Tuesday, December 16, 2014

World Of Birds

The longstanding Danish game mystery was finally cracked by our Swedish pal Stefan who revealed that these birds were crafted by a reasonably obscure designer named Jacob Hermann. Unfortunately, as tends to be the case in situations like these, it now seems as though every dealer is attributing similar, minimal wooden fowl to the enigmatic Mr. Hermann. On a positive note: we were able to add a few more authentic specimens to our flock this year, and we remain hopeful that we can continue to do so!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Beat Your Heart Out

Punk ephemera from Arizona's early years is scarce enough, but the Browbeat fanzine created by David Wiley (of The Consumers) and Bart (son of Sandy) Bull was largely mythical, due mostly to the fact that it was issued in a measly edition of 1-200 copies in 1977! After a few dead ends, I'd about given up hope entirely—that is until my buddy Ryan scored two of 'em from some anonymous benefactor. Blessed be them both cuz they certainly made this native son's year a whole lot better!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Loner With A Boner

43/M/Atlanta. Sy Klopps is still looking for his Su. Can anyone help a brother out?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Forged In Flames

Valery's been studying the art of silversmithing for nearly two years now, and she's been hard at work creating designs and perfecting new techniques. We're hoping to set up a home studio in 2015, so she can offer her modernist jewelry to the public.  

Stay tuned!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Fish

Valery's interest in the work of noted ceramist, LaGardo Tackett, continued unabated in 2014, with the arrival of several new additions to our school. Made in collaboration with Kenji Fujita, these plates were available in a variety of sizes, and we're still after a few more examples. If you happen to stumble across any, please let us know!
 
 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Red With Purple Flashes

Nabbing those big items off our wantlist is always fun, but sometimes it's the little things that make collecting just as enjoyable—the little thing in question here being a container produced by Wartsila Finel in 1969, and a welcome addition to Valery's growing vintage enamelware collection!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

No Reason To Complain

2014's tax return allowed us to buy ourselves a li'l something special, so we opted to purchase this 12x16 plaque, designed by Bertil Vallien for Hal Fromhold Studio, circa 1961. Though better known for his studio glassware, we love this early example of Vallien's work, and we'd been after this feathered specimen for quite a while—thankfully, we had some extra pocket money when this'un finally materialized. Whew!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Comin' Home Baby

We're big fans of this 1960s op art line produced by Ceramica Franco Pozzi, so we were thrilled when we secured the elusive fatty in this trio. We wish we knew who was responsible for these—we've seen them attributed to a variety of designers. Anyone with additional info, or who has any other pieces for sale (we have a matching ashtray and decanter set already), is invited to let us know!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Lost And Found

Anyone who's happened upon this blog should've realized by now that we devote an inordinate amount of attention to the works of Daniel G. Clowes—so why would 2014 have been any different? Sadly, no original art was procured, but our buddy Howie dug up the above item, which is no less precious. In 1986, Cracked magazine's editor in chief, Mort Todd, encouraged readers to send in a SASE for a free, unpublished and barely recognizable Uggly Family portrait. Howie threw his hat in the ring, received his free gift and promptly buried the 11x17 portrait in his limitless stacks, where it remained for the past 28 years ...until he found it and was kind enough to fork it over in a trade.

As for the rest, here's what Uggly Family co-creator Mort Todd himself had to say: that is indeed Dan's very first interpretation of the Uggly's before we named 'em, even! I would do the writing and layouts myself, and as you see this was plugging their second appearance which tied in with some Wolverton reprints.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

River Deep Mountain High

A weekend getaway trip to Asheville, NC shortly before Valery was scheduled to have major surgery provided just the reprieve we needed. We couldn't believe how much amazing stuff we found along the way—such as Umbo chairs by Directional, some vintage Cathrineholm cookware, a Stemlite lamp by Bill Curry for Design Line, a Richard Schultz side chair for Knoll (with its as-issued fabric!) and an original George Nelson/Bitossi Meridian clock for Howard Miller. How that clock ended up in an unassuming antique mall in Lavonia, GA, we'll never know!?!

