Andy Smith

With catchy titles & arresting graphics, Andy Smith’s books are quite fetching. Be sure to check out his silkscreened prints, as well.

Andy Smith hand silkscreened books

hand silkscreened

From Andy Smith (who just might have the cutest home page ever.) £5. Limited edition.

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Dan Stiles Poster Art

One of my favorite places (along with SF’s Great American Music Halland Copenhagen’s Lokomotive Repair Hall) to hear music is at The Fillmore concert venue in San Francisco – can’t beat listening to incredible tunes underneath enormous, gorgeous chandeliers.

But my real love for the place lies upstairs in the “poster room”; every inch of the walls is covered in a dazzling array of posters featuring acts that have played there over the years. Great place to visit before the show, grab some noshes and peruse the walls. You’ll always come across nice surprises.

Which is why it was so delightful to stumble across the talented Dan Stiles, whose poster art conveys humor, panache and engaging visual imagery. Make sure to check out his hip tees, too.

The incomparable Wilco

The incomparable Wilco

Large portfolio available from his site. Prices vary.

Andy Warhol: Red Books

Real design treasures can be found in museum shops (NYC’s MOMA, Buenos Aires’ Museo de Arte Moderno and Paris’ Centre Pompidou are three of my favorites) and at recent visit to San Francisco’s de Young museum, to see the engaging “Andy Warhol Live” exhibit, was no exception.

Came upon these nifty “Red Books”, reproductions of 11 of his Polaroid albums. Nicely packaged in a matching red box.

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Red Books

From Amazon. $69.35.

Il Bueno (“The Good”) and Il Cattivo (“The Bad”) Sculptures

Years ago, my friend Tim introduced me to the joys of spaghetti westerns – after one weekend, I was hooked.

The film “The Good, Bad and the Ugly” is at the top of my list for that genre, so I was delighted to find the film-inspired Il Bueno and Il Cattivo sculptures. Unique mid-century-meets-UFO sensibility.

10.6 inches high x 5.5 inches wide; doubles as a piggy bank.

Il Bueno & Il Cattivo

Il Bueno & Il Cattivo

Wannekes lists them in their “kids” section but they’d fit in beautifully as a display piece in any mid-century/modern influenced (including my own) home. €185.