Collection Completed

If you remember my post about the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia (http://aprilreneegraves.blogspot.com/2009/01/russian-crimial-tattoo-encyclopedia.html), holding off has paid handsomely as the prices have significantly decreased.  For a mere, $45 on Amazon Volumes I and III now rest sweetly, fulfilling a perfect candy coloured pairing.

Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia is published by Fuel Design and Publishing, of London.

Next on the wish list is Kevin Cummins's 'Juvenes: The Joy Division Photographs.'  With a limited edition of 226, 200 numbered (GBP 200) and 26 signed (GBP 500), let the searching begin for limited edition photos and a selection of personal essays from Ian Rankin, Cath Carroll and David Peace.

Selectism article here.  Again, supported by Pauly-boy.  





Nice Gun.



the obvious


Cords, All Whales Welcome.

For corduroy enthusiasts, join the semi annual (always on 1/11 and 1/11) Corduroy Appreciation Club.


science nerds

Manhattan Egg

Clerkenwell designer Sarah Herriot's Manhattan Egg.


everything is bigger in texas

the new Dallas performing arts center... inspiration in the patterns



smile for twee

basically if you could see me now i'm dancing around like this, yes listening to electronic renaissance...if i practice hard enough maybe i'll look as sly as stuart murdoch.


Rabbit Habit.

Mr. Hare. A Black Shoe Company. 
“When you absolutely, positively got to kill every motherfucker in the room. Accept no substitutes.”

or any of these will do too...

Mr. Hare, because I love hares. Available at Dover Street Market.

Hot Lips!

London based jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge is a self-taught designer that makes funky, kitsch pieces to adore.  Her latest enamel piece "Hot Lips" is part of the RED campaign.  For more information visit the boutique at 187 Westbourne Grove in London or 809 Madison Avenue in New York.

Special RED edition

Super fabulous "Union Flag" (a little birdie told the flag is only called the Union Jack when at sea)

"Broken Heart"

Interview with Solange Azagury-Partidge: http://designmuseum.org/design/solange-azagury-partridge

Big Bean

You meet eaters may think this is a bloody kidney, but it's a bean. A fancy bean at that made from American cherry wood or walnut. The latest from Roberto Lazzeroni for Ceccotti Collezioni.


Gentlemen of Bacongo

The Gentleman of Bacongo, photographed by Daniele Tamagni captures the dandy lives of sapeurs or members of the Society of Ambianceurs and Persons of Elegance.  Sapeurs are patron saints to the likes of Pierre Cardin, Roberto Cavalli, Dior, Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace and Yohji Yamamoto.  Published by Trolley Books, preface written by Paul Goodwin - Cross Cultural Curator at the Tate Gallery, London.
Exhibition at the London Newcastle Project Space 19-29th of November 2009.

Gentlemen of Bacongo was also the inspiration of Sir Paul Smith's Spring 2010 Women's Collection.


Eco Home at the Geffrey Museum

Not only does the Geffrye Museum have a brilliant logo, but they also have an online resource for textiles.  The museum features furniture, textiles, paintings and decorative arts which are displayed in a series of period rooms from 1600 to present day.


Check out these patterns found in the 1950-1960s section.

Title / Model:Parapluie (pattern name)
Date:1950-1960 (designed)
Period:Twentieth century (1900-1999)
Name:Baratti, F. (designer)
Place:Netherlands (designed)
Material/Technique:woven cotton fabric, printed

Title / Model:Atomic (textile design name)
Date:1950-1957 (manufactured)
Period:Twentieth century (1900-1999)
Name:Hertzberger, W (designer)
Turnbull and Stockdale Ltd & Great Britain (manufacturer)
Place:England (manufactured)
Material/Technique:machine woven crepe cotton

Date:1950-1960 (manufactured)
Period:Twentieth century (1900-1999)
Material/Technique:glazed cotton fabric, printed

Showing at the museum currently is an Eco Home exhibit with works such as this winged armchair by Squint.

The Geffrye Museum located at: Kingsland Road London E2 8EA Tel: 020 7739 9893



Reflective Patterns: Nigel Coates

One could spend a lifetime following Nigel Coates (1949), but for the sake of personal exploration here are three intriguing lighting pieces.

Cloudelier  Swarovski Crystal Palace, 2009

Euroluce new collections, Pacis mini  Slamp, 2009

Gina  Swarovski/Slamp, 2001

Nigel Coates is a professor at the Royal College of Art specializing in architecture, interior and product design.

Click here to link to Nigel Coates' website.


Free Art Fair

Cathy Lomax, Man Mask, 2009

The Free Art Fair at the Barbican featuring the likes of Marlene Duma, Bob & Roberta Smith, Robin Mason, Harry Pye, Artists Anonymours and Geraldine Swayne who will be giving away their works!  Exhibiting over 50 pieces of artwork organized without a penny for the budget, without commercial constraints, pop by and claim your change by sumbitting an application form during closing day gala, on Sunday 18th October. Art will be given away with people drawn at random.

The Barbican
2 - 18 October 2009
Foyer, Level G

Tickets: Free
Times: Open daily 9am-10pm
Except Fri 16 Oct 6.30pm-10pm
Sun 18 Oct 11am-2pm
Closing Day Gala: 2-5pm

Free Art Fair Click Here
Participating artists include: 
 Artists Anonymous
Phil Ashcroft
Centre of Attention
Lee Campbell
Maria Chevska
Matthew Collings 
Sacha Craddock
Stuart Cumberland
Adam Dant
Marlene Dumas
Stephen Farthing
Rose Finn-Kelcey
Jaime Gili
Rose Gibbs
Alex Hamilton
Peter Harris
Pablo Helguera 
Russell Herron
James Howard
Catrin Huber
Saron Hughes
Lee Johnson
Sayshun Jay
James Jessop
Jasper Joffe
Sonia Khurana
Peter Lamb 
Cathy Lomax
Amanda Loomes
Robin Mason
Bruce McLean
Hugh Mendes
Frog Morris
Alex Gene Morrison
Chloe Mortimer
Stephen Nelson
House of O’Dwyer
Henrik Potter
Harry Pye
Danny Rolph
Martin Sexton
Bob & Roberta Smith 
Terry Smith
Eva Stenram
Matthew Stone
Geraldine Swayne
Chris Tosic 
Josef Valentino
Markus Vater
Edward Ward
Michael Ward
Douglas White
Charlie Woolley

...are you ready to play?

What amazing product design! Is it possible not to be able to decide which of the fragrances to choose simply based upon packaging and then throw in 5 choices with limited edition winter snow bunny packaging? 
1. Love 2. Lil Angel 3. G 4. Music 5. Baby

Snow Bunny Collection

Nevertheless, have a look at the Harajuku Lovers website for flying fruits, Gwen Stefani voice overs, anime, video games and general "fatal attraction to cuteness!" 

What are you waiting for?  Plus, the sample for Harajuku Lovers is a sealed fold card with separate "lift and sniff" samples of all 5 fragrances. A marketing pocket burner.