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Local Find: Vintage Rolltop Metal Desk

Is this the grandfather of the tanker desk?

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eBay Find: Vintage Triumph Motorcycle Ads

I just found a seller who has a set of neat ad brochures from Triumph Motorcycles up for auction (here and here).

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A Nelson Swag Desk in the Wild

They’re iconic, but not too popular.  I think I would like them more if they were smaller width-wise.

This is in an office belonging to Yo Shitara (president of BEAMS) and was part of an interview with him in the special All About USA BEAMS x Popeye magazine.  They sadly did not bring up the topic of that wonderfully tacky saxophone sculpture sitting on the shelf to his left.


Ercol Originals

I was going through some of my older posts and realized that it’s a shame that Ercol’s furniture is not easily available here in the U.S. (or at least the originals line).  I’ve been shopping locally for new chairs with no luck, but the butterfly chairs and love seat are exactly what I’m looking for.

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Tom Kundig – Houses

I came across this book recently featuring a few homes designed by local architect Tom Kundig. I usually tend to dislike these sorts of books, but this one is actually pretty good.

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He’s has been getting lots of press lately on a number of different projects including the Outpost and the 1111 Pike condos.

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Pens and Pencils

I was asked about the mechanical pencil in my last post on the Hill-Side pocket squares – it’s made by Caran d’ache of Switzerland and these particular models are reasonably priced between $10-20.  The smaller pencils in the picture below are from a German company called Wörther and can be fun to use at times on stretches.

Pens and Pencils

Minoru Matsuzawa Featured in Monocle

In a recent issue of Monocle (I think it was the April or May edition), there was a short inset on several up and coming architects from around the world.  Most of the buildings featured were boring modernist homes, but the one that stood out in particular was the country house that architect Minoru Matsuzawa designed for himself and his wife.  It was the only building featured that still had a sense of both culture and craftsmanship.

Read on to see scans of the article and pictures of his home. I think this is the website for his firm as well: http://web.me.com/minorumatsuzawa/architecture/home.html

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Horween Leather

Video about Horween shell cordovan leather: http://vimeo.com/4814754

Margaret Howell’s Furniture

Among the clothing that is sold in her stores, are reproduction furniture pieces from British companies.  Out of her selections, I like Ercol’s original pieces the most as to me they feel like a good balance between old and contemporary designs.  Read on for more scans and images.

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