Anyway, it certainly did help being so fully distracted before Valery went under the knife in March, and we're hopeful those days are now completely behind us!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Total War

It happens so infrequently, we're absolutely ecstatic over here at GG&S HQ when we somehow finish up a collection. Such was the case with these vintage booze decanters manufactured by Davar in 1961. We'd picked up four of 'em rather quickly, but that damn grenade took a few years!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Diamonds In The Rough

One of the biggest items on Valery's personal wantlist was a Richard Schultz Petal side-table (Knoll,1960), so we jumped at the chance when one of our favorite local dealers offered us this vintage redwood example. We picked it up during a dismal, rainy streak here in Atlanta, and it certainly did brighten our day. Thanks again, Peter!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Snake

Tracking down an affordable example of Elio Martinelli's Cobra lamp from 1968 had proven difficult, so we were stunned when a generous Swedish pal offered us this vintage specimen in trade. In under three weeks, we'd negotiated the deal, shipped our respective goods and were enjoying our newest additions. We wish it could always be this easy! Thanks again, Elof!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

I Am Looking For You

We secured 45 pieces of Kay Leroy Ruggles' Umbo modular shelving (in yellow) throughout the past yearfrom three different sources, with the largest stash resulting from an unexpected road-trip to nearby Greenville, SC (thanks again, Mel!). As some of you may remember, we'd nabbed over 100 white pieces a few years prior, so we were stoked to finally add some color to the mix ...now we just need to bring some orange examples home. Anyone?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Roma-Rocket

2014's unprecedented Bitossi windfall substantially improved our vintage Italian ceramics collection. Back in February, we scored this Aldo Londi designed b&w feline for Valery's blessed 39th birthday!

A month or so later, we lucked out with this Seta compote also designed by Londi!

Lastly, within two weeks of our previous find, some local foraging shook loose this large (8.5") Rimini Blue penguin Valery had been hunting for the past few years. We couldn't believe we found one in Atlanta, and for the nice price! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

I Can See What You Dig

We'd be remiss if we didn't start things off with the original Alexander Girard Environmental Enrichment panel we gifted ourselves last Christmas. Produced in 1972 by Herman Miller, a vintage Eyes panel was at the top of our wantlist, so it's no surprise that we couldn't pass it up when the opportunity presented itself. Maybe we'll showcase it in its current resting place ...next year.

Look Back In Anger

Greetings! 

So, it's been over a year, dear readers, and we know that you've missed our fairly irregular blog updates. In observation of our complete abandonment, we'll be posting once daily throughout the entire month of December in atonement. For those among you who follow us on Instagram, many of the items procured throughout 2014 may indeed seem familiar; however, those averse to social media wiles will be in for a real treat, and maybe seeing all of this in an annual aggregate is the best way to view it anyway. 

ENJOY!

GG&S

Friday, November 22, 2013

Ja Ja Ja

By far, the rarest occurrence at GG&S HQ is actually wrapping up a collection, so we were absolutely elated when we wrangled the missing third in this trinity. Patrice Dupont designed the 303 UFO portable record player for Philips in 1969, and it's long been one of our space age favorites. Despite their scarcity outside of Europe, two of these migrated to the US in the forty years prior to us finding them, oddly enough. 

The lids covering the battery/power cable compartment are typically missing when you do find these ...not the case here!

They can easily accommodate your 7", 10" and 12" records. However, these remain portables, so we wouldn't use any of these cheese graters as our everyday players.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

I Do I Do

Has it already been two years spent together as lawfully wed Mr. and Mrs.? Yes, indeed, it has! In a not-so-solemn observation of our second anniversary, we gifted ourselves a lovely, original Kantarelli table, designed by Eero Aarnio and produced by Asko in 1967—after all, we're so domestic. Looking forward to getting it set up in our office. Stay tuned!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Kicked Out Of The Webelos

So the other half of GG&S turned 38 a month or so ago. Edging further into the wrong side of my thirties should've been a lot worse—the savage reality tamed considerably by the thoughtfulness of others.

Valery continues to outdo herself! This year she surprised me with the final Couroc of Monterey mod birds tray we were missing, vintage Ramones merch (including an original guitar pick!), two additional teak Martians / Devils / Trolls manufactured by BRDR Bonfils (and allegedly designed by Jacob Jensen), the most excellent (and elusive) Napoleon popsie and a copy of Die Kreuzen's debut Cows and Beer EP (one of the first 200 copies issued in a yellow sleeve, even). Whew! Thank you so much!

