Happy Halloween!

W. A. Dwiggins marionette at Boston Public Library
Photo by tamye [flickr]


I Like My Town

by Jake Ford & Martin Frostner [Medium]

"I like my town, but I can't say exactly what I like about it. I don't think it's the smell. I'm too accustomed to the monuments to want to look at them. I like certain lights, a few bridges, café terraces. I love passing through a place I haven't seen for a long time." —Georges Perec, Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

See also: Experimental Playground


Two Lines Align: Drawings and Graphic Design by
Ed Fella and Geoff McFetridge
at REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles, February 21 to April 6, 2008

Previously on Ref Lib: Ed, Geoff and WAD

Tape Job

Photo by tobit

Enzo Mari, Effe Table

Autoprogettazione/Metamobile Series, pine, $14,400 [architonic]


Instant Furniture: Bed

Instant Furniture: Low-Cost, Well-Designed, Easy-To-Assemble Tables, Chairs, Couches, Beds, Desks, and Storage Systems by Peter S. Stamberg [abebooks.com]


Quad Chopper, Michael Gaughan

Michael Gaughan
Quad Chopper, 2005
electric guitar parts, magazine collage, parachute harness, ball bearing spinning unit

His band: Brother & Sister

Apron Selvage 50’s Work wear Chore

$23.49, Congrats east13th!


Search, Find, Archive

I've added a search tool, which isn't perfect (Mategot won't find Matégot) but may help you find what you're looking for. Posting will be light for the next day or three. I encourage you to take a look through the archive. Find something you didn't know you were looking for, like:

W.C. Russell
Dream Warriors
Other Andys

Lampe Bureau Socle pyramidal

€334.33 ($479.00) Congrats design506070!


Vintage denim Workwear Engineer's cap

$73.00, Congrats myway3682!

Post-war S/O 2-track Pedestrian Bridge

Gio Ponti Bargain Book


CHOUINARD Vintage pack (High Quality)

$71.00 (reserve not met) Sorry crazy_outdoorism.

Before, During, After

Gio Ponti headboard for Hotel Parco dei Principi

video: If Gio Only Knew (youtube)

Re-made by: Martino Gamper

Hoffmeister, HG Wells

Previously on Ref Lib: [10/4/07], [7/10/07]

Below the Fold

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Matégot Baghdad Lamp

$3,500.00 (10/23/07) Congrats George!

Mathieu Matégot "Baghdad" Lamp, c. 1954. 15" tall.
See also: [Wright]

Retrouvius: Oak Drawer Unit

#2114 Oak Drawer Unit, £425.00+VAT [here]

2A Ravensworth Road
Kensal Green
London NW10 5NR


Ilmari Tapiovaara, Pirkka x 6

Set of 6 perfectly proportioned Pirkka chairs
designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara; Asko, c. 1955.

Previously on Ref Lib: Domus [5/14/07]


Achille and Piergiacomo Castiglione for Flos Italy


Nicky Santore

Nicholas Santore, 2007
19,000 Hours of Heartbreaking Nostalgia

[222 Gallery; Gallery Joe]

Poster for a Company Picnic 1970

Yuri Masnyj
Poster for a Company Picnic 1970
Metro Pictures [artnet]

Previously on Ref Lib: Yuri Masnyj [5/31/07]

Poster for a Company Picnic 1970

Sweet Corn Festival (summer picnic)
Herman Miller, 1970


At Home

A good environment is probably the result of a slow accumulation of things which you like, chosen for good reasons... They should be made to last, visually and physically, and work well in any environment. They should be a pleasure to live with. —Jasper Morrison

Previously: Eagle Pond Farm

Eagle Pond Farm, Donald Hall

This house is lived in.


Metal Progress

Metal Progress magazine, 1943–45 [my flickr]

CounterChange, Alvin Lustig

Previously on Ref Lib: L. Anton Maix [5/3/07]

Crouwel / Vignelli

Sold Out
Wim Crouwel/Massimo Vignelli
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tishman Auditorium, The New School

Previously on Ref Lib: Mode en Module [5/4/07]



1950s COMPASS TABLE attr. JEAN PROUVÉ / 40s Modernist coffee table ESA

$300 (best offer) Congrats barbarella-loves-pygar!

£99.00 ($203.00) Congrats guybagnall!

What is it?
A stacking table designed by James Leonard in 1948; made by Esavian Ltd. for The Educational Supply Assoc., London. Similar and often attributed to Jean Prouvé's Compass table [c. 1950] or Wim/Gerrit Rietveld's Pyramid table for Cirkel [c. 1959].