The Art of Ageing Gracefully

Even a hundred-and-twenty-year-old basement boiler becomes a work of art, when it is lovingly restored and partly covered in gold. It helps, of course, if the boiler is found in the basement of MoMA PS1 and the person responsible for its restoration is an artist.

Saul Melman took it upon himself to bring a previously unnoticed element of the building back into the spotlight, by sandblasting the boiler and spending days scrubbing and cleaning the floors and surrounding area. Finally, he applied gold leaf leaving small sections of the pipes uncovered, showing their original beauty.

Saul Melman, “Central Governor” (2010)

MoMA PS1, Long Island City

December 14th, 2018

Design is Everything

It will always find its place in a museum collection, even if it wasn’t enough to help up the sales at the time.

Sony Miniature, Model 5-303W, with carrying case, 1962


Philco ”Safari” Model H-2010, 1959

This television set was the first to make use of the new transistor technology that had already revolutionized the portable radio. Powered by a 7.5-volt rechargeable battery with a four-hour operating capacity, it employed an optical projection system that magnified the small cathode ray tube image to create and eighty-square-inch virtual image.


Philco Predicta Model 4654 ”Barber Pole”, Television, 1959

In an effort to combat the industry-wide decline in television sales that began in the mid-1950s, Philco decided to exploit recent developments in picture tube and transistor technology. The Predicta line was the most revolutionary of several models introduced at the time. Designed by Catherine Winkler and Richard Whipple, the Predicta treated the screen surface as a ”semi-flat” element largely detached from the body of the set. Because the new tube was unreliable, sales were poor.

Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, New York

May 13th, 2018

The Queen of Burlesque

There was glitter, feathers and Swarovski crystals. There was titillation. There was rich lather and sensual bubble dance. There was riding a giant red lipstick on a patent leather costume. There was the famous martini glass number. Dita and her team of sexy teasers were in Manhattan. And Manhattan was under their spell.

Last pic from Dita’s facebook page.

Dita von Teese Copper Coup Tour, Beacon Theater, New York City

May 1st, 2018