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! 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Into The Future

By all accounts, 2012 should've been a great year: it was our first full year as a married couple, grad school wrapped up in April and I'd even landed my first professional appointment as an archivist a few months prior. Unfortunately, celebration plans were nixed at the start, as Valery was laid off from her job as a creative director—after a mere twelve years of climbing the ladder at our local arts & entertainment weekly. So much for loyalty.

In July, my father passed away—an occurrence I've barely acknowledged, on this blog or elsewhere, mostly as a way to avoid its affirmation. After eight years of battling cancer, he decided to forgo his diminishing treatments, opting instead to exit on his own terms: at home and surrounded by his family. In one final unapologetic gesture, he successfully shooed away the priest my mom brought over to administer last rites. Even as he was nearing the end at age 86, my old man remained consistent—his example will always be an inspiration.

November delivered the diagnosis that Valery's dad also has cancer. He's already preparing to undergo some intensive treatments, so we're cautiously optimistic about his health. We really don't have much of a choice.

Last month, Valery underwent a lumpectomy, and the week spent waiting to hear back from the surgeon was unsurpassed torture—on December 21st, the results came back negative (thankfully)! Consequently, after extending a heartfelt fuck you to the ancient Mayans, we were finally able to enjoy our holidays. Valery's still recuperating, but her continued health is the only thing I'm really grateful for this year. 

We hope this explains why GG&S has been relatively inactive over the past few months. Despite the fact that 2012 seemed genuinely apocalyptic, we're confident that better things are in store for us all in the coming year. All the best to you and yours!


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Lest We Forget

We just got back from spending Christmas with our family and we realized that we forgot to wish everyone a festive Yuletide holiday! Here's wishing you the best and we hope to see you again next year!!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Get Stuffed

In honor of Small Business Saturday, our handmade mod Naugahyde pillows are on sale at 20% off, now through December 15. Please buy handmade and support your local businesses this holiday season! You can access our design shop by clicking here. Thank you! 

Prints and zipper pouches are also available.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

For Your Pleasure

Hey pals, looks like this will likely be our last image dump, as the kind folks at Instagram have opted to make individual web profiles available via the internet. In case you're one of the many (few) who've been missing our infrequent blog updates, you can dull the pain by following us via our robust photostream located right here.