Yeah! Merry Christmas - we've finally reached number 24 and in true advent style this is a big one...
A Mercedes 300SL
or a 'Gull Wing
' as it's often known. A stunningly beautiful car with bags of style and top of my car wishlist.
Built by Daimler-Benz AG as a fuel-injected, road version of their highly successful 1952 competition sports car, the 300SL was introduced at the New York Auto Show, 1954 as a two-seater sports coupe with characteristic gull-wing doors.
Please Santa if you're reading this, it truly would make a fantastic Christmas gift!
Number 23 - only one day to go - and so to the penultimate item in my Delicious Days of Advent list. The TTi USB turntable with Ipod
I suspect these have been around for a while, but I've only recently come across them. A USB turntable with an Ipod dock, making it possible to download vinyl directly to your PC or onto your Ipod!!
What a great idea, and it's only £138.99
! I'm sold on this already!
Number 22 - The amazing ABC3D
pop-up book by Marion Bataille.
I think this one is probably on every designer and typographers Christmas list (unless they have it already!) but it's far too wonderful to leave out.
I first posted about this book back in March
when a mock-up version was demonstrated in a short video on Youtube
. The finished book was released in October this year and is every bit as great as I imagined.
At the minute it's only £6.49 on Amazon
(although there is also one listed
for £110.60!! - surely that must be a typo?). It would be a great addition to any coffee table - so grab yourselves a bargain.Images from Amazon.
Only 3 days of advent to go! Number 21 is a pair of CYRK posters
posters are Polish circus/art posters created during the golden era of the Polish School of Posters (post World War II-1989). They "achieved a remarkable artistic quality as well as an unmatched degree of popularity"
These are 2 of my favourite ones, designed by Hubert Hilscher (1924 - 1999). There are some original ones for sale here
Another book for number 20. Norman Parkinson Portraits in Fashion
by Robert Muir.
I absolutely adore Norman Parkinson's photography and this book includes all my favourite images. It's arranged decade by decade and illustrated with fashion plates, portraits and contact sheets, some of which had never been seen before the book was published.
The hardback edition is available to buy here
and fine art prints are available here
. But if you want to see some of his work in the flesh, our favourite photography gallery, Arden & Anstruther
in Petworth, UK have some Norman Parkinson photographs in their private collection and they normally have at least one on display.Images copyright the Norman Parkinson Archive.
A nostalgic number 19 - Catalog: The Illustrated History of Mail-Order Shopping by
I love old catalogues - the models, the clothes, the poses and the photos, they're so kitsch and fun. This book is a collection of ads and pages from American mail-order catalogues like L.L.Bean and Sears, organised into categories like clothing, food, animals etc... It traces a timeline through American history of fashions and trends through the products available in the catalogues.Catalog
is available to buy in the UK from here
and in the US from here
. A definite on my Christmas list!Images copyright Robin Cherry.
Just saw this over at Sell! Sell!
- it's their excellent new infomercial for FoneGloo:"FoneGloo is the latest innovation in mobile phone retention - a sticky gloop that will stick your mobile to your face so that you don't lose it on one of those boozy nights out."
No.18 is The Giant Golden Book of Biology
: An introduction to the Science of Life, illustrated by the wonderful Charley Harper in 1961.
I have only ever seen this book on design blogs, but the illustrations and colours look fantastic. These images are from Grain Edits Flickr group
which has loads of great pics from the book.
I would love to own it! Copies do come up on Ebay quite often and there are always some for sale here
, but at prices from $599 it's a serious purchase, so I'm still hoping to find a copy at a boot sale!
These have been in the reference box for quite a while - a collection of vintage Christmas cards from 1960 onwards.
I bought them from a boot sale all taped into a scrapbook. There a quite a few more, but these are the best ones. My favourite is the robin, which I think was some kind of charity card designed by a child called, Marian.
The amount of detail is fantastic - many of them have foil blocking, glitter or embossing and are folded in an unusual way with print also on the inner.A festive #29 - Vintage Christmas Cards, 1960 onwards
A gorgeous number 17 - Girard Alphabet Blocks
by House Industries.
Fun and functional, brightly coloured alphabet blocks
created by House Industries in collaboration with the estate of the late designer, Alexander Girard.
The 28 wooden blocks are made from replenishable, kiln-dried basswood and printed with non-toxic, child friendly inks. The blocks feature "alphabets based on the forthcoming Alexander Girard font collection and a cleverly-adapted House Industries factory logo puzzle".
A great gift for children or adults alike and available here
.Image copyright House Industries.
Sweet 16 - the fabulous Vivienne Westwood Opus!
A "startling insight into Vivienne Westwood, her manifesto and her stunning designs, which reflect the passion of her collections"
It's an amazingly luxurious 90 x 64cm, 200 page publication, filled with 97 giant (80 x 64cm) polaroids of her unique designs and each one is hand-signed by Dame Vivienne Westwood herself.
There are only 900 copies available worldwide in nine cover designs (100 copies per design). The most expensive of these covers - the Union Jack (£2100) has already sold out, but the remaining editions can still be bought here
for £1400.Images copyright Vivienne Westwood.
Christmas by Colour
is a, "not-for-profit exploration into the colours that shape our Christmas"
. They have been busy collating colour submissions from fellow bloggers over the last few weeks and have now made their final cut into A1 limited edition posters.
The poster is an edition of 500, printed on 135gsm Naturalis Absolute White and comes with a free A2 sheet of Christmas by Colour giftwrap.
They are available here
for £10 +pp and all profits will be donated to Calm.Image copyright Christmas by Colour.
Via the wonderful Dirty Mouse.
15 is an old favourite - an original 1958, linen-backed Vertigo poster
This rare, 41 x 81" format poster for Hitchcock's 'Vertigo', is my favourite Saul Bass movie poster. At the Movies
available for £8000, along with an original 27 x 41"
format version for £5000 and a modern reproduction
for a more palatable £19.99!Image from At the Movies.
Another late post (but it is the weekend). Number 14 - Set of 6 Miniature Chairs: Design Interior Collection Vol 4
These gorgeous, miniature designer chairs are 1:12 scale models. This set of 6 includes design classics such as Le Corbusier's LC4 Chaise Longue, the LC2 Grand Confort sofa, the Bocca sofa by Studio 65, George Nelson's Marshmallow Sofa, the Ball Chair by Eero Aarnio and a pair of Ladder Chairs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
I found this set in the Design Museum Shop