Eugène-Alain Séguy was one of the most prominent French designers at the beginning of the 20th century. He published many design folios using the pochoir technique – for example his butterflies you can see above. 「Pochoir is a refined stencil-based technique employed to create prints or to add color to pre-existing prints. It was most popular from the late 19th century through the 1930’s with its center of activity in Paris. Pochoir was primarily used to create prints devoted to fashion, patterns, and architectural design and is most often associated with Art Nouveau and Art Deco. The use of stencils dates back to as early as 500 C.E. and was also used in Europe from the 1500’s onward to decorate playing cards, postcards and to create simple prints. It was, however, the increase in popularity of Japanese prints in the middle of the 19th century that spurred the refinement of the use of stencils culminating in the development of pochoir. At the peak of its popularity in the early 20th century, there were as many as thirty graphic design studios in France, each employing up to 600 workers.」
Eugène-Alain Séguy was working in Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles. This butterflies are just a small excerpt from his amazing works. Sources: NYPL and Smithsonian Librarys.



via Opening Ceremony 

Rodarte was founded in Pasadena, California in 2005 by Kate and Laura Mulleavy.

Kate and Laura received their liberal arts degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001. Kate studied art history with an emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Laura focused her studies on literature and the Modem novel.

Following their graduation from Berkeley, both Kate and Laura returned to their home in Pasadena where they launched their brand Rodarte. The name “Rodarte” is of Spanish origin, taken from Kate and Laura’s mother’s maiden name.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s design and costume work have been featured in solo exhibitions at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (2010) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2011). Rodarte is included in the permanent collections of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum at FIT New York.”


Lilla Fufavi is based in Budapest, Hungary.
fufavi will take you to the heart of the striped box, where you enter the magical world: Colors that begin to play around with you. Patterns that fit the colors. Lines that make women, real woman with plenty of guts. The fufavi women is attractive and sexy, who takes good care of herself, appreciates all the beauties she is coming across, but doesn’t take life and herself to serious. She knows, that life is like a rollercoaster, thus she tries to make a game out of everything surrounding her…”


via Modern 50

“Modern50 is a multi-disciplinary art and design collective which strives to create an ever-evolving nonlinear consumer lifestyles collection.
Discovering intrinsically valuable decorative arts and furnishings to convey a different impression of 20th century design.”


Summer school of art (later named Ox-Bow) in Saugatuck, Michigan.

all images via LIFE archives


Jan Lombardi
“Painting, to me, is a process that is fueled by the need to create. I don’t set out to produce art about one subject or another and never start with a drawing or sketch but with the first application of paint. From then on, the rest follows and like a jazz musician, the music just flows. It begins to take on a life of its own and becomes a part of me for as long as the journey lasts.
The significant challenge then remains when is a painting finished. To me, art is a synthesis of my personal feelings, the colors that inspire me and my materials and techniques. It is only when those parameters are met that the work can truly be considered finished.”


paintings from top to bottom:
Jan Lombardi – October Song
Jan Lombardi – Wind Angels II
Jan Lombardi – 4th of July
Jan Lombardi – R & O





“The Tony Duquette Studios are located in Los Angeles, California.  The company was founded in 1941 by the late American design icon Tony Duquette.  As a young man Tony Duquette created costumes and sets for Fred Astaire musicals with Vincente Minnelli at MGM.  In his eighties he was creating unique fine jewelry for Tom Ford at Gucci.  In between Duquette created acclaimed costumes and sets for theater, opera and ballet, his costumes for the original Broadway production of Camelot having garnered him the prestigious Tony Award for Best Costume.  The Tony Duquette Studios were also responsible for a myriad of custom interiors for both residential and commercial installations throughout America and Europe.  Tony Duquette was a well-known painter, sculptor and jeweler.  His talents as an artist were recognized throughout his life in a series of one-man  museum exhibitions across the globe.  Most notably in 1951 Duquette was selected by the Louvre Museum in Paris to represent the decorative arts of the middle of the 20th century, the first American ever to have been so honored.  Tony Duquette died on September 9th, 1999 after a lifetime of awards and honors.”


“Today the Tony Duquette Studios continue creating custom interiors, fine jewelry and decorative home products for a discriminating clientele worldwide under the direction of Hutton Wilkinson who has been Tony Duquette’s business partner since 1972.”