Design As a seller of vintage goods, I am fortunate to come upon some wonderful relics of our Mid-Century Modern era, a short lived but incredibly artistic and innovative time period. Many of the companies that produced these goods are no longer in existence, but there is one furniture company that has stood the test of time. That company is Flexsteel out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Flexsteel, originally founded by Frank Bertsch in 1893, is still in existence. The company changed names several times, but was eventually renamed Flexsteel for the incredibly strong and durable frame found in its upholstered furniture. At the height of the Contemporary Modern Movement in the 1960s, Flexsteel competed with the likes ( continue reading... )

The Cocktail Nation

The Cocktail Nation: Clouseaux

Episode 320    Jul 27th 2014

This week we find out about a new release from Clouseaux. There’s news on the passing of a film great, the death of the worlds oldest working jazz musician, a wonderful documentary on Pan Am and of course the best Lounge and Exotica from across the globe!

Design Matthew Lyons is a talented British born designer with a love for simplistic retro futuristic designs that tributes the mid century illustrations of artists such as Charles Schridde. Along with the illustrations, Matthew have also worked on a handful of faux movie title screens from the past that looks intriguing. His work would no doubt work very well as prints for any retro styled bachelor or bachelorette pad, so let’s hope that Matthew decides to make a profit on his talented work some day very soon. Which one is your favorite? ( continue reading... )


Design The TV show Mad Men om AMC sets a high standard for designer aficionados and gives endless opportunities to pick up inspiration for designers, illustrators and animators. For the season six premiere, Cape Town-based agency Radio came up with a series of three vintage inspired Mad Men posters that feature Don, Roger and Joan in settings that resemble the works of Saul Bass. The three ( read more... )

Design When it comes to the choice of reproduction or vintage I find that a mixture of reproduction furniture and clothing is often better way to go. Many years ago I was convinced that the only way of life was with vintage clothing and furniture, and lets face it, it’s truly marvellous because you are taking a piece of history and recycling and re using it ( read more... )

Design “We choose to go to the moon, not because it is easy, but because it is hard!” John F. Kennedy, Sept. 12, 1962. Rice University, Texas. Huh! What did he say? President Kennedy’s speech, kicking off the Space Race, was inspired words. But everyone knows the real reason we went to the moon. We went because it was COOL! What showed us how cool it really was ( read more... )

Design Here is your chance to score some really cool looking vintage movie posters from the past. Eye Sea Posters sources original vintage film posters from around the world and makes them available at reasonable prices. Their collection is handpicked with an emphasis on design. They specialize in Polish and Turkish film posters from the 1960s and 1970s by artists like Jerzy Flisak, Wiktor Gorka, Andrzej ( read more... )