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For the supervillain who has everything: A giant skull armchair
05.10.2016
03:07 pm

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I’m not going to lie, this giant skull armchair designed by Gregory Besson looks pretty darn comfortable, doesn’t it? Besides that, it can really tie a room together. A certain kind of room.

Apparently the skull is made entirely of fiberglass and the black cushioning is made of leather. So far I haven’t been able to find the price of this, but I always assume when the price tag isn’t listed… it ain’t coming cheap!

If you just gotta own this chair, you can contact Gregory here at his website.


 

 

 
via Neatorama

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Classic DEVO guitars recreated
05.09.2016
09:16 am

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The Eastwood guitar company and its subsidiary brand Airline Guitars have distinguished themselves in recent years by offering modernized re-creations of classic off-the-wall 60s instruments originally made by companies like Vox, Mosrite and National. A lot of them are extremely cool, and a lot of them are very, very easy to picture on fat middle-aged guys in panel shirts and department store fedoras. Your mileage may vary.

Lately, they’ve updated their design ethos to ideas from the late ’70, by exploring the weird guitars used by DEVO. They started the project last year by resurrecting the extremely rare La Baye 2X4 guitar famously used by the band in the video for their version of the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction,” and the project continues with the “Be Stiff” bass and the “Whip It” guitar.

The original “Whip It” guitar was simply a regular Gibson Les Paul with its lower cutaway horn inverted by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh, and is so named because it can be spotted in the video for “Whip It,” the band’s best-selling single and the song by which civilians still most readily identify them. The “Be Stiff” bass, seen prominently in DEVO’s segment of Urgh! A Music War, is harder to figure out, but it looks like a custom built body with a Gibson EB-3 neck (non-musicians: sorry for the full frontal nerdity here, we’ll get to a DEVO video soon enough, I swear), and it will be made available in a left-handed configuration to honor DEVO’s lefty bassist Jerry Casale. Both guitars’ production are contingent upon completing crowdfunding efforts, and the “Whip It” guitar has already surpassed its goal. The bass, as of this posting, is already 94% of the way there with almost a month left to go, so it seems likely to become a reality as well. And we can hope that Eastwood has plans to re-make Bob Mothersbaugh’s “Blue Potato” guitar.

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Drinks cabinet made from an undetonated cluster bomb
04.22.2016
11:41 am

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Fallen Furniture specializes in making cool art deco-ish furniture and wall hangings out of old airplane parts. They have a wall clock made from a piece of window fuselage from a Boeing 747 and a chair that was once a Boeing 747 engine cowling.

Their coolest piece is called simply “the Bomb,” and it’s an ultra-sleek, ultra-fancy drinks cabinet that stands more than eight feet tall—made from an R.A.F. MK1 practice cluster bomb.
 

Standing more than eight feet tall and weighing 600 pounds, the mirror-polished Cluster Bomb Drinks Cabinet is a truly unique piece of furniture. Behind the gleaming 1970s missile fuselage, three glass shelves revolve around a gold-plated spindle; while in the base, a sliding platform built from lacquered American walnut conceals an armoury of custom-made cocktail utensils. With its potent fusion of industrial heritage and high-end craftsmanship, this breathtaking cabinet is without equal.

 
You can own one of these beauts for a paltry $53,000.
 

 

 
More gorgeous pics of this unusual item after the jump…....

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LSD Orgy Exposé: Have an acid flashback with these psychedelic book covers
04.08.2016
12:09 pm

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Contrary to that hoary old adage, a book is often judged by its cover. Whether that’s right or wrong, is unimportant, that’s just how it is. Indeed, it’s far easier to dismiss a book by its cover because so many books today look stupid.

Once book covers were discussed, considered and only then created by a team of whizz kid artists and designers. Nowadays, it’s easy to find three or four books by different authors on different genres with exactly the same black & white or color stock photo. It’s bad economics and lazy design.

Even at their worst though, pulp covers are aesthetically interesting. Some artist has invested time and effort into creating a cover that would (hopefully) bring readers to the pages. Not all pulp covers work—but at least they show some intelligence at play rather than just an editor indifferently picking a stock pic of a snowy street out of a catalog to save money.

