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If you don’t know Grain Edit, get out from under that rock and join us up here. Run by Dave Cuzner, Grain Edit is a great blog about illustration and graphic design. It’s main focus is graphic art from the 1950s through 1970s, so if you love vintage goodness, you’ve got to check it out.

Today, Dave’s rounding up some things that have been on his mind recently.






1. Miroslav Sasek – This is Munich c.1961

Miroslav Sasek created a wonderful series of children’s books during the late 1950s-1970s. Each book in the series focused on a specific city and featured Miroslav’s signature illustration style. This is Munich is one of my favorites. His whimsical illustrations bring the city to life. Makes me want to move to Munich!


Film still from The Last Days of Disco

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2 Whit Stillman Movies

Last week Metropolitan popped up on TV and it got me thinking, what happened to Whit Stillman? I was a fan of his movies during the 90s and I want more! His last film  was The Last Days of Disco in 1998. In Sept Criterion re-released The Last Days of Disco on DVD with some new material. That’s a good start, but I’d love to see a new flick in the works.


Alvin Lustig Chair Produced by Paramount Furniture c.1949/1950

Image source: Artnet

3. Alvin Lustig Chair

Alvin Lustig was a designer based in Los Angeles during the 1940s and 1950s. He’s mostly known for his contributions to the field of graphic design, but he also designed this stunning chair. Only a small number of these chairs were ever produced (around 60 total) and they rarely surface. I love the design and would be a very happy man If I could ever own an orange one. Chances are looking pretty slim though.


4. This Guy is Bananas

I found this image a few years ago on one of my zany thrift store adventures. This photo (along with 10-12 other photos of this guy in various banana related poses) were hidden in the middle of a book. What’s with all the bananas? I have no idea, but whenever I need a good laugh, I just take a gander at banana man.


5. Voussoir Cloud

My wife recently started a blog called Pleat Farm, which focuses on pleats and folds in architecture, fashion and industrial design. Recently she dug up this beautiful structure created by San Francisco-based architects, IwamotoScott. The Voussoir Cloud  is a site-specific architectural installation constructed with paper-thin wood laminate along curved seams. The end result is absolutely breathtaking.

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