Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Vintage Walls of Curiosities: Your Exotic... and Erotic Trinket Display Muses

Beautiful woman, stylish men, sexy dens and shelves stocked with exotic trifles- for erotic trifles; these advertisements selling the swinging sixties bachelor life are my main muse at the moment. Discovered in a batch of commercial furnishing magazines from the late 1960s and early 1970s. The styling combines careful minimalism with collector's style, it's warm and inviting. Stimulating and inspiring.

"Oh, the Tribal Masks? Acquired on my last African Safari