Olivetti was the design and industry leader, as typewriter manufacturer's producing early computers and calculator's by the 1950’s, a company that gave great attention to exceptional quality and design in all of their products. In 1957 Adriano Olivetti assigned Carlo Scarpa to design a display space for his Olivetti products. The result was one of the most significant architectural achievements of the 20th century.

Through the addition of windows and attention to interior transparencies, Scarpa blended the exterior and interior and was able to open the Olivetti Store into a light, and comfortable place.

Located on Venice’s Piazza San Marco, the Store was Olivetti's main showroom for decades before changing owners and turned into a novelty shop. In 2010 the space's owner, Assicurazioni Generali, began working with the Venice Heritage office to refurbish the shop to its original appearance, reinstating authentic materials, forms and color schemes. They also turned to the Italian cultural institution, FAI to protect and manage the building, which is filled with a unique collection of typewriters and calculators donated by Olivetti and since 2011 is open to the public for regular visits along with the rest of the space.

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Anish Kapoor "Shelter", 2007, Fibreglass and paint

Arne Jacobsen Swan chair - designed in 1958 for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen  [ via ]

Rebel Walls wallpaper

Mayor sofa from & tradition, designed for Søllerød City Hall (1939-1942) by Arne Jacobsen and Flemming Lassen  [ via ]

Yu Hiraishi, Japanese sculptor and jeweler  [ via ]

Plastic toys designed in 1970 by British designer Patrick Rylands for Trendon Toys company  [ via ]

Spin chair with armrest, Enea  [ via ]


Located just an hour and a half from San Diego, and two hours from Los Angeles, Borrego Springs is a Southern California resort community largely developed during the 1950’s and surrounded by the Anza Borrego State Park, the largest state park in the United States. Borrego Springs, like it’s better known sister to the north of Palm Springs, has been a retreat for artists, actors and architects. Unlike Palm Springs however, Borrego remains less crowded, more natural, less developed and offers life at a slower more leisured pace.

Judy Parker is a San Francisco-based photographer with a formal education in Cultural Anthropology ( blog & instagram )



Bertoia Diamond chair, photography by Bruce White

Ellsworth Kelly - Black & Yellow from the series "Line Form Color", 1951  [ via ]

ML-90 Lounge Chair by Illum Wikkelsø for A. Mikael Laursen, 1960  [ via ]

Paulistano armchair in canvas - Paulo Mendes da Rocha, 1957  [ via ]

TABLE LAMP "OOO" by Vasiliy Butenko

“Fried Egg” Chair by Hans Olsen for V. Birksholm, 1956  [ via ]

Eames fiberglass DSW Side Chair for Herman Miller,  [ via ]



Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon was born in Madrid in 1974. Times magazine included Hayon as one of the 100 most relevant creators of our times and Wallpaper magazine has listed him as one of the most influential creators of the last decade. With offices in Italy, Spain and UK, Hayon’s main interest is to find challenges and new perspectives. His vision blurrs the lines between art, decoration and design bringing back a renaissance in finely-crafted, intricate objects within the context of contemporary design culture: creating furniture, product, interiors, sculptures and art Installations.  [ via ]

Unexpected, captivating, unique... this is The Guest, a ground-breaking character conceived by Jaime Hayon for Lladró Atelier. Lladró invites top international artists to design a different personality for this fun porcelain figure. The result is a collection of spectacular creations that reflect the personal universe of the collaborating designers. Jaime Hayon together with the American artist, Tim Biskup, and the Japanese studio, Devilrobots, created the first versions of The Guest. They come in two sizes, the large in a limited edition of 250 units and the small in a numbered series, handmade by the Lladró artisans in Valencia, Spain.  [ image via & text via ]

RO For Fritz Hansen  [ via ]

Catch Chair For & Tradition  [ via ]

FAVN For Fritz Hansen  [ via ]

Copa Cabana For Metalarte  [ via ]



In 1946 Florence Knoll hired Herbert Matter to revamp the Knoll public image. The Swiss-born graphic designer directed all visuals from logo and catalog designs to photography and advertising until 1966.

One of Matter’s most famous advertisements for Knoll, the chimney sweep ad almost never made it to print. Florence was not initially in support of the concept, thinking it was not dignified enough for the Knoll brand. Matter won out, and the success of the ad is unquestionable - it was published in The New Yorker magazine for 13 years. [ via ]