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Goodbye, and Thank You

2009-09-28T12:40:39.325-07:00


If there's anyone out there still checking in on this blog, I wanted to take this opportunity to formally sign off. After a lot of thought and a fair amount of agonizing, I've made the bittersweet decision to move on from More Ways to Waste Time.

More importantly, I wanted to give my sincere thanks to you for reading, whether it's been for the entire two-plus years and 1,500 or so posts that have elapsed since I began this blog, or whether you found yourself here just recently. I've truly enjoyed highlighting the work of so many inspired artists, craftspeople, and independent retailers, delighted in every last one of your comments and emails, and cherished the many online friendships that have resulted.

All my best to all of you.

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Object of Lust: Enzo Floor Lamp

2009-07-16T22:48:30.060-07:00

(image) Reminiscent of the vintage Kaiser Idell and European counterbalance task lights I often stalk on eBay, Anthropologie's industrial-chic Enzo Floor Lamp has me drooling.

It's $398 right here.(image)



Etsy Find: Munstre Lightboxes

2009-07-16T21:49:33.339-07:00

Loving these cool lightboxes from Etsy seller Munstre (aka Boston crafter Chris Elsasser). Each is handmade from Munstre's custom graphics or from vintage x-rays and medical lithographs and each is mounted in a ready-to-hang, solid wood frame with a pre-installed lightbulb and plug. Above: Follow Me to Heaven, $95 En Cloude, $70However Long the Night, the Dawn Will Break, $130Old Fashioned Bicycle, $95Lift Your Skinny Arms to the Sky, $140Anatomical Heart, $65On a White Lake, $140See all of Munstre's Etsy offerings right here -- and check out more of his lightboxes, prints, and other creations here. [...]



Cool Stuff: Madison & Grow Eco Wallpaper

2009-07-16T00:00:03.755-07:00

I'm smitten with this eco-friendly wallpaper from Los Angeles's Madison & Grow, launched last year by Connecticut transplants Teresa Grow and Erin Yasgar. Each design is hand-drawn and hand-printed with water-based inks, and the recyclable paper is harvested from sustainable forests. Above: EleanorMaggieEloiseMichelleMargotErinElizabethMadison & Grow wallpaper is available through these retailers. See the entire collection right here. [...]



Etsy Find: New Prints From Hannah Stouffer

2009-07-13T08:17:40.854-07:00

(image) Wild new limited-edition prints from Etsy seller Grand Array (aka L.A.-based artist Hannah Stouffer). Look closely -- there's a whole universe in these images. Above: Black Roses Tell a Story, $12 if you order during July, $25 after that

(image) Bonne Nuit, Crystal Cave, $12 until July 31

(image) Leaving the Crusade to Fate, $12 until July 31

See all of Stouffer's Etsy offerings right here -- and check out more of her work here.(image)



Over and Out

2009-07-10T12:01:37.092-07:00


Have a lovely weekend!

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The Artful Home: Art in a Box

2009-07-12T17:55:36.911-07:00

North Oakland's Compound Gallery has devised a novel way to get affordable pieces from emerging local artists into the hands of collectors on a budget: a monthly subscription service called Art in a Box.Here's how it works: Subscribe for the pick-up-only or nationwide-delivery packages, and every month you'll receive an 11-by-17-inch box containing a painting, print, photo, mixed media work, drawing, collage, ceramic piece, or sculpture from one of 11 Bay Area artists.The art and the artist will be a surprise, but you can let the gallery directors know your preferences ahead of time and they'll do their best to send you something they think you'll like.Participating artists include Ben Belknap, Jake Gillespie, Alissa Goss, Kerri Lee Johnson, Obi Kaufmann, Crystal Morey, Lena Verderano Reynoso, Matt Reynoso, Audrey Roy, Eric Sanchez, Tallulah Terryll, Adrian Van Allen, and YaChin Bonny You.The service costs $30 or $50 a month, with a three-month minimum. Find out more about Art in a Box right here. [...]



Cool Stuff: Criss Cross Lamps

2009-07-08T09:50:54.961-07:00

(image) I love a good Bubble Lamp, and am especially digging these new reissues of George Nelson's Criss Cross Lamps. They're just like the midcentury design icon's classic Bubble Lamps -- but, you know, fancier.

The Criss Cross Lamps, which run $359 to $405 apiece, are available from Modernica.(image)



Etsy Find: Tine Wiggens Textile Art

2009-07-07T00:52:40.861-07:00

Sweet and simple textile art from British Columbia-based Etsy seller Tine Wiggens. Above: Time to Bake, $24Summer Rain, $30Tea Time, $24Two Tall Seed Heads, $25Flowers in Watering Can, $30Mini Rain Cloud, $15See all of Wiggens' Etsy offerings right here -- and check out more of her work here. [...]



