Thursday, December 23, 2010

Winter Fun

Winter Fun
by R. H. Grenville

In tropic lands the children play
In golden sunshine all the day
And never need to wrap up warm
Or guard against the winter storm

But, oh, to think of what they miss
On sparkling crystal days like this,
When sleighs and swift toboggans go
On breathless journeys through the snow
And skates, where sheltered ponds entice,
Makes silver music on the ice!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Carl Otto Czeschka

{circa 1920}

Carl Otto Czeschka was an Austrian artist who produced designs for the Wiener Werkstatte in Vienna (probably along with this gal). He designed theater sets and programs, calendars, textiles and fonts for printing, to name a few.

"Waldidyll", 1910

"Bavaria", produced for Wiener Werkstatte, 1910

"Wasserorgel", 1912

a theater program from 1907

playing cards designed c. 1907

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Alvin's book covers

Alvin Lustig also has an impressive array of book covers...

They're fun to look at.
pictures from this flickr group.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Alvin Lustig

Meet Alvin Lustig, a bit of an Eames do-everything kind of designer. Here are some of his fabric designs:

preliminary fabric sketch, 1940s

two fabric sketches that were never produced. shame. such great stick figures in the one on the right.

"Incantation", 1947

"Counterchange", 1949

...and by everything I mean everything. Even a helicopter!


Friday, December 17, 2010

Josef Frank

Josef Frank was an architect, artist, and designer. Functional forms. Yes. Comfort. Yes. Inspirational. Yes. But that sofa is crazy.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Jack Lenor Larsen

 Jack Lenor Larson first started out studying architecture. But that didn't feel quite right. It was a weaving course that catapulted his passion for textiles. As he puts it, "After two years of architecture, drafting things that would never be built, weaving felt good indeed. It had horizontals and verticals, like architecture, and was dependent on materials and light and shadow, but I had real yarns and real color and real structure."

those were pretty tame, but these pieces of furniture upholstered in his fabrics are truly psychedelic!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Vera, Vera on the Wall

Vera Neumann was a textile designer who was known primarily for her hand-painted silk scarves. During WWII, the fabric supply was less than ideal and while Vera was searching for fabrics, she came across parachute silks at an army surplus store. Her silk scarf idea was born. Bold and colorful, Vera's artistic style added cheeriness to home goods and fashion. (ps. a book was published this year about her life's work. hello, stocking stuffer.)

(pretty pillowcases too)