Happy New Year!

Taking the rest of the week off from blogging since I'll be busy celebrating the New Year with friends. My most heartfelt thanks for your continued support and Happy New Year to ALL!
See you on Monday!

The Kaleidoscope House

The Kaleidoscope House, was conceived and designed by Laurie Simmons and architect Peter Wheelwright
as a collaborative project with Bozart Toys which produces toys with leading contemporary artists. The 1:12 scale modernist architectural house, with sliding transparent color walls, invites children and adults to fill it with an accessory line of modern furniture from contemporary furniture designers including Dakota Jackson, Karim Rashid, Ron Arad, Keiser/ Newman and Robert Kitchen. The house features paintings, photographs and sculpture by Peter Halley, Carroll Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Cindy Sherman, Mel Kendrick, Mel Bochner and realistic "action figures" of the artist, architect and family. As the interchangeable exterior walls of the dollhouse slide open and overlap one another, their colors change in hue and value.
For more info visit Laurie's website.

Splash of Color

A Fire-King mug is a milk glass, jadeite, azurite or vitrock coffee mug or sometimes cup, which was made by American company Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation (Anchor Hocking) between about 1940 through about 1979. Collectors can find these mugs for sale on ebay. There are also a lot of Japanese websites that offer the mugs as the Japanese love Fire-King.

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Re-Making the World

Frederique Morrel's creations are carefully "re-made" by hand, using found vintage materials. This husband and wife team wanders from region to region, from town to town, scouting out the rare pieces that they are missing. They revel the find: the popular artifact that already embodies the creative energy of an ancestor.
They use that energy to make their own creations more powerful and unique.
For more info visit their website.

Fragments of a Dream

Born in Mexico, raised in Israel and from an Argentine family, Pancho Tolchinsky is a traveller that collects imaginary corners around the world. His pictures invite us to pause and contemplate each common scene as a fragment of a dream.
See more of Pancho's work here.

Taking America to Lunch

For generations, the lunch containers many of us have hauled to school and work have reflected American culture. No meal has received more cultural attention to its transport than our lunch. Of all the bags, boxes, trays, cans, and cartons carried over the past century, the most message-laden is the child's metal lunch box. This selection of boxes and drink containers from the collections of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History explores that colorful heritage.
For more info visit the Museum's website.

Iconic Alphabet

Working closely with the State Library, Design agency Frost* came up with a way to take fragments of visuals of their collections and compose them into letters of the alphabet. This creative process began with O, U and T, and so began their campaign to take the Library OUT into the community.
Find out more about the project here.

Book Works

Robert The creates objects that evangelize their own relevance by a direct fusion of word and form. Books (many culled from dumpsters and thrift store bins) are lovingly vandalized back to life so they can assert themselves against the culture which turned them into debris.

See more of Robert's work here.

A Very Eames Christmas

These Christmas cards are from the Library of Congress nearly 1,000,000-item collection of photographs, drawings, films, slides and manuscripts from Charles and Ray Eames. The Eameses saved hundreds of cards from friends, family and colleagues--some among the greatest artists and designers of our time.
More info here.

Taking the rest of the week off from blogging as I am busy visiting friends and family for the holidays, see you on Monday!
In the meantime, peruse through the Junkculture archives, and of course...Happy Holidays!

Matchbook Pillows

I just love the beautiful mix of colors and bold designs of these pillows inspired by vintage match boxes. Made by the Koko Company , the pillows are made of printed cotton and ready to add panache to any room.
Available for purchase here.

The Snowflake Man

A self educated farmer, Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley attracted world attention with his pioneering work in the area of photomicrography, most notably his extensive work with snow crystals (commonly known as snowflakes). By adapting a microscope to a bellows camera, and years of trial and error, he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal in 1885.
More info here.

Striking Design

This colorful set of vintage matchbooks was a wonderful flea market find by Mary & Matt. The set was created by American graphic designer Saul Bass for Hunt-Wesson in 1964. I’ve never seen these before and I must admit I'm a bit jealous!
You can find more info about Saul Bass here.

Suburban Facades

Over the course of four years Julia Baum has studied and photographically explored a set of suburban tract homes located in Santa Clara, California built during the 1950’s. Over the past 50 years these Houses have transformed from modest white cubes into a vibrant display of personality and present a rebellion against conformity. Her work asserts that human individuality cannot be contained. Inevitably it shines through even the most average facade.
See more of Julia's work here.

Modern Times

George Nelson was one of the founders of American Modernism, along with Charles and Ray Eames. He is probably most well known for furniture, industrial, exhibition, and urban design, but his firm, George Nelson Associates, also designed a large series of wall and table clocks for the Howard Miller company.
More photos here.

Double Takes

Brooklyn artist Michael DeLucia incorporates industrial materials (brooms, mops, chain link fences) into his sculptures. He uses objects as if they're materials, allowing them to define the form.

Organized Collections

Artist Camilla Engman finds pleasure in organizing things in to groups, like shapes or colours, so she started an organized collection group on Flickr. If you are a collector and you'd like to play along, join in!
More photos and info here.

The Museum of Online Museums

The MoOM (Museum of Online Museums) gathers 150+ Web sites of museums, galleries and exhibitions covering a vast array of interests and obsessions.
Visit their website here.

Grand in Isolation

Kim Høltermand is a Danish photographer focusing mainly on architecture. The toning and style of his photos is definitely influenced by the fact that he used to work as a graphic designer. He use tight angles, clean lines and high contrast for a more graphic looking image, hoping to reinvent architecture photography with a style that is more organic.
Visit his website here.


