Letterheady is a great website run by Shaun Usher showcasing interesting letterhead designs, mainly it seems from famous people, offices and corporations. Shaun describes it as, "an online homage to offline correspondence; specifically letters. However, here at Letterheady we don't care about the letter's content. Just its design." What a
wonderful resource for ephemera geeks and designers.There's a good range too- some of the designs are simple and to the point whilst others like the Barnum's one (above) are fantastically elaborate. Here are my favourites: Images copyright Letterheady.
Via our friends at Sell! Sell!
Big thanks to Elizabeth Pinnock for getting it touch to tell us about, Crumpet and Skirt
her lovely new website created to, "indulging her love of all things vintage"
She has a gorgeous selection of vintage style products from greetings cards to tea-towels all featuring, "saucy 50s ladies, tastefully attired in vintage undies and assuming a range of coquettish poses"
. There's feisty redhead Rita (seen above on Santa Baby), classic pin-up girl Marilyn, demure and frothy brunette Vivien and blonde bombshell Veronica.
All the above products are available here
and as Elizabeth says, "civilised and saucy, there’s no need to hide them when Granny comes for Tea"
Images copyright Crumpet and Skirt.
This week marks the 35th birthday of one of my favourite characters, Hello Kitty. Now doesn't she look good for 35?
Hello Kitty was designed for Sanrio
by Ikuko Shimizu. She was first introduced to the Japanese public on a small vinyl purse in 1974 and to the US public a few years later in 1976. The start of what they describe as a, "global Hello Kitty phenomenon"
, and who could disagree? Over the last 35 years many fictional characters have come and gone, but Hello Kitty is still going strong - stronger in fact!
To celebrate, Sanrio have teamed up with Jamie Rivadeneira, owner of pop-culture shop, JapanLa
, to create a three week long exhibition, 'Three Apples Art Show
' - "a multi-dimensional exhibition and celebration of all things Hello Kitty; the first ever event of its kind in the US!"
It incorporates an art exhibition showcasing one-of-a-kind Hello Kitty inspired pieces created by 80+ contemporary artists, a pop-up shop and unique product/design displays including a retrospective of products and collaborations from the last 35 years.The event is currently running at the Royal, T café, shop and art space in Culver City, CA until 15 November.
For those of us that can't hop over to the West coast to see the exhibition, there are loads of 35th anniversary products available here
.Image copyright Sanrio.
#58 - Vintage matchbook covers
. These are a selection from the collection I bought a couple of weeks ago
. They're a great mixture, originating from the UK, Germany, Norway, France and China - it's really interesting how similar the styles are.
The best type for me is the 'AGIO' on the first one and the number '8' on the 'Darcy' one, but they've all got charm in their own way, be it their colour palate, typography, design or illustration style. I never get bored of looking at them.
It seems to be the week for great giveaways - our friends over at Sell! Sell!
are giving away some of their exclusive(ish) 'F*ck off Jonathan from Spotify'
tees. All you have to do is finish the sentence "I need a Sell! Sell! Fuck off Jonathan from Spotify tee shirt because..."
and email it to them with your tee size. Simple! Now what's Spotify and who's Jonathan??
Meanwhile our friends across the pond at Hero Design Studio & Boutique
are having a Modern Housewares Contest
, giving away some great iconic pieces including an Eames Hang-it-All Rack! All you have to do is tell them which homeware you couldn't live without or which of the giveaway items you really NEED! Unfortunately for us though, this ones for US residents only.
I just came across the work of Berdene du Toit
on The Ampersand
and I love it - type and jewellery - what's not to like?
Canadian based Berdene handcrafts each letterform out of MDF, sands it down and then sprays or paints it to give the desired finish. Her pieces vary from single letterform earings/necklaces to elaborate multi-piece designs (as above). These long chains (below) are my favourite though, particularly the yellow one with the little dangling 'i'.
Checkout the full range of Berdene's fabulous jewellery here
.Images copyright Berdene du Toit.
Via The Ampersand.
Number 13 is a wonderful book, Signs & Emblems by Erhardt Steibner and Dieter Urban, published in 1984.
I have only ever seen it on blogs and Flickr
groups, but it looks like a great source of inspiration. There's just something nice about a book full of mono graphics and symbols.
I have found a few copies of this one for sale here
, but none are what I would call cheap, but I bet it's worth every penny.
Ok so no. 6 is only a concept, but this is a wishlist! It's a Full Size Chocolate Keyboard
, the idea of Russian product designer, Michael Sholk. This would make such a great Christmas gift.
If you really want a chocolate keyboard for someone this Christmas, you can buy one here
, but it doesn't look anywhere near as good as Sholk's one and is nowhere near full size.Image copyright Michael Sholk.
We would like to wish Vic
at Sell! Sell!
a very Happy Birthday!
Enjoy your cupcakes!Sadly we're not too clever in the kitchen, so these delightful cupcakes are from Treacle & Co.
I found these on the Samba
, a US VW forum - VW's and vintage matchbook covers - 2 of my favourite things combined. What a delight! It's a really good collection, ranging from the 50's to the 70's.
More matchbooks here
I came across The Criterion Collection
over on Sell! Sell!
this morning. It's a series of classic and contemporary films, re-released on DVD with restored picture and sound quality. Each title also has an original, newly designed cover to complete the package and some of them are really great - above are my favourites.
Big thanks to Kate at Make Do & Mend
, who nominated us for an, 'I Love Your Blog' award, we are very honoured!
We've given it a bit of a facelift for the design fraternity and in the spirit of the award would like to give it to fellow bloggers: Dirty Mouse
, Grain Edit
, Inspire Me Now
, Sell Sell
, The Serif
and last, but not least, Ultimate Deluxe
How gorgeous are these ice cream containers? I'm guessing they're from the 50's, but have never been used, so apart from a little discolouring they're in tip top condition!
For more fab packaging have a look here
.#24 a new addition - 1950's ice cream containers
How gorgeous is this Nauga? An advertising mascot created to advertise Uniroyals' synthetic fabric, 'Naugahyde' in the 60's and make it stand out from the competition.
You can read the full story here
- any of you US peeps got one? Apparently they can still be found.Via Sell! Sell!