The Culture Label website is a new venture which brings together products from over 60 cultural institutions and looks like a great first port of call when trying to source more unusual gifts. All the major museums, such as the Tate and the V&A are there but it also links to smaller museums from around the UK and culturally related retailers such as Thames and Hudson books, Tatty Devine jewellery and Beyond the Valley design goods.
The site enables you to browse through products and select your favourites, searching by using product areas, price or themes. For example, the items above are all found under the 'retro' tag: a Calder Elephant puzzle from the Tate, a Nelson clock from the Lighthouse in Glasgow and a Make Do and Mend book from the Imperial War Museum. When you want to buy, the site takes you through to the individual websites. It's a fantastic idea and hopefully the range of goods, retailers and themes for searching will continue to grow to make it a one stop shop for cultural gifts.
Yes, we have another site on the go, although we're keeping Switched On Art fairly low-key for now.
The idea of Switched On Art is to feature anything interesting art-related, new art, new prints, related merchandise, gallery showing, books – you know the kind of thing. It'll be updated as when we find items worth featuring and will be written by real people for real people. None of that art snobbery here. There will also be an emphasis on new and affordable artwork too, as opposed to the highly-priced gallery works – art we can all afford or aspire to, in other words.
Check it out via the link below and feel free to add to your feed readers (no daily email as yet for this site). And if you want to know more or want to recommend something to feature, you can email the site at [email protected]
Switched On Art website
Want to own just about everything by one of the greatest bands of all time? Well, you can if you win one of three Picture Book boxsets by The Kinks.
It’s a six CD boxset compiled by Ray Davies, featuring just about everything worth owning by the band (around 138 tracks) in chronological order and with a 60-page booklet to explain the band’s story. And if you’re a serious fan, it’s also packed with rarities and unissued material, including very early tracks recorded as The Ravens.
Check out the full trackisting here and if you like it, you can go out and buy it now. Alternatively, you can try and win one over at the Modculture site. Just follow the link below and get your name in the frame. Good luck!
Enter The Kinks Picture Book competition at Modculture
Well, lack of time led to a lack of posts for a while, but now Switched On Set is back in full effect – and has been all week.
Which means you’ve already missed the best of this week’s contemporary art, design and technology, including everything from Sony’s eBook Reader, the latest mini laptops and the Hulger 50s-style computer phone, through to the Fiat beach buggy, the latest cool lighting, a bucket-shaped foam stool, an eco-friendly wooden desk light, a revolving mini bookcase, Blek Le Rat prints and…a polar bear-shaped shelving unit (above).
Every weekday will see even more items, so make sure you add it to your reader, check it out daily or just sign up to the site’s daily email.
Switched On Set website
It isn’t obvious from the Germany-based website “Wallpaper from the 70s” whether all of their wallpapers are vintage rolls from the 1970s or if they are just based on designs from that era. Either way, they stock a great selection of wallpapers.
Their stock is arranged by style; Floral, Baroque, Romantic, Glamorous, Surreal and Abstract. The wildest designs are probably to be found in those last two categories, which includes Apollo (pictured here), a pattern I recognise from some curtains we had back in the Seventies! There are more subtle designs then this one though.
There is a gallery section on the website, so you can view most of the patterns in situ which is great for inspiration. The prices of the wallpapers vary a lot depending on the style, but there is a helpful currency converter and they do ship worldwide.
Browse the whole collection at Wallpaper From the 70s.
Buying one would mean a waiting list of at least three years and a price tag up to £30.000. Buy you can actually download your own Hermes Kelly bag right now for free.
The original was introduced in 1935, but gained the ‘Kelly’ name much later with its associations with the actress Grace Kelly. The downloadable version is much more modest than the exclusive leather version – made of paper, but with the option to customise.
Just download the PDF, print it out, cut it out, then glue the parts together. You’ll have your very own designer bag – for the price of the printer ink.
Download the bag from the Hermes USA website