Big thanks also go out to our buddy Mike for his donation toward the purchase of a record that had taken up residency on my wantlist for nearly twenty years: a minty, original copy of The Queers' Kicked Out Of The Webelos EP. Unfortunately, I wasn't lucky enough to nab it for the $1.95 it commanded in 1985 ...but we're grateful that the original price sticker was still affixed! Some persistent online trawling also dredged up a copy of Helene Morgan's Queer Daddy—an exceedingly rare title featuring one of Gene Bilbrew's best covers. Needless to say, the Q sections of our respective record and vintage paperback collections received some long overdue submissions.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Do The Pop

Now here's a post that's been a while in the making. We're sure you've noticed them bombing the occasional photo since we started this blog, but we've never addressed these strange little characters until now. We've collected 'em for nearly ten years, and Valery just presented me with one of our most sought after examples (Napoleon) as an early birthday gift, so we figured it was high time to formally introduce you!

Marketed in the mid-60s, the Popsie, a three dimensional greeting card, was allegedly conceived by Disney alum, Rolly Crump, and was produced by Pride Creations. Their particular salutations range from the heartfelt: Go To Hell, You Excite Me or I Hate Your Guts (naming but a few) to mere monosyllables: BOOM! The figures themselves also run the gamut from the more peculiar (see above) to the more mundane (see elsewhere). 

The Popsie motto (see below) certainly rings true fifty years later and I remain forever grateful to my beautiful wife for her love, caring and infinite patience. 

We still have a dozen or so left on our wantlist—please get in touch if you have any we may need!
 


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

There's A Lot Of It Going Around

We're always trying our best to stay organized at GG&S HQ and a second set of vintage String shelves seemed like the equipment necessary for wrangling (at least some of) our overflowing trove. Despite the setback caused by a ladder breaking en route, our buddy Marc came through with a replacement, thereby providing us with a better way to display our assorted gimcracks, geegaws and whatsits. Thanks again, dude!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Soda Pressing

Twenty years ago this year, Coca-Cola attempted to cash in on the Generation X craze by creating and marketing their own unique fruity concoction to that potentially lucrative, albeit slovenly demographic. By some unknown process, Coke ended up settling on Daniel Clowes as one of the artists recruited for the project, and the male/female designs above were his contribution to that particular ad campaign. A decade back, we lucked out and found the 21x21 male subway slat via a collector in Boston, and earlier this month we were able to match it up with a previously unseen female version. 

OK Soda was only available in certain test markets (detailed here) for a little over two years, so turning up any promotional materials remains relatively tough. Complicating matters even further, a young guerrilla artiste named Shepard Fairey took it upon himself to replace these subway-specific advertisementsin Boston and Providence, two of the few locales that would've likely received them—with his own reinterpretations, in an earnest effort to reclaim the underground culture coopted by conformist, corporate hacks. 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

3-Way Tie (For Last)

Red, orange and white? Why, yes, those are our three favorite colors made available by Artemide for their Giano-Giano-Vano side tables, Telegono lamps and Dedalino desk organizers from the 1960s. We just lucked out and scored the final piece of the puzzle: the orange Giano-Giano-Vano that's front and center ...and we couldn't be happier!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Almost Ready

Well, it took several months, but we finally got our vintage String shelves, thanks largely to the best efforts of our German pal, Marc. Thanks again, man! Designed in 1949 by Nils and Kajsa Strinning, these shelving systems are plentiful in Europe, even outside of their native Sweden; however, turning them up in the US was problematic, and finding the specific size configuration we wanted seemed impossible.

It was certainly worth the wait, though! We're so happy that we're finally able to display our small items properly. Now that we have these, we only need a few more things before showcasing our master bedroom. Look forward to its unveiling soon!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Frantic Romantic

GG&S is all about love, so we're spreading the wealth and sending some amorous vibes your way on this special day.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Daddy Is My Pusher

Turning 38 isn't so bad when you have the best husband in the world! Here is my amazing birthday gift from my sweet Tony. A LaGardo Tackett designed planter for Architectural Pottery. Thanks, baby, you're the best!!!