"Mercantico" is a  campaign created by Swiss designer Demian Conrad to promote a flea market in Bellinzona, Switzerland.  The idea of the campaign is to capture the attention of the audience by creating artistic and unusual compositions of vintage objects.
More info about the project here.

Faces of the City

Dan Bergeron's  Face of the City series combines the abrasive charm found in the distressed surfaces of modern cities with the intimate familiarity of the prominent features of the human face. As the walls and surfaces of the city define its physical character and spatial identity, the faces of its inhabitants provide the city with its personality, disposition and magnetism. The fusion of these two entities will simultaneously expose the frailty of urban architecture and to a certain extent human existence, while conversely exploring the idea that beauty truly lies in the scars, wrinkles and blemishes of places we live and people we meet.
More about the project here.

Tale of a Typeface

There is a common belief that Helvetica is the signage typeface of the New York City subway system. But it is not true - or rather, it is only somewhat true. Helvetica is the official typeface of the MTA today, but it was not the typeface specified by Unimark International when they created the signage system at the end of the 1960s. Why was Helvetica not chosen originally? what was chosen in its place? why is Helvetica now used? when did the changeover occur? Paul Shaw answers these questions in his book Helvetica and the New York City Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story.
Find more info about the book here.

Radios of the Plastic Age

Galessa is a designer from Brazil interested in the history of design and architecture.
He is also a plastic collector, and  over the years he has put together an amazing collection of plastic radios from the 19th century.
Click here to view this amazing Flickr set .

Flotsum and Jetsam

Flotsum and Jetsam is a unique and captivating coffee table created with driftwood washed up on local beaches. The pieces of timber were trimmed to size, wire brushed, coloured, waxed and placed on a minimal raw black steel frame. Unique markings, stamps, holes and hardware in the wood alludes to the origins of each individual piece of driftwood.
Marcus O'Reilly Architects is currently making driftwood tables to order. There are two standard sizes available which can be purchased via email or by phone.
For more info visit their website here.

Colour Study

Designer Michael Surtees takes pictures of the sky from his Manhattan apartment every day. It wasn’t until he started noticing that most mornings have a really unique colour to the sky that he thought there might be something to comparing the colour day to day. The resulting series is surprisingly beautiful.
More photos here.

Wonderful Writing Machines

Martin Howard has been collecting antique typewriters since 1988. Over the years he has put together a collection of typewriters dating from the 1880s to the early 1900s. This online collection contains many rare and historically important machines plus a fine array of decorated ribbon tins, mechanical devices, advertising and letterheads from the period.

More about the collection here.

The Art Card

Artists' Homemade Christmas Cards is a new Smithsonian exhibit featuring over a 100 holiday cards  from artists such as Alexander Calder and Philip Guston.
The cards in this exhibition were not made for commercial use, they were for friends and family and represent a fresher approach to a tradition that for many of us is something of a chore.
More photos here.

The Modern Gingerbread House

Last year Creative Room challenged some of Vancouver's top Architects and Designers to reinvision the traditional typology of the gingerbread house. The competition was a candy-filled homage to The Case Study House Program organized by Arts and Architecture Magazine from 1945 to 1964. We asked the entrants to do away with ubiquitous veneer of jujubes and smarties in an effort to re-interpret the gingerbread house within a modern context. The results were outstanding!
Visit their website for more info.

Wants for Sale

Buffallo wings, an iPhone, a million dollars, sleep. Those are some of the things that the creators of this website gallery want, and just some of the paintings you'll find on this site.
Each painting shows one thing they want, and sells for the price of the real item. So you can buy A Slice of Pepperoni for $3.00 or Dinner at Nobu for $152.00. When the painting sells they use the money to go out and buy that thing. Genious!
Visit the website gallery here.

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Kevin Bauman: 100 Abandoned Houses

Kevin Bauman started documenting abandoned houses 10 years ago. His curiosity with the urban decay associated with Detroit has turned into the 100 Abandoned Houses project. His landscapes, do not always reflect the idyllic scene most often portrayed by the traditional landscape photograph or painting and his images often remind us of the chaotic post-industrial landscapes of urban cities.

Hidden Forest

Lizzie Thomas is an artist based in Brighton, Sussex, UK. Her pieces are inspired from researching the meaning of “the forest” and “the woodcutter” in fairytales. She is currently writing her own tale about a woodsman that crafts his own forest from wood. Using traditional carpenters folding rulers she has created pieces that illustrate his efforts The pocket size rules spring up to create a shadowy forest that moves.
See more of Lizzie's work here.

Vintage Greetings

In 2002 Vigo purchased the assets of IMP Press and the copyrights to textile designer Walter Erhard’s card lines. Walter Erhard produced this range of Christmas cards under the name of 'IMP Press' from the late 1950's through to the end of the 1960's. He's won many awards and is recognised in many contemporary design manuals. Walter is considered to be one of the most progressive designers of the day.
Visit Vigo Productions if you'd like to purchase a box of these faboo cards.

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New Territory

Chris Kenny produces an unexpected kind of poetry with his three-dimensional ‘drawings’ and constructions made from twigs, fragments of maps and strips of found text. Kenny’s collage constructions bring together materials in an almost painterly way, he says that he replaces ‘the cartographer’s logic with an absurd imaginative system.
See more of Kenny's work here.