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5 Iconic Houses Fall From the Sky

Monday 07.21.2014 , Posted by
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Italian product and graphic designer Matteo Muci has remembered five iconic houses from the early to mid-century with a slick animation that sees their various pieces falling from the sky. Including Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye; Gerrit Rietveld’s Rietveld Schröder House; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House; Philip Johnson’s Glass House; and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater – each is created before our eyes out of their individual design elements. [Read more…]

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The Secret Life of Robots… is Actually More Normal Than You’d Expect

Monday 03.24.2014 , Posted by
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I know, I know… we’ve all grown up thinking robots are SOooo cool. They’re always shooting laser beams out of their eyes or “transforming” into fast cars. But do you want to know a secret? According to artist Toby Fraley, they’re a lot like us. His latest solo show The Secret Life of Robots features a host of normal robots going about their often hilariously mundane lives. [Read more…]

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Abandoned Sixties Lounge is in Need of Some Love

Monday 01.27.2014 , Posted by
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Out in the vibrant city of Lisbon, Portugal remains an architectural gem that is in need of some tender love and care. Originally a thriving hip restaurant, the building is now an abandoned shell – with a surprising amount of style remaining. It provides one of the most spectacular views of the city skyline and of the surrounding landscape. [Read more…]

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Jazzy Abstract Maps of Famous World Cities

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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Some cities make you want to take out your favorite jazz records, sip on some wine and completely bliss out as you look down on the lights below. These posters from Toronto-based, self-taught artist Jazzberry Blue are just the right accompaniment for those moments – outlining the streets of famous world cities with a mid-century abstract flair. We wouldn’t want to navigate streets by these maps, but we sure would navigate life influenced by their spirit! [Read more…]

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Retro Travel Posters for Famous Movie Locations

Friday 06.14.2013 , Posted by

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As far as travel posters go, there have never been any to match the romantic versions from the mid-century. Starting with streamlined steamship and aircraft posters in the 1930s, the world was becoming smaller at an exciting rate. No longer did it take months to reach your destination, and no longer did it cost a fortune. If exploring nature was more your speed, the WPA pumped out a series of exquisite US National Park posters that make America truly look like the promised land. Now, South African illustrator MUTI has created a series of four posters channeling the spirit of those classic times into fictitious travel posters for famous movie locations. [Read more…]

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Step Back in Time with These Fashionable Illustrations

Monday 04.08.2013 , Posted by

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In my last article I mentioned “artistic tributes” to the show Mad Men. Well, although these illustrations aren’t specifically based on that series, many of the fantastically drawn examples from London based Jack Hughes certainly harken back to that mid-century appeal. Over bold background gradients and two-tone blocks of color, Hughes illustrates fashionable people from bygone eras: from the flapper craze of the 20s, right up to hip 70s kids sporting Native American threads. [Read more…]

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Delicious, Retro Animations from Colin Hesterly

Friday 04.05.2013 , Posted by

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I’ll admit it: I’m a complete fiend for mid-century media. When it comes to, say, cartoons from that era, it’s hard to beat the warm nostalgic feeling you get from their positive, often childlike vibe, and optimistic outlook towards the possibilities of the future. So when I ran across these classy retro animations from Colin Hesterly, I couldn’t help but love each short tasty nugget of nostalgia. [Read more…]

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Magical Landscapes by a Legend: Eyvind Earle

Monday 04.01.2013 , Posted by

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The work of Eyvind Earle is truly timeless, looking so current it could have been painted yesterday by a mature artist we’d flock to gallery openings for… but Earle passed away almost 13 years ago. His lifetime of work continues to inspire with its imaginative, dreamlike scenery; confetti-like array of colors across the canvas; and for the many influential film works he helped create. If these landscape paintings look familiar, we’ll tell you why. [Read more…]

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Bizarre Mid-Century Adventure Collages

Saturday 02.16.2013 , Posted by

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If you’ve ever had the pleasure of reading a mid-century men’s adventure magazine, you’ll immediately recognize their place in Nadine Boughton’s work. For the muscular strong men featured in the periodical pulp-fiction; wrestling alligators, shooting sharks and rescuing scantily clad damsels in distress was all in a days work. When Boughton ran across these 50s and early 60s magazines at the flea market, she wondered how they would look set against the sleek interiors of the same era. As she puts it, it’s “men’s adventure magazines or ‘sweats’ meets Better Homes and Gardens.” [Read more…]

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Pin Up Girls: Before and After

Tuesday 05.15.2012 , Posted by

When I ran across these old 50’s pin-up gals the other day, I couldn’t help but hear some lonely Korean War soldier remarking, “wow, will you look at the gams on this dame!” If these did make it to that war, they came all the way from the advertising pages of America. These classic examples of the mid-century feminine ideal were created by legendary advertising painter Gil Elvgren during his long and successful career. Each image features his original photograph, mocking up the scene to be painted later. His models pose in campy and sometimes awkward positions, doing their best to emulate the scene and demonstrating what must be some of the earliest examples of the dreaded “duck face.” [Read more…]

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