This selection of covers for pulp fiction and nonfiction books on LSD and other psychedelic drugs give some idea to the variation in style book designers once had. Not all of these covers hit the spot—but at best they suggest that the reader could possibly get a contact high with just a flick through their pages.
 
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Many more acid flashback paperback book covers after the jump…

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Get your own notepads from fictional hotels in ‘The Shining’, ‘Twin Peaks’, ‘The Wicker Man’ & more
04.07.2016
08:53 am

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Jack said he stayed at the Overlook Hotel and you know he’s got a photograph to prove it. Well, now you can say that you stayed there too with one of these notepads for fictional hotels from cult books, movies and TV shows.

I have a desk drawer crammed with stationary liberated from various hotels across the globe but nothing quite as fancy as this box set of eight different notepapers available from Herb Lester of such fine imaginary establishments as:

Kellerman’s Resort (Dirty Dancing)
The Empire Hotel (Vertigo)
Bertram’s Hotel (At Bertram’s Hotel, Agatha Christie)
The Great Northern Hotel (Twin Peaks)
The Overlook Hotel (The Shining)
Royal Imperial Windsor Arms Hotel (National Lampoon’s European Vacation)
The Green Man Inn (The Wicker Man)
The Taft Hotel (The Graduate)

Each notepad is A6 in size and contains 50 pages. If this tickles your fancy, then you can get your set here.
 
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The Green Man Inn from ‘The Wicker Man.’
 
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The Taft Hotel from ‘The Graduate.’
 
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Aurora Borealis heat changing coffee mug
04.05.2016
11:43 am

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I was going to blog about this Aurora Borealis heat changing coffee mug on April Fools’ day. I hesitated though, as I thought it might be an April Fools’ prank. Alas, I’m proven wrong and it’s a real thing brought to you by Think Geek. Experience the northern lights every time this coffee mug is filled with a hot beverage of your choice.

Caffeine. It makes us light up. It excites us. The thought of that first cup of coffee can really get us moving in the morning, literally and figuratively.

Much as caffeine particles pass into our bloodstream and make us bounce off walls, so, too, the particles from solar winds pass through the Earth’s magnetosphere near the poles and share energy, causing a spectacular display in the upper atmosphere. When these particles collide with oxygen in particular at lower altitudes (up to 150 miles), the photon released appears green or yellow, giving a similar light show as to the one captured on this mug when you fill it with warm liquid.

For that coffee or tea lover in your life who needs it.

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Awesome vintage ouija boards
04.04.2016
04:20 pm

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Mecca Answer Board, Lee Industries, Chicago, c. 1940
 
There are two facts that a visit to the incredibly terrific Museum of Talking Boards website will cement in any viewer—the high point for ouija consumption was the 1940s and Chicago was the place where most ouija boards were manufactured.

The Museum of Talking Boards has done an excellent job wrangling what must be a chaotic field with a lot of damaged or substandard exemplars. Every board is lovingly photographed, and informational details about the time and place each board was created are always easy to find. Truly, a tremendous job.

These images are enough to drive me to eBay, where you can get many of these design marvels for prices ranging between $20 and $500.

ADIOS, FAREWELL, AU REVOIR, LATER DUDE, RECEPTION BAD, uhhhh, STATIC?
 

Black Magic Talking board, Gift Craft, Chicago, c. 1944
 

Crystal Gazer, A Barrel of Fun, c. 1940
 

Father Time Mystery Talking Board, T. Eaton Company, Toronto, 1945
 

Guiding Star Board, Palmer and Associates, Chicago
 
Many more after the jump…

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Leigh Bowery’s shock therapy: ‘When I’m dressed up I reach more people than a painting in a gallery’
03.28.2016
12:00 pm

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The dictionary defines the word “legend” as:

1. a traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical but not authenticated.

2. an extremely famous or notorious person, especially in a particular field.

It would be fair to say this word fits rather snugly with the performance artist, designer, would-be pop star, icon, artist’s model and “work of art” Leigh Bowery.

When asked recently, “Who was Leigh Bowery?” I was briefly flummoxed as where to begin in any attempt to describe this wonderfully extravagant yet self-indulgent character. There were so many facets to his life—so many fictions, so many facts—it seemed rather unsporting to choose only one.