Tony knew that I had been wanting this planter (and many others ...I have a slight obsession if you haven't already noticed!) for a very long time and since we're in the middle of remodeling our bedroomand needed something to replace a few items that we took outhe decided that this planter would be perfect. And he was right! It fits nicely on top of our tallboy dresser, right next to our Tackett eggheads and a Danish Modern lion that Tony's Mom gave to his Dad when they first started dating

Now we're just waiting for a special package to arrive from Germany and our quick bedroom remodel should be nearly complete. Of course, there are still two more major want-list items that we're after, but they may take a few more years to get. In the meantime, we're really happy with how the room is coming together!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Any Way That You Want Me

Well, 2013 hasn't treated us much better, so we've consoled ourselves by procuring one of the most infuriatingly elusive items on our design wantlist. In 1966, Emma Gismondi Schweinberger created the Dedalino (pencil holder), Dedalo (umbrella stand) and Dedalotto (vase) trio for Artemide. Our pals Justin and Max hooked us up with a Dedalo and three MOS Dedalinos, respectively, a few years back, but scoring a damn Dedalotto seemed virtually impossible. Fortunately, that situation's now been remedied!


Saturday, January 5, 2013

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

Our apologies in advance, dear readers: due to the circumstances detailed in our preceding entry, we found ourselves going a little overboard this year. We usually don't indulge so heavily (sure) in holiday gift-giving, but it seemed completely justifiable in 2012. We assure you that we'll do our best to curb our conspicuous consumption from now on!
 
In appreciation of her infinite patience, I'd promised Valery that I'd get her an original Saarinen side table once I was done with grad school and had a real job. Voila! It's an early example with a pre-zip-code Knoll label and a base that seems to weigh fifty pounds!

Here's a close up of the tag. It sure is purty!

I'm the first to admit that I'm impossible to shop for, but Valery outdid herself this year by convincing our Danish pal, Jannie, to sell us the gigantic, quizzical bird in the middle. We'd spied this eleven inch (!!!) fledgling on Flickr two years agoand it sent us searching everywhere with no results. A big thank you is due to both Valery and Jannie

Never one to stand still, Valery tracked down the nubby guy on the right and also included him as one of my gifts. Does anyone know who's responsible for designing and/or producing these vintage birds? All three are marked Denmark and have a distinctive double axe insignia. We'd love to solve this mystery!

Our Laurel lamp is included for scale.

We've already blogged about the six vintage Georges Briard Your Pickled Personality glasses we found for $12 back in 2009. We thought we'd scored the entire run in one fell swoop—that is until our Instagram buddy, Holly, emailed us that she'd found a set that included two glasses we'd never seen before. After months of (persistent needling) friendly emails, Valery got Holly to part with 'em just in time for the holidays. A big thank you to you both!

We should also note that this is the only complete set we've been able to find anywhere. Although not nearly as well known as Briard's Name Your Poison series, we'd argue that the Your Pickled Personality set is infinitely more scarce and desirable
—poking fun at mental illness was likely never a popular selling point. Like the aforementioned, this series was also available in two sizes.


It was an Op Art Christmas: Valery lucked out and received the large (7") Abraham Palatnik cat she'd been looking for forever, as well as the jumbo (18" across) Plattan tray designed by Barbro Tryberg. Our first Alexander Girard figure was a present mysteriously left behind by Santa. Hmmm.

A deranged ceramic figure, a Nutty Mad, Martian Finks and a mint Popsie witch still in its original box? Yes! All of these presents ended up stuffed in my stocking (with care).

Similarly, some gifts materialized in Valery's stocking overnight. A Sof' Boy tote bag produced by PressPop and a first printing of William Pene Du Bois' book, Pretty Pretty Peggy Moffitt—a children's tale about the inimitable 60s icon.

Our buddy, Mike, is the king of funneling quality goods into GG&S HQ, and Christmas is always his favorite excuse. This year he lavished us with punk 45s by the Sods, Chronics, Mollesters, Art Attacks and Menace. As if that wasn't enough, an original glow-in-the-dark Sick Cycle model by Lindberg (1971) and a copy of Myron Kosloff's Female Tyrant (1966) (with its handsome Eric Stanton cover) rounded out the package. Thanks again, Mike!

Mike also visited us earlier this year and left the above item behind as an early Christmas gift for Valery: an original Spindel planter by Willy Guhl for Eternit. Don't worry, this 38 inch beast permanently resides outside—along with its stout companion, pictured here. Both of 'em demand a new paint job and proper plantings.

GG&S HQ was further beautified by Valery's folks who surprised us with a large George Nelson Criss Cross saucer. As you read this, we should be in the middle of hanging this light fixture in our master bedroom. A big thank you is in order to both Randy and Lee!

Contrary to the rest of the year, no real complaints about this portion of 2012!