items, focusing on 20th Century lighting and reclaimed industrial design. Their stock includes period and industrial lighting, clocks, posters, industrial salvage, medicalia, railwayana, furniture and an array of unusual antique curiosities and one-off finds.
Visit their site here.

Mistake the Beautiful


Brian Dalton aka Mistake the Beautiful produces freelance photo-illustration and design in Portland, OR.
His latest photographic assemblages of unusual found objects are delightfully vivid and somewhat surreal.
See more of Brian's work here.

Striking Graphics


Great collection of Matchbook design from the days of yesteryear.
Enjoy this Flickr set here.

Rewilderness


Dan Planko likes to create objects that make people smile. The idea for the Rewilderness Project came when he saw these old hunting trophies at his cousin's home in Slovenia. He decided to make the trophy heads using salvaged bits of lamps and furniture parts.
Read the full article here.

Clothes Peg Iconography


The peg is a simple object - usually made of up of three parts - plain and with a clear defined purpose.
For that reason it is fascinating to observe the endless variations on such a simple basic concept.
The exhibition from the collections of yoav ziv and gad charny, contains nearly 300 pegs, old and new, from all over the world.
Read the entire article here.



Second Hand


Karen Ryan  damages second hand plates and removes the decorative patterns that camouflage our everyday lies, in its place she leave words that prick our conscience and create portraits of hidden domestics left open for others to interpret.
More about the artist here.

Plastics in the 20th Century


War effort made plastics industry boom. Many new materials developed just previous to war were fundamental in war effort like Nylon, Acrylic, Polyester and Synthetic Rubbers. After 1945 the market was flooded with plastic goods due to the inflated capacity of the industry. Plastics are the materials of choice for the Consumerist culture as it evolved from the 1940s on.
More images here.

Objects & Literature



Absolute Sellout is a minimalist online store with a small,  limited quantity, collection of objects and literature for your purchase.
Visit their site here.

Peep

 
This photo-series by design studio Raw Color plays with the perception of stuffed birds.
These animals led their life and are now nothing more than an image of themselves. They are no longer flying or whistling. Masked by their former voice they are revealing themselves in a different view.
Through a mix of color, letters and image the series evolves to an universal form of language. 
More images here.

Velveteria


Velveteria is a museum in Portland, Oregon dedicated to the art of velvet paintings. They have over 2000 velvet paintings in their collection. They rotate a display of around 350 paintings for public viewing.
For more fascinating images visit their website.

Where They Create


Paul Barbera is an interior photographer who created an amazing online project called "Where They Create", where he's photographed the work spaces of artists and creatives.

Visit his site here.

Cardboard Wonders


Chris Gilmour, an English artist based in Italy, re-creates objects and machines using only packing cardboard and glue. His exceptional sculptures require lots of concentration, patience and time, but the results are amazing!
You'll find more fascinating images of his work on his website.

Awkward!

Aaron Ruell’s photos are deliciously quirky! His wicked attention to detail and his deadpan sense of humor makes every shot absolutely perfect.
Visit his site here.

Sound & Paper




QSL cards are personalized postcards that were used as a record of contact between CB radio (and other two-way radio) operators. Think of them as a proto-internet, a social network made of sound and paper. They are a little bit postcard, a little bit cartoon, a little bit mail art, a little bit folk art, a little bit outsider/naive art, a little bit ephemera.
Click here to see more cards from a private collection on Flickr.