Monday, January 31, 2011

Lora Lamm is a lady.

she's cute and creative!

Lora Lamm was born in Switzerland, educated in Zurich and moved to Milan to pursue graphic design work. In 1954, she was hired by La Rinascente (an upscale Italian department store) upon a recommendation from fellow designer and former classmate, Max Huber. Her illustrations are often playful, stylish and have exciting color palettes.

snazzy swimmers.

love the headless lady silhouettes. 

whitespace for clothes + stripes + interesting color combo

...and these are for Pirelli, a rubber company. Who knew tire ads could be so chic!

1959, Pirelli for the Scooter. 
windblown hair + striped shirt. oh!

1960, Tires for Bicycles
pretty pedaling.

1960, Hot Water Bags. 

1960, Mountain Soles.
real photography + illustration + type

Happy Monday!

Friday, January 28, 2011


Whoa! A friend of ours told us to go check out the Charles LeDray exhibit at the Whitney when we were in New York last. We are glad she did because it was quite amazing! We had never heard of him before, but apparently he has been WORK-ing away since the 80's on the pieces in the exhibit. Most everything is in miniature and highly detailed. The last 2 images are his carvings out of human bone. It sounds creepy but they were so beautiful. The buttons look like you picked them up at your local fabric store. If you are anywhere near NYC we suggest you check it out. Your mind will be blown! The exhibit runs through Feb 13th.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Olle Eksell

Today I thought I'd share some work of Olle Eksell (1918-2007), a Swedish graphic designer. I discovered him trying to track down the creator of this design:

apparently it was for a well known swedish brand, Mazetti Ogon.

I'd absolutely love to have a print to frame for my house.

Here are some of Eskell's book cover designs:

Cover design for Swedish literary magazine Utskit, 1948

Swedish Edition of "The Sheltering Sky", 1951

Eskell illustration in a Knitting for Kids book, 1958

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Kasuti: Traditional Embroidery from India

Kasuti is a type of embroidery indigenous to India and produced primarily by women. The designs, which are very geometric, are first sketched out in charcoal on the fabric then intricately sewn using different, brightly colored threads. An interesting feature of the Kasuti technique is that both sides are identical; there is no right or wrong side. It was tradition for an Indian bride to receive an elaborately embroidered sari for her wedding celebration.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ben Rose's House

Ben Rose's property in Chicago consisted of two structures: the main house designed by architect James Speyer in 1953 and an automobile pavilion designed by David Haid in 1974. Both architects studied with Mies van der Rohe.

{main house}

{auto pavilion}

such a perfect leafy green setting.

In response to possible threats of demolition, the Landmarks Illinois organization produced this video about the historic modern home.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Ben Rose

Ben Rose (1916-2004) was born in Indiana and attended school at the Art Institute of Chicago. After struggling as a painter, he joined his brother in the silk screen business, subsequently starting up his own company. His designs were often inspired by his world travels to Africa and Southeast Asia. He played the trombone (fairly well, I hear) and collected European race cars.

Antelopers, 1965 

Girafters, 1949

Earthforms, 1967

Meteoric, 1965

Plane Tree II, 1975

oh, and his (rad) house was featured in the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, more on that later!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Stig Lindberg

Lindberg (1916-1982) was a Swedish designer (textile, ceramics, industrial, glass), painter and illustrator. Lot's of good things happening here... 

Stig's style is almost as good as his first name.