Georg Jensen, the Danish silversmith, opened his first store in 1904 in Copenhagen. If you are passionate about Georg Jensen jewellery, Gallery 925 is a good place to peruse, buy and generally admire Georg Jensen pieces.
I think it's almost officially party frock season here in Sydney. It's getting very warm (33 degrees yesterday!) and the holiday season fast approacheth. If you are scratching your head about what to wear, may I recommend popping over to The Metropolitan Mueum of Art's web site for some historical inspiration. Their online archive of dresses and frocks ranging from Patou to Lanvin is every glamorous girl's dream. The two evening dresses above are from the '20s. Aren't they sweet? However, it is this cute, mod, poster dress below that has stolen my heart. I can't imagine why!
From what I can gather these "Falbalas and Fanfreluches" (translated as ruffles and frills) were pochoir portfolios published between 1922 and 1926 to showcase Georges Barbier's beautiful work. Apparently, only 600 editions were printed, so they are incredibly rare. Imagine finding one tucked away in the back of an antique bookstore! I think I'd faint!
I love that Virginia Woolf got her older sister Vanessa Bell, a post - impressionist painter, to illustrate her book covers. They were apparently very close with Vanessa once quoted as saying that after the death of their mother, she and her sister "formed together a close conspiracy", and of course they later became a pivotal part of the Bloomsbury Group. In fact, although Virginia was possibly the more famous of the two sisters, it was Vanessa who along with her brother Thoby created the Bloomsbury Group. Vanessa had a "Friday Club" where she would meet with and entertain her artist friends, and Thoby had his "Thursday Evenings" for his writer friends and so by merging these two evenings together the Bloomsbury Group was born.
I have collected together a few of my favourite Vanessa Bell covers for her sister's books along with two photos of Vanessa and one of the two sisters together playing cricket.
Photos of Vanessa from here and here. Photo of Vanessa and Virginia playing cricket from here. Book covers from here, here and here.
I think a good book cover can seriously tempt a person to pick it up and read what's inside, don't you? I thought these two covers for classic F.Scott Fitzgerald books were very elegant. If you click on the image it will take you through to where you can buy them.
Did you know that the Dutch technology company Philips is actually properly called Royal Philips? No, I didn't know that either. Based in Amsterdam, Royal Philips was established in 1891 by father and son Gerard and Einfhoven Philips. The first thing the company produced were carbon-filament lamps. If you would like to know more, the Philips museum website has some interesting tidbits and history about the company. I also found a nice back catalogue of past advertising campaigns dating back to the late 1800s. I've selected a few of my favourites here.