Collections

Just ran across a blog by Lisa Congdon, SF Artist and co-conspirator in the Upper Market boutique Rare Device (one of our beloved stockists). It’s a collection a  day – with themes of  vintage, typography, crafts, and design – a document to be published in book form next year, and available for pre-order now.

I’ve got little collections going too: my vintage office supplies and make-up packaging, carved wooden birds, Pulp novels, Pyrex and pine cones would fit right in with these.

Collections like this make me think of two of the great Masters of design, Tibor Kalman, whose collections were laid out at the SFMoma about 10 years ago… he had a thing for packaging too. Something about preserving and fetishizing cultural ephemera like a spaghetti box… it’s a beautiful thing. Really seeing those details that surround us- or rather, that surrounded the generations before us. It’s harder to do in the present.

The other designer I’m thinking of is of course, the remarkable Ray Eames, brilliant and talented wife of Charles. She was an avid collector of small beautiful things. In fact, her interest in collections influenced both the Polaroid land-camera ad she and Charles developed and the iconic Eames House of Cards, which is in itself a lovely collection. Ray is my hero. Her and Gaga, but Ray is here to stay.

The Eames House (pictured above) is so magnificent that it is hard to picture mere mortals setting it up like this, then sitting around mulling over the ideas that were to shape modern design as we know it. It is one of the magnificent houses in the architectural Case Study House Program.

Thinking ahead to Spring 2011… time to start getting inspired. I will be back in California, unpacking all of my belongings, which have been in storage at the studio since I originally left for LODZ in early 2009. I should do a random photographic inventory of all the things I remember (Mexican black-pottery skulls, vintage magazines) and the stuff I forgot I even own.

And/or maybe a teeshirt or poster? Another collection of birds? Book Covers? Or maybe flowers if I could do them right… it is hard to make flowers tough enough.

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