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Mother makes knitted version of her son so she can cuddle with ‘him’
01.13.2016
12:28 pm

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Well here’s something you don’t see every day: Self-proclaimed “Smother Mother,” Marieke Voorsluijs, knitted a life-size version of her son because he didn’t want to cuddle with her anymore.

My son is reaching puberty. We used to cuddle all the time, but those days are becoming scarce. Now he rather hangs with friends, plays with his phone and listens to his iPod. Exactly according to nature’s plan. I am a good mother, so of course I accept this and I am happy he is a healthy kid.

We laugh a lot about the stretching gap between his needs and mine. Him needing more of his own space and my covert needs to keep on smothering him with maternal love. I am a textiles designer and he often helps me and has great creative ideas. So we started to fantasize how we could visualize this puberty gap. So I suggested to make a cuddly version of him!

When in doubt, just knit yourself another kid. I mean, that’s the natural thing to, right? I see nothing wrong with this. (Or do I?)


 

 
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If you have an extra $500,000, here’s a gold skull armchair to buy
01.12.2016
10:10 am

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A 24-karat gold skull armchair for that special supervillain in your life. I can’t imagine too many people will be buying this as it’s retailing for $500,000. Holy crap, Batman!

The company who makes it is called Harow. Here’s their information just in case, you know, you can afford it.

Dig the black velvet upholstery.


 
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Your new favorite 19th-century naughty erotic typeface (NSFW)
01.04.2016
11:40 am

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I couldn’t find much about 19th century German artist Heinrich Lossow’s “smutty” alaphabet. In fact, I could only find one single online source that had all of Lossow’s dirty typeface together on one page. Perhaps there’s a reason why: these illustrations are also credited to a French artist namedJoseph Apoux. According to Apoux’s brief Wikipedia page, the series is called Erotic Alphabet and date back to 1880.

Heinrich Lossow (1843-1897) was known for his Rococo-style paintings and pushing the envelope when it came to inserting pornographic details into his paintings. The most notable one being The Sin, circa 1880. French artist Joseph Apoux had the same reputation as Lossow.

In the end, I’m going with Joseph Apoux as the one responsible. There’s slightly more information pointing towards him concerning these naughty letters.


 

 

 
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The far-out sci-fi costume parties of the Bauhaus school in the 1920s
12.31.2015
10:25 am

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Bauhaus school costume party, 1920s
 
As we get ready to tell yet another year to kiss our collective asses on its way out the door, that also means it’s almost time for that annual liver-killing bacchanal known as New Year’s Eve. But no matter what you have planned this year, I’m fairly certain that your party will not even come close to the costume parties thrown by students and teachers of Germany’s Bauhaus school back in the 1920s.
 
Bauhaus costume party, 1920s
 
Sadly, there are not many surviving photographs of the costumed shindigs thrown at the school, which was founded by the revered German architect Walter Adolph Georg Gropius. It has been said that attendees of the costume parties took the preparation of their costumes as seriously (if not more so) as their studies at the school and the results were a spellbinding array of imagery created by the upper crust vanguard that made up Bauhaus’ academic population. Such as Russian abstract painter, Wassily Kandinsky and the great painter, Paul Klee both of whom taught classes at Bauhaus for approximately a decade starting in the very early 1920s.
 
Bauhaus costumes by Bauhaus mural and sculpture department head and later theater workshop director, Oskar Schlemmer (1925)
Bauhaus costumes by Bauhaus Mural and Sculpture Department head (and later Theater Workshop director), Oskar Schlemmer (1925)
 
As for the the school itself, Gropius was very specific about the type of students he and his free-wheeling, arty-administration wanted roaming the halls of Bauhaus. As detailed in his 1925 essay, “Life at the Bauhaus,” then student and Hungarian architect, Farkas Ferenc Molnár, described the very specific “party people” attributes a prospective student should possess before deciding to pursue their studies the school:

For someone to be admitted to the Bauhaus workshops he or she must not only know how to work but also how to live. Education and training are not as essential requirements as a lively, alert temperament, [464] a flexible body, and an inventive mind.  Nightlife at the Bauhaus claims the same importance as daytime activities.  One must know how to dance.  In Itten’s apt phrase: locker sein [loosen up].

I don’t know about you, but if this was a part of my former higher education institution’s “mission statement,” I probably would have stuck around longer. As many photos of the fantastical Bauhaus costume parties that I could dig up follow.
 
Bauhaus costume party, 1920s
 
Bauhaus costume party, 1920s
 
Bauhaus costume party, 1920s
 
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Steelhenge: Swiss architecture firm designs Stonehenge using shipping containers
12.03.2015
04:47 pm

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An amusing instance of the new genre of “cargotecture” emerged earlier this year when a Swiss architecture firm called Bureau A re-created the famous neolithic monument of Stonehenge in Geneva, using only blue shipping containers.

If nothing else, the structure, known as “Steelhenge,” was an intriguing blend of the prehistoric and the postindustrial.

Bureau A created the edifice for the so-called “BIG Biennale,” a nickname for the “Biennale des espaces d’art indépendants de Genève,” the Biennale of independent art spaces of Geneva. The location of the Steelhenge project was Plaine de Plainpalais, a large pedestrian area in the city of Geneva; the BIG Biennale was scheduled for the last weekend in June.

Leopold Banchini of Bureau A commented, “The biennale was only organized for a long weekend. With a restricted budget, we had to go for a fast and easily reusable material: the container. ... We like to work with references, displacement or even direct quotes.”
 

