Monday, November 23, 2009

Giving Thanks

Joseph Beuys, Matthew Barney, Kiki Smith, Kara Walker, Lorna Simpson, Fred Wilson, Louise Bourgeois, Stefan Sagmeister, Neville Brody, Peter Saville, The Bauhaus, Bruce Mau, Irma Boom, Droog Design, Experimental Jet Set, M/M Paris, ACT-UP, Man Ray, Carrvaggio, Gerard Richter, Thomas Struth, Ray Johnson, Charles Schultz, The Smiths, The B-52s, Cole Porter, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Edith Piaf, David Bowie, Chet Baker, The Free Design, Peaches, Nouvelle Vague, Nina Simone, The Pixies, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Bronski Beat, Mos Def, Derek Jarman, Catherine Breillat, Wes Anderson, the Coen Brothers, David Cronenberg, Wim Wenders, Isabella Rossellini, Divine, Viktor & Rolf, Commes Des Garçons, Helmut Lang, J.K. Rowling, Truman Capote, Chip Kidd, Italo Calvino, Raymond Queneau, Charles Bukowski, E.M. Forester, Mary Renault, Henry Miller, Max Huber, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Tibor Kalman, Emigre, Ray Gun, Bradbury Thompson, Sister Corita Kent, Paula Scher, Eero Saarinen, Wim Crouwel, Karl Martens, Aubrey Beardsley, Kiki Smith, Jenny Holzer, Pipilotti Rist, Annie Sprinkles, Francis Bacon, Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ryan McGinness, Kehinde Wilye, Walker Evans, Robert Mapplethorpe, Philip Lorca diCorsia, They Might Be Giants, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Dave Brubeck, Duran Duran, Fischerspooner, Laurie Anderson, Grace Jones, Boy George, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubric, Frederico Fellini, The Criterion Collection, David Cronenberg, NPR, Bruce La Bruce, New Order, Joy Division, Joan Jett, The Chemical Brothers, Bjork, Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The White Stripes, Donna Summer, The Dresden Dolls, Tom Waits, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Goldfrappe, Blondie, Tom of Finland, Toulouse Lautrec, Henri Cartier-Breson, Judy Chicago, Carolee Scheeman, Henry Darger, Nayland Blake, David LaChapelle, Jenny Holzer, Pierre & Giles, Nan Goldin, Catherine Opie, Bureau of Inverse Technology, Jeff Koons, Pageant Print and Book Shop, Subway Inn, Tramway Diner, Lever House, The Segrams Building, The Chrysler Building, The Ambassador Bridge, The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Warehouse, The Dock, Limelight, NASA (the nightclub), Downtown Beruit, Pyramid, Khaldi's, Highland Coffeehouse, Beat Club, Bar d'O, The Frying Pan, The Roxy, The Electric Company, Solid Gold, Dance Fever, Absolutely Fabulous, Chuck Jones, Catherine Deneuve, Christopher Isherwood, Dorothy Parker, Anais Nin, Anne Rice, Michael Chabon, i-D, Interview, The Face, David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, Augusten Burroughs, Albert Camus, Ayn Rand, Shelley Jackson, Jean-Paul Sartre, OuLiPo, J.D. Salinger, Vivianne Westwood, John Gallianno, Mr. Pearl, Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld, Rufus Wainwright, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Isaac Hayes, George Clinton, Radiohead, MIKA, The Go-Go's, MTV (1981-1994), Tracey Ullman, The Simpsons, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, French and Saunders, The Young Ones, Josaphine Baker, Pam Grier, Dogs in Space, Le Tigre, LCD Soundsystem, Scissor Sisters, Eryhah Badu, Klaus Nomi, Dally in the Alley, Amanda Palmer, Talking Heads, Sonic Youth, Magnetic Fields, Future Bible Heros, Detroit Institute of Art, Sam's Jams, Moss, The Fox Theater, Royal Oak, The High Line, Michael Clark, Joey Arias, Justin Bond, Murray Hill, Lady Bunny, Leigh Bowery, Matthew Bourne, Dan Savage, Isabella Blow, Ayrton Senna, Ira Glass, Paul Rand, Ellen Lupton, Paul Elliman, Edward Tufte, Saul Bass, Lester Beall, Charles & Ray Eames, Diller + Scofidio, R. Buckminster Fuller, Apple, Olivetti, Zaha Hadid, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Antonin Artaud, Otto Dix, Marcel Duchamp, Marlene Dumas, Marcel Dzama, Robert Frank, Edward Hopper, Eva Hesse, Ellen von Unwerth, Sophie Calle, The Guerrilla Girls, Joseph Cornell, Wallpaper, Alain Robbe-Grillet, George Perec, Jean Genet, William S. Burroughs, Luc Sante, Dennis Cooper, Thomas Mann, Paper Magazine, Life in Hell, Cabinet, David Rakoff, Raymond Carver, Flannery O'Connor, Geoff Ryman, Will Self, Anne Rice, John Rechy, John Waters, John Hughes, Tilda Swinton, Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, Mondo New York, Sifl and Olly, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Kyle Cooper, Bettie Page, John Willie, Mae West, David Byrne, Will Shorts, Martha Stewart, Mr. Holstien, my 7th grade science teacher who taught me how to tape music off of the radio...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Nayland Blake

Restraint Chair

And speaking of that Times piece on Lolita, that handsome gentleman at her side is none other than Nayland Blake.

One in 8 Million

Photography by Todd Heisler for The New York Times

is one of my favorite people off all time. I strive to attain half of her moxie. Well done!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Field Trip: Walsh Metalworks

I like metal. I mean, I really like metal. Last week Sullivan Walsh kindly opened the huge steel doors of Walsh Metalworks and allowed me to poke around his workshop.

Walsh Metalworks specializes in the custom made furniture, ornaments, and accessories and it's all handcrafted in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The piece that initially got me curious was the bondage bed. It blurs the line between "sex life" and regular life and I'm a big fan of sex toys you don't have to hide when the parents come to visit. It's lovely in and of itself and still utilitarian in the best possible way. It's a bed with a wink and a nod.

I'd like to see what he could do with a desk chair.

Collar and wrist cuffs

Historic reproductions of a slave collar and mask.

Friday, November 6, 2009