Whether you're a cycling fan or not, you can't help but notice that the Tour de France is in full flow right now. And to celebrate the iconic race, there's a rather cool piece of art that's inspired by it – this Tour limited edition screenprint by Lord Dunsby for Design Conspiracy.
Available or pre-order now (and ideal to add your Christmas list) is The Perfectly Dressed Gentleman book by Robert O'Byrne and Lord Dunsby, which is published by CICO Books.
The book itself is much as it sounds, described as an 'indispensable guide through the modern sartorial maze', with practical advice on what to wear on every occasion, from workplace to wedding or from home to holiday. There's even advice on how to post a good suit, how to tie a tie (or bow tie) and ideas on accessories.
All of that is backed up with some stylish, retro-styled illustrations from Lord Dunsby (who actually did the banner for Retro To Go, amongst other projects), to show off the styles and the looks. If you want a copy, it's printed in hardback from 13th October, with pre-sales being taken now for £8.99.
We have featured the vintage-syle Herb Lester city maps in the past, but we think It's Nice To Be Alone In Paris is the best one yet.
For a start, it's by one of our favourite illustrators, Lord Dunsby and also, because it's about Paris, one of our favourite city to spends days wandering around. This map flags up some pretty leftfield things to do as well, 32 in total, including a taxidermist extraordinaire, mint tea at the Grand Mosque, found photographs at Images & Portraits, along with places to eat, swim, drink, buy vintage 'gentlemen's imagery' and enjoy a solitary ice cream. In short, something for everyone.
It's an A3 (297x420mm) map, folded to A6 (105x148mm) and litho printed on recycled paper. As ever, ridiculously cheap at just £3.
Regular readers might recall we featured the Cover Version exhibition in Sheffield some weeks back, where artist Pete McKee asked various arty types to create a piece of art based around a favourite record sleeve. Well, one such piece was Melody by Lord Dunsby, which you can now buy online.
It's one image on the newly-launched Lord Dunsby site, along with many other cool and quirky ones with a retro and vintage twist that are available in the webstore.
The one above is signed and numbered, in a run of 100 and sized at 12 x 12 inches. You can secure it for £30.
We have featured Pete McKee many times in the past for his art, but you might not know that he also has a gallery in Sheffield called A Month of Sundays. It's where you'll find a new, multi-artist exhibition going by the name of Cover Version.
Several figures from the music, art and graphic design worlds have already signed up to participate, everyone from Richard Hawley and Marc Riley through to designer Sir Paul Smith and of course, McKee himself creating their own take on classic album sleeves. In case you're wondering, the image above is from the exhibition, Serge Gainsbourg's Melody by Lord Dunsby.
You'll find it at A Month of Sundays, 365 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield, S11 8ZG from Friday September 11th through to 14th October 2010.
Add some swing to a soiree with these Tiki drink recipe cards from Sivletto.
The cards feature 24 recipes for creating delicious (or lethal) sounding cocktails in your own home, including the likes of the Denby Daiquiri which was created in the 1950s at the Mai-Kai hotel. If this isn't enough to entice you to indulge, they've also asked twelve artists, each with a suitably retro flavour, to illustrate the cards. The likes of Pekka Wizzz, Doug Horne and Lord Dunsby have all obliged meaning you'll come out of the deal with something nice to look at, as well as a likely hangover.
The original designs were on display at the Sivletto store in Stockholm but you can buy these reproductions for just £16 from their website.
Buy them online