 
“In this case, the ruins of Stonehenge and the pagan rituals that it evokes seemed like an interesting landscape relating to the disappearing alternative and squat culture in Geneva,” said Banchini.

The containers were placed side by side to recreate the outer circle of monoliths. In order to evoke the taller structures of the original Stonehenge monument, located in Wiltshire in southern England, pairs of containers were placed on their ends to support horizontal units that would bridge their tops.

“The biennale was only organized for a long weekend,” said Banchini. “With a restricted budget, we had to go for a fast and easily reusable material: the container. ... Containers are a symbol at the new globalized economy; it was also interesting to replace the stones of the original monument by these steel box,” said Banchini.

The entire structure was built in a day using a crane. Concrete blocks were added to provide greater stability to the structures, while the design of the interiors were designed by gallery participants at the biennale.
 

 
Below, Tony Hendra and Anjelica Huston usher in Spinal Tap’s unforgettable rendition of “Stonehenge”:

 
via Coudal Partners
 
Photographs by Dylan Perrenoud

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Cool T-shirts featuring Ken Russell, Klaus Nomi, John Waters, Sylvia Plath & more
11.24.2015
12:26 pm

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It’s getting near that time for buying presents and shit. The one present I’ll certainly be adding to my holiday wish list of hoped-for Christmas goodies is a Ken Russell T-shirt from Hirsute History.

The l’enfant terrible genius of British cinema, Unkle Ken—the man responsible for such classic movies as Women in Love, The Music Lovers, The Devils, Tommy and Altered States—is just one of the many hirsute heroes to be found on a range of colorful clothing available from Hirsute History at Amphorphia Apparel. Here he joins Sylvia Plath, John Waters, Susan Sontag, Jerry Garcia, Ada Lovelace and a whole bunch of other artists, scientists, ideas and stars that’ll look good on your body.

So, if you fancy wearing a Ken Russell or an Ada Lovelace, then hop over to the site or get a retina burn from the selection below.
 
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Ken Russell.
 
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Sylvia Plath.
 
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Groucho Marx.
 
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Tchotchke porcelain figurines altered with insect heads
11.23.2015
10:31 am

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Big Bee-autiful Bee Lady “Mìfēng”
 
I must be on a nana kick today. I just blogged about Golden Girls “granny panties” and now I’ve moved on to altered versions of your grandma’s favorite “valuable” porcelain figurines. I’m not a big fan of knick-knacks or trinkets in my home, but I really dig these alien-like insect figurines by Curious Cryptid Curios. These I would display proudly, with no fear that my future grandchildren would be embarrassed by them.

I’ve attached links under each image in case you are interested or want to see more images.


Fancy Dancing Mantis Madam
 

Careful Courting Mantis Couple
 
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Stay warm with Talking Heads, Zappa, Bootsy Collins, Nina Hagen & Peter Sellers throw blankets!
11.19.2015
03:09 pm

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Nina Simone blanket can be found here.
 
I never know what to get people during the holidays. The Holiday season is stressful. I worry that my gifts aren’t unique enough and will end up in the trash or at Goodwill. This year, however, I’m think about giving out some throw blankets. I mean, who doesn’t need a blanket when it’s cold? EVERYONE needs a blanket. Blankets are winners, but especially these blankets.

What I like about them is that not everyone has them. The links for each one is under the image. The prices range anywhere from $49 - $129 depending on the size.

The idea that there are Bootsy Collins and Peter Sellers blankets out there in the world is kinda rad.


Get Zappa here.
 

Talking Heads here.
 

Bootsy Collins here.
 

William Burroughs here.
 

My Bloody Valentine here.
 
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Ouija board coffee table and rug
11.18.2015
11:39 am

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Okay, this is a pretty clever design of a ouija board area rug and a coffee table in the shape of a planchette. The conceptual design was imagined by Dave Delisle of Dave’s Geek Ideas. Dave came up with idea back in 2013. The good news is that apparently now you can actually own this set!

According to Dave, “If you absolutely want one, contact my friends at Tom Spina Designs for an estimate, they can build it for you.”

I just checked out Tom Spina Designs’ website. I couldn’t find any images of a finished area rug and coffee table on there. I’d love to see it in the real world.

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Only the coolest people get to sit in the wicker peacock chair
11.04.2015
09:07 am

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Though the argument could be made for Eero Arnio’s “Ball Chair,” the coolest chair of all time is the “Manila” or “Philippine,” better-known-as the wicker peacock chair.

The chairs which originally came into vogue in the United States in the early 20th Century when they were imported from the Phillipines, became a staple for photography studios as well as parlors and smoking rooms in wealthy homes. The throne-like chair, made of sturdy but lightweight material, was valued for its exotic look.

In the first half of the 20th Century, the chair was often associated with Hollywood celebrities who were regularly photographed in them. In the latter half of the Century, it came to be associated with hipster youth, as well as the Black Power movement—thanks to a very popular poster photograph of Huey P. Newton.
 

 
Today, many people associate the chair with Morticia Addams of the Addams Family, many often describing the peacock chair as a “Morticia Addams chair.”
 

 
The chair has been a part of our pop cultural landscape for over 100 years and according to a recent Wall Street Journal article, it’s seeing a resurgence in popularity.

The peacock chair can make anyone look absolutely regal. Even Al Di Meola.

Enjoy, here, this treasury of wicker peacock cool:
 

Marc Bolan
 
More famous folks in the wicker peacock chair after the jump…

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