Monthly Archives: September 2010

Gino Sarfatti

Gino Sarfatti was in awe of light, but obsessed with the light bulb. Through the designer’s long line of innovations, from the slender aluminum floor lamps of 1956 to the bowl-shaped wall sconces of 1970, this obsession holds sway. Even in his most whimsical designs, like the 1953 Lollipop Chandelier that has a palette worthy of a Calder mobile, each feature defers to the light source. “The most important element is the shape of the bulb itself,” Sarfatti told Jean-François Grunfeld in 1984, in the last interview he gave before his death.

Gino Sarfatti Design, Lamp No. 566, 1956

Table Lamp No. 556 (1956) by Gino Sarfatti




A selection of erasers from Things Organized Neatly.

A collection of erasers neatly organized.

Stapler of the Week
“For your stapling pleasure…”

Brand Name Pencils
“Pencils wanted! Drop me a line if you’ve got an unsharpened one!”

Things Organized Neatly (pictured)
Someone who shares my secret obsession

Medama Yaki
“Love fried egg, mostly sunny-side up, sometimes turn over, unusually poached egg.”

Strange Maps
The Map of One Arm Waving, Imperial Texas, Sudan’s Zoomorphic Cities, et cetera.



Beer Brewing

Vintage shot of brewing beer.

These suds are for you: A man looks into a large pot of beer.

The Babylonians had been brewing beer since at least 4300 years before Jesus was born. Ancient Egyptians served it to royalty, used it to treat ailments, and buried their dead with large vessels of beer for a more tipsy afterlife. The fame and pleasures of beer spread from the Middle East to Europe, and by the dawn of the medieval era, beer brewing had evolved out of the home kitchen and into a professional trade.