While describing anything related to New York City in the 1950s as "Mad Men" is certainly an oversimplification, it does immediately conjure up a certain aesthetic, particular when it comes to illustrated advertising — a medium which, while near-extinct today, was the main mode of getting consumers to buy you product or idea in the post-WWII era. A prolific illustrator, McCauley "Mac" Conner's work appeared regularly in women's magazines such as Redbook, Cosmopolitan, This Week Magazine, and Woman's Day. Currently on exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, "Mac Conner: A New York Life" is a retrospective of Conner's handpainted works, showing the obsession Americans had with the suburbs and the hopes of living an idyllic life away from the grays of the crowded cities. "Mac Conner: A New York Life" is open now, and will be on display until January 19, 2015. … Read more
NEW SHOP PARIS
Tombées du Camion
Fittingly located in neighborhoods like the gritty Marché aux Puces de Saint Ouen and vibrant Montmartre, Tombées du Camion (literally translating to "fallen off a truck") gives justice to the saying, “One man's trash is another man's treasure.” Since 2006, owner Charles Mas has been hunting down unwanted items in bulk from factories all over France, comprising the inventory at his one-of-a-kind boutique. Wooden crates are filled with broken doll's heads, rusty pharmaceutical pill boxes, skeleton keys, empty spools, coffin handles, and even packets of 1930s toilet paper. The walls feature visually striking displays of dolls, beads and buttons, and several carousel cars can even be spotted on the boutique's mezzanine. Price are as varied as the merchandise itself - you can score three plastic rings for a euro, while retro toothpaste posters could fetch around twenty. Most clients spend time looking through the steel typographic letter plates, forming names of their loved ones that make for a unique present. Skirting between clutter and found art, these seemingly useless trinkets pull at the strings of nostalgia and poetry, awakening the inner hoarder in all of us.