Monday, February 28, 2011

Suzanne Lalique

I'm really excited about today's post!  I just stumbled upon this gal and her designs are so awesome.

Suzanne (1892-1989) grew up around her father's artistic ability and soon cultivated her own sense of design. With no formal art training, she designed book covers, textiles, created concepts for theatrical productions and was a distinguished painter. It wasn't until she met and married her husband Paul Haviland (who was in the Limoges porcelain business) that her designs were used to decorate porcelain.

Here are some of her plate sketches from the late 1920s:

I think these sketches are just so charming and would frame one (or 4!) and put it on a wall at home in an instant. She has a lot more talent to share, so I'm sure you'll be seeing more of her work around these parts in the future. Until then...

thanks and lots more images of her work at Les Arts Decoratifs site

Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday teaser

 can you guess what these are?
more on Monday... 

Have a good weekend!

pretty little hanky

image from ebay

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Charles Burchfield

Charles Burchfield (1893-1967) was a watercolor artist who designed for the H.M. Birge Wallpaper company. Here are some of his designs from the 1920s.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

While We Were Out

fun prints spotted around town...

Monday, February 21, 2011

another cheeky print from the 1900s

 Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Ralph Barton, 1927

Men, looking dapper in their top hats, direct their attention toward a blonde woman. You can see the poor brunettes all in a row behind the men. This design took its inspiration from Anita Joos novel of the same name published in 1925.

Find out more about Barton here.

from V&A

Friday, February 18, 2011

Wary Meyers

Vintage needlepoint-esque finds from one of my favorite "look what I found!" sites, Wary Meyers

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Sophie Taeurber-Arp (wife of Jean Arp) and Erika Taeurber dressed in Kachina costumes that Sophie created, 1922. 

found at R4TH

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


product photographs from Ken Garland for Design Magazine, 1964, 1966

from Bird And Banner and Reference Library

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

While We Were Out

playful pineapples

judging a book by it's cover...

floral scene


crazy beach towel

Monday, February 14, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Art From Found Materials

mobiles from Mary Lou Stribling's 1970s book, Art From Found Materials: Discarded and Natural. Bold and graphic.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Let Us Prey

This textile design by Charles Francis Annesley Voysey is from 1909. I love the genius title and the food chain vibe (cat to bird, bird to worm, worm to flower). Kind of cheeky for the 1900s.

ps: Thanks for the exquisite introduction Brian! Hello world.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Welcome, Anna!

If you’re a regular reader here, you’ll recognize her name. It’s Anna. She is now an official and essential part of the Birds Of Ohio. She brings her keen awareness of style and design history to this here blog. Indeed, she has a background in art history and will continue to school us all on great designers and share her finds from her eternal quest for cool loot from the past.

She also shares her current musings on her own blog.