Leigh Bowery was born on March 26th, 1961, in the small working class suburb of Sunshine in Melbourne, Australia. He was was the eldest of two children born to Tom and Evelyn Bowery. His mother had lived her entire life in Sunshine and raised Leigh and his younger sister Bronwyn in a house opposite her own childhood home. Sunshine was that kind of community. People lived and died there—they knew their place and rarely ventured beyond its boundaries.

Leigh was a large beefy child with a head of golden curls. Because of his build, his father hoped Leigh would become an Australian rules football player or at the very least something sporty. Yet Leigh showed no inclination for such physical activities. He preferred gardening and later needlework—something he first learnt while convalescing in hospital after an operation to help his testicles descend.

At school he was a very bright pupil. He had a keen and enquiring mind, was constantly reading books and showed great aptitude for classical music—in particular playing the piano. His life changed after he won a scholarship to Melbourne High School.

Leigh later claimed that he had known he was gay from the age of twelve. During his time at Melbourne High, he began his sexual adventures. On his way home from school, Leigh cruised the public toilets at the central railway station. He discovered wearing a school uniform made him highly attractive to the older men.  By his own estimate—which may or may not be true—he claimed he had sex with about one thousand men before he left school.
 
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His parents had hoped Leigh would study music at university. Instead, he chose to study fashion design at the Melbourne Institute of Technology. Leigh was one of only two boys in his year. He quickly learnt how to machine sew and began making some of his early flamboyant designs. These were not exactly appreciated by his teachers who wanted him to design ladies’ underwear and children’s clothes.

But Leigh had moved ahead of such small ambitions and wanted to create his own designs. He was eighteen and had fallen under the influence of punk—as he later explained in an interview.

The thing which made everything click for me was the punk movement where people used themselves and their appearance to describe so much and I just loved Busby Berkeley movies—all those sequins and feathers—and I would always have my nose in a National Geographic, gazing at women with stretched necks and rings going in strange places.

Leigh was also very enamored with the club scene in London, which he read about in all the imported pop and fashion magazines he got his hands on.

I wanted to hang out with the art and fashion people. I wanted to go to nightclubs and look at the clothes in the shops. I loved the idea of punk and the New Romantics. England seemed the only place to go, I considered New York but that just seemed full of cheap copies of London. I don’t think I made a mistake.

He quit college and worked in a department store to raise the funds for the London move. When he arrived in the city of his dreams, Leigh lived with a friend. When this friend moved out, Leigh decided to change his life and become more involved with the city around him. According to his friend and biographer Sue Tilley, Leigh made a list of four resolutions on New Year’s Eve 1980:

1) Get his weight down to twelve stone.
2) Learn as much as possible.
3) Establish himself in either fashion, art or writing.
4) Wear make-up every day.

Leigh managed to meet three of these resolutions over the next decade.

Read more about Leigh Bowery, plus a documentary about him hosted by Hugh Laurie, after the jump…

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Stunning mosque ceilings highlight the intricate beauty of Islamic architecture
03.21.2016
01:19 pm

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Fatima Masumeh Shrine, Qom, Iran
 
There are really no words to describe the beautiful intricate geometric forms and explosion of colors found on mosque ceilings found in the Arab world and elsewhere. But why bother trying to describe such totally mind-melting eye candy, anyway? I’m left speechless. Just look…

If you’re interested in a high resolution of any of these photos, you can download ‘em here.


Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran
 

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran
 

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran
 

Vakil Mosque, Shiraz
 
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Vintage Vespa scooters turned into office chairs
03.14.2016
01:17 pm

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I’m digging these upcycled Italian scooter office chairs. I mean, aren’t they a nice change to all the Aeron chairs you see everywhere? These scooter chairs have functioning headlights to boot! The chairs, made by Spanish workshop Bel & Bel, are manufactured from ‘80s vintage Italian scooters.

The chair has a reclining feature, a reinforced internal structure and a base with hydraulic piston to regulate and adjust to the most convenient height. It is a very comfortable ergonomic chair, imitation leather upholstered and soft tread silent wheels.

Its traditional character and high-end components only makes it a unique product and a great sample of contemporary design.

It is also a piece emotionally charged for all lovers of this classic and iconic motorcycle.

The chair is being made in strictly limited quantity. Sadly, there’s no price for them on the Bel & Bel site—you can contact Bel & Bel directly to get a quote—but they smell expensive.


 

 
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