Little Things

Although nothing beats those monumental finds, there’s something to be said for finding small objects that just make you really happy when you see them. Recently I stumbled onto a few things that do just that.


What I love about mid-century modernism is the level of detail and craftsmanship that went into designing even the smallest and most inexpensive everyday objects. This 1960s stainless steel and rosewood salad set from Japan is a prime example.


Another great example is this 1950s GE transistor radio with its butterscotch genuine leather case. Everyday luxury at its finest.


This is just a fun—and practical—piece of wall jewelry.


At this point there are carved wooden African animals living all over my home, but this guy is a first for me. Most of mine are some type of orangey wood and less finely detailed. This high-definintion gazelle in a dark wood is a welcome addition.


But my favorite little find of the past couple weeks has got to be this sculpture of a nun. It appears to be some kind of heavy plaster with a gold colored wax applied over it, presumably to resemble sand cast bronze. The style of this type of art is often mistakenly referred to as brutalism, which is an architectural term referring to buildings constructed of rough, exposed concrete. Personally I like the juxtaposition of modern stylization and seemingly primitive materials and finish. Intentional or not, the commentary of a gold-plated nun makes her an interesting piece to ponder.

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