Saturday, 19 September 2009

Bikes, Boatshoes, Chambrays, Sweatshirts..

...cuffed Jeans. 
The Beatles styling it. 

Kubrick & leica

Self portrait of Kubrick as a youngster using a leica.
It's been on a million other blogs but used here as we bloody well love it.

Pacino, Brando, Coppola

Images from The Godfather A Family Album.

Thursday, 17 September 2009


With thanks to Union.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009


Illustrations by Tammy Lu.

Pencil on paper.

Friday, 11 September 2009


We are big fans of Sixeightsevensix and its founder and designer Kenneth Mackenzie. Kenneth has an uncompromising style and very much 'does his own thing'.
When every 2-bit label around bigs up their 'exclusive' Japanese collabs, 6876 quietly go about their business having collaborated with Japanese brand United Arrows for years...

Usually Andy and I try to shy away from fashion reporting as we feel it's already being covered elsewhere but we wanted to feature this youtube clip took at a tradeshow a few years ago-

It features Kenneth's note book and shows his design process and how he develops his ideas.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009


The Day To Day Life of Albert Hastings, a wonderful collection of photographs by American photographer Kaylynn Devaney, documenting the life of 91 year old Albert Hastings from South Wales. The photographs are personal without being intrusive, Albert has written little comments underneath which make them even more touching. Uplifting and sad at the same time, he even did his own TV listings, see pic 3. Albert lives alone and these photographs document his struggles and frustrations of a man reaching the end of his life. Anyone not moved by this book has a heart of stone.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009


Classic illustration from 2 sailing books, one from 1949 and the other 1962.
Wonderful graphics, simple and understated.
Ps. We're back from holiday.


The photography of Robert Frank has been well documented and there's not a lot more I can add to the many many eulogy's you can find all over the web. But for me I've always admired, apart from his shots, his layout skills, the montages he put together in the 60's, 70s and 80s are inspiring for any art director, I've never been quite sure whether they were intended or just thrown together, maybe somebody can help me out on that one. The type and handwriting is beautiful in an ugly way and very hard to imitate, and believe me, I've tried hard enough. These spreads are taken from a book I bought in 1995 called 'Moving Out', not sure if it's still available, but it's ace.

Monday, 7 September 2009


The mesmerising art of 50's Nebraska artist Ed Ruscha has always fascinated me. Little snapshots of American dialogue painted in Futura-esque type on dreamy backgrounds. Nothing much too them. But great.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

1950s Chair by Finn Juhl

Finn Juhl was trained as an all-round building architect, not especially as a furniture designer, something he himself considered important to emphasize. On several occasions, he pointed out that as a furniture designer, he was purely autodidact. His oeuvre did, however, also comprise a broad spectrum of architectural works. He made an especially excellent contribution as an interior designer. But it was nonetheless first and foremost furniture which made him a reputation, not only in Denmark, but internationally as well. And with good reason, since it was in this field that he showed truly original talent.Finn Juhl designed his first furniture for himself. It is an old tradition for architects and painters to design furniture for their own use, one that in Denmark goes all the way back to the latter half of the l8th century, when the architect and painter Nicolai Abildgaard designed a number of pieces for his own use in a “neo-antique” style.

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