The Factory – Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol is best known today for his inimitably imitable pop art, his many films, and his prescient prediction that “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.”

In his heyday of the 1960s, he was equally as famous (or notorious) for his living space/studio/infinite part space, called “The Factory,” or “The Silver Factory.”

It was here he made his films and his silkscreen images, here he hosted the brightest lights of the New York art, music and film world, and where the biggest stars in Hollywood mingled with the infamous “Warhol Superstars.”

The Factory was well known for its unique decor – it was painted and wrapped entirely in silver. Tin foil, tinsel, silver paint – every square inch was covered with the stuff. The statement was big, the feeling of alien presence overwhelming. The Factory was a non-stop freak out, a long burst of sex, drugs, rock and roll, art, and pop culture. The Factory was moved a few times over Warhol’s career before finally fading from history. But the photos remain:

The Factory - Andy Warhol

ACTM: American Pie by Don McLean

He may have been a one hit wonder, but at least he knew how to design a sweet album cover. Nice work Mr. McLean.

Charles and Ray Eames made a thousand beautiful things in their time on this earth, but among their most famous and lasting is the Eames Aluminum Group.

The Aluminum Group included chairs and tables of several kinds, each of which were adaptable and incredibly functional and timelessly lovely.

Recently Herman Miller has decided to release parts of the Aluminum Group as an outdoor series. It’s fitting, because the pieces were originally designed to be used both indoor and out, for the single client of J. Irwin Miller, and industrialist who was building himself quite a fine home.

The tables are now made with stone, and the chairs with a special mesh that resists wear and tear. Check them out – it’s too hot not to have some nice furniture on your patio to hold your drink!

Wes Anderson Commercials

One of great modern filmmakers also makes ads (let’s not get hung up on it):

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As we’ve seen throughout the current season of Mad Men, Don Draper is become a new man (again). Now married to Mrs. Megan Calvet Draper he’s given up the pretense of life in the suburbs for the mod living of life in a Manhattan penthouse. And what a penthouse it is! Either a nightmare of bad taste or a cool snapshot of a home straight out of the Eames catalogue circa 1967, it’s certainly something:

TOMS Shoes

TOMS Shoes have been getting bigger and bigger, and there are plenty of great reasons why. For one, they make a great product. The shoes are easy to wear, adaptable, and attractive. For another they’ve done a great job building a good looking site, building the word about their shoes, and marketing.

But the third reason, and perhaps the biggest, is that for every pair of shoes they sell, they give one way to a child in need. Matching every shoe sold with a shoe given away might not sound like the best business model, but it works. Not only is TOMS building a successful company, they’re giving back and doing so in a concrete way. If you’re looking for new shoes, it wouldn’t hurt to look here.

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Father’s Day is coming up, and that means it’s time to think about what your dad really wants (aside from some peace and quiet). We’re here to help:

Sporty Dad

Sporty Dad needs to be introduced the unique thrills of barefoot running, while protecting his feet and maintaining his cool. Looks like a job for the amazing Vibram FiveFinger Shoes. The new Komodo Sports should be right up his alley:

Arty Dad

Arty Dad needs something to read or watch – don’t we all? But this is a man of discerning taste. We recommend you skip over the Fifty Shades of Grey and go with a non-fiction pick like “Born to Run” or a stirring piece of work like Tobias Wolff’s “Old School.”

Travel Dad

A man who wants to go places, and see people and things. He’ll need a bag. How about this Moroccan fair trade leather bag from Veenu Leather?

No matter what kind of Dad you’ve got, let him know you care. Happy Father’s Day!

It’s here again! It’s here again!

I’m talking, of course, about the Herman Miller Bi-Annual Sale at Smart Furniture!

Everything in the entire stores is going to be 15% off if it was produced by Herman Miller. That means all the Eames Loungers, LCWs and Aluminum Series chairs you could want are going to be just 85% of their regular cost!

Herman Miller is an historic and important brand constantly brimming with the lastest and greatest in home and office furniture. Don’t miss this sale!

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