Set-Design Drool: True Blood

2009-07-06T13:22:41.237-07:00

Are y'all watching True Blood on HBO? I can't get enough of this soapy, Southern-fried vampire series.In fact, I'm a sucker -- so to speak -- for pretty much any well-done, intelligent vampire tale. Unlike seemingly half of the adult female population, though, I'm utterly immune to the supposed charms of the Twilight saga and its sparkling (non)bloodsuckers. I like my vampire fables complete with sex and blood, thank you very much. (As for what's behind our collective obsession with the undead, this recent New York Times article attempts to psychoanalyze the fang fixation.)Anyway, there is plenty of sex and blood in Bon Temps, Louisiana -- the fictional setting for the show, which centers around clairvoyant barmaid Sookie Stackhouse; her 170-year-old vampire boyfriend, Bill Compton; Bill's newly undead "daughter," Jessica; shape-shifting roadhouse proprietor Sam; Sookie's formerly demon-possessed BFF, Tara; mysterious Maenad Maryann; vampire head honcho Eric and his tart-tongued sidekick, Pam; gay and fierce short-order cook, hustler, porn-site entrepreneur, and erstwhile drug dealer Lafayette; Sookie's dumb but sexy brother, Jason; and a collection of other odd -- and often oddly lovable -- characters.Of course, being the design geek that I am, I'm nearly as fascinated by the physical spaces the show's characters inhabit as I am the steamy storylines they become entangled in. Let's take a little tour, shall we? (Warning: Mild spoilers ahead.)Bill's digs -- no surprise -- are my favorite. Imbued with the sort of dark glamour and crumbling grandeur that makes me go weak in the knees, it's a fitting home for Bon Temps' resident Victorian-era vamp.Bottom photo from True-Blood.netBill's home probably looks much the same as it did when he last resided here as a human in the 1860s. It's all florid, peeling wallpaper, dark-stained woodwork, fine-but-threadbare rugs, flickering gaslight, and aged, ornate furnishings. In a word: Yummy. (And yeah, I think I'd find it hard to resist in such lushly Gothic surroundings, too.)Bill plays the piano like any well-bred Southern gentleman, and doesn't seem terribly interested in current decorating trends. But he is starting to outfit his home with modern amenities like a Wii system, with which he rather heartbreakingly plays virtual golf on a sunlight-dappled course.Daddy is no fun at all. But his sumptuous red velvet settee is pretty sweet.Top and bottom photos from TrueBloodNetThis is where the magic happens, people. Though if I were Sookie, I think I'd quietly remove the portrait -- presumably of Bill's Civil War-era bride -- from the mantle. It might put a bit of a damper on their frequent, torrid make-up sex, after all.Eric the Viking vamp kicks back in Bill's bathtub. Yes, please.Sookie's family home, by contrast, is all warm, cozy Granny style.Photo from TrueBloodNetAnd I mean that literally. Sookie lived in the pleasantly dilapidated farmhouse with her late grandmother, and from the looks of it, she hasn't made many changes since her beloved Gran was killed in the kitchen during Season One.Still, the Stackhouse home represents warmth, family, and normalcy in a world that's gone a bit mad. It may not push any design envelopes, but it's homey and welcoming, and that is as it should be.Eric's bar, Fangtasia, is a redneck roadhouse-turned-tawdry, over-the-top vision of vampire cool.Blood-red walls, flocked upholstery, and faux-goth accouterments complete a look that seems geared more to satisfying the leering tourists' idea of what an undead hangout should look like than a place that (incredibly hot) thousand-year-old Nordic vampires would call home-away-from-home.OK, I guess what really completes the look is a floor full of gore from a messily staked vampire bartender. RIP, Longshadow.Photo by jaded*mysterySam's restaurant and bar is the setti[...]



eBay Finds

2009-07-06T00:52:09.887-07:00

Achille Castiglioni Floor LampKlein Reid Ceramic Book and LogsHolmegaard Art Glass VaseSecond Wife Painted by First Wife Framed Oil PortraitPair High-Back Tufted Lemon Velvet Chairs19-Inch Marquee Channel LetterFour Vintage Faux Bamboo ChairsDanish Modern Light FixtureHans Wegner Sibast ChairX-Base Chrome and Wood DeskGeorge Nelson DresserFlorence Knoll Side TableIndustrial Cage LampGustavberg Coffee CupsBaldinger Britannia Drafting LampBertoia Diamond Chair Plus OttomanRaymor Pottery LampPair Red Eames LCW ChairsBrass Desk FanAuthentic Knoll Womb ChairWoodard Sculptura Lounge ChairsAntique Carved Santos HeadEames DCM ChairNote: These auctions end between Monday afternoon, July 6, and Thursday evening, July 9. Happy bidding! [...]



Over and Out

2009-07-03T12:47:11.025-07:00

Photo by -stacey-Have a lovely long holiday weekend, everyone! I'll see you back here on Monday.P.S. If you're local, don't miss Evan B. Harris and Alisha Wessler's new show, Back Channels, opening tonight at Johansson Projects as part of the monthly Oakland Art Murmur. [...]



eBay Finds

2009-07-02T08:40:00.567-07:00

Vintage Mercury Glass Apothecary BottleHadrill & Horstmann Counterbalance LampOrla Kiely Scribble Stem Cushion CoverPaul McCobb Room DividerAntique Demijohn BottleVintage Industrial StoolAntique Fireside Accent ChairsGoodform Aluminum Desk ChairJack Lenor Larson X StoolsConran Mac LampErnst Dragsted Silverplate ElephantExit LampSortie LampStig Lindberg Spear DishDanish Modern Lounge ChairsPair Vintage Plaster LampsLuxo Drafting LampMilo Baughman Scoop SetteeVintage Factory Milk Glass Drop LightPair Frederick Cooper Turquoise LampsSpectacular Hollywood Regency Lounge ChairVintage Trouble Light StandVintage School Light FixtureVintage Wire Basket1960s Geovanni Bragolin Crying BoyNote: These auctions end between Friday morning, July 3 and Monday morning, July 6. Happy bidding! [...]



Cool Stuff: Pandora Deluxe Cutlery

2009-07-02T01:40:02.679-07:00

Are there picnics and barbecues in your future this holiday weekend? Too bad you don't have a set of these uber-fancy plastic utensils. After all, you don't want to dig into that potato salad with just any old supermarket spork, do you?Next time, be prepared with these chic forks, knives, and spoons from Italy's Pandora Design, which take the form of fine silver cutlery but come in a variety of poppy plastic hues. Bonus: The lightweight utensils are dishwasher safe, so they'll serve you well for many al fresco meals to come.Right now, they're on sale for $18.90 per four-piece set from Rose and Radish. [...]



Objects of Lust: Victoria Morris Pottery

2009-07-01T10:27:37.709-07:00

Inspired by both Scandinavian and Japanese traditions, Los Angeles ceramic artist Victoria Morris creates beautifully subtle, organic pottery that recalls a midcentury aesthetic and yet feels utterly modern.Morris's pieces are available through L.A.'s OK Store (where the hand-thrown vases above run $65 to $195 apiece) and Zelen.Check out more of her work right here. [...]



Etsy Find: Jane Heller Photography

2009-07-01T09:19:05.737-07:00

I adore the quiet, contemplative quality of these images from Montreal-based photographer and Etsy seller Jane Heller. In her work, Heller focuses on "the nuances of everyday life, the small details that go unnoticed, light and shadow, humor and sadness, and everything in between." Above: I Love ThreadA Day at the MuseumLingerie on the LineFamily Threads IIFree as a BirdBlue WedgwoodSweet DreamsThreadEach signed and dated, archival-quality 8-by-12-inch print is $35. Other sizes are available on request. See all of Heller's Etsy offerings right here -- and check out more of her work here. [...]



Cool Stuff: Muralettes Wall Decals

2009-06-30T22:17:08.120-07:00

(image) Genevieve Smith and Anna Conklin -- the women behind San Francisco's Magpie Decorative Painting company -- have just introduced Muralettes. Unlike most other wall decals, Muralettes appear to be hand-painted, showcasing subtle color variations and delicate brush strokes.

(image) Designs include Branch and Bird (top), Garden of Posies (above), and Fishies (below). Though they were designed for kids' rooms, I could definitely see the branches in an adult space, and the posie design in a whimsical, feminine room.

(image) The decals are $85 a set right here.(image)



eBay Finds

2009-06-29T01:01:43.334-07:00

Antique Grain Sack FabricVintage Glass Fishing FloatKnoll Womb ChairVintage Scout StaplerMidcentury Lounge ChairZebra Handmalat Cups & SaucersWooden Map Cabinet (pick up in Albany, New York)Milo Baughman Lounge Chair (pick up in Raleigh, North Carolina)1940 School Map of EuropeVintage Florence Prolon Melamine BowlOriginal Bertoia Diamond ChairMidcentury Writing DeskDollhouse Miniature Medical ChartsPair Italian Murano Glass LampsSet of Two Giant ClamshellsNorm 69 Large Artichoke Lamp KitSyrocco Sunburst MirrorDanish Modern Magazine TableAlphabet Letterpress BlocksChristian Dell Wall-Mounted LampAntique Balance ScalesKaj Franck Cruet SetAntique Oak Printers CabinetNote: These auctions end between today and Thursday evening, July 2. Happy bidding! [...]



Over and Out

2009-06-26T13:17:29.761-07:00


Have a lovely weekend!

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Cool Stuff: Honesty Stamps

2009-06-26T11:05:47.846-07:00

(image) Heartfelt communication is just so ... time-consuming. Enter Honesty Stamps from British artist Dominic Wilcox, which let you express your deepest feelings without any of that pesky soul-searching or tedious word-crafting.

(image) The sentiments range from sweet to snarky, and the wooden stamps come in a pretty white gift box -- making it all that much easier to let that special someone know how you really feel.

(image) They're £15 (about $25) each from London retailer Thorsten van Elten.(image)



Mark Your Calendar: Friday Fun

2009-06-25T20:09:20.717-07:00

A trio of great art events happening in San Francisco Friday night:* Artists Annie Galvin and Eric Rewitzer, ceramist Diana Fayt, furniture maker Brad Boggie, and jewelry designer Cheryl Freeman showcase new pieces during their Renegade Preview Party from 5 to 9 p.m. at 3 Fish Studios in Dogpatch.* Alexis Mackenzie's Never Be Sad debuts at Park Life in the Richmond District. The opening reception runs from 7 to 10 p.m., and the show will be up through July 27.* Battle Royal -- a group show featuring Julian Callos, Anthony Clarkson, Joshua Clay, Patrick Gannon, Gene Guynn, Walt Hall, Martin Hsu, Aaron Jasinski, Marcus Schafer, and Jeremy Tinder -- opens with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. at Gallery 1988 in Polk Gulch. The show will be up through July 18.Have fun! [...]



Retail Therapy: L.A.'s Voila!

2009-06-25T09:58:42.092-07:00

I first became acquainted with Los Angeles shop Voila! when I visited their booth at the last SF20 show. It was filled with gorgeously repurposed vintage industrial furnishings and darkly glamorous objets, and it was pretty much love at first sight.I was excited to visit the Voila! showroom on North La Brea during our last trip to Southern California, but alas, it was closed the day we stopped by.These new photos of the shop, shot by Sam Frost for a recent feature on 1stdibs, make me more determined than ever to get there.I'm absolutely mesmerized by store owner Katrien Van der Schueren's inspired mix of dark, weird, and wonderful Belgian antiques and curiosities. And though I'm positive that everything here is way out of my price range, I could definitely kill an hour or two furtively fondling it all -- not to mention taking inspiration for future eBay scouting missions.Read the 1stdibs article on Voila! here -- and browse the shop's online offerings here. [...]



eBay Finds

2009-06-24T23:10:35.906-07:00

Two Lime Green Eames Shell ChairsFinel Enameled Mushroom BowlSet of Six Vintage Modernist Chairs1970s Chrome and Glass ChandelierRetro Burl Walnut Salad Bowl and ServersHerman Miller Orange Shell ChairCathrineholm Enamel Bowls and Teak TrayFour Plycraft Bentwood Children's ChairsVintage Painted Wood BirdcageVintage Social Realist PaintingEames DCW ChairVintage Royal Dux Porcelain OwlNude in a Pink Dotted Room by Andre GrillJielde Blue Modernist Desk LampVintage Industrial Tripod Flood LampFrancis Kughler Nude in Profile Oil 1940sIndustrial Metal Table LampVintage Shoe Molds1950s Architectural Drafting TableVintage French School Chart MossVintage Tractor StoolMidcentury Modern Floating Arm SofaAtomic Two-Tone Tension Pole LampPair Knoll Saarinen Side ChairsSet of Six Kai Kristiansen Solid Teak Dining ChairsVintage Leather Toiletry Case, Leather Overnight Case, Black Leather Suitcase, Tweed Striped Suitcase, and Black Leather Train CaseFrench Vintage School PosterNote: These auctions all end between Thursday afternoon, June 25, and Sunday evening, June 28. Happy bidding! [...]



Objects of Lust: Anna Sykora Ceramics

2009-06-24T08:31:07.771-07:00

The minute I saw these, I fell hard. I mean, yum.Handcrafted by Berlin ceramist Anna Sykora from Limoges porcelain, each piece is covered in a fine layer of earth-based terra sigillata clay that Sykora mixes herself before being inscribed with a delicate pattern and fired at ultra-high temperature.Available in a variety of colors and patterns, the bowls are 40 to 44 euros (about $56 to $62), the vases are 198 euros ($278), and the platters are 120 to 190 euros ($169 to $267) from Craft2Eu.See more of Sykora's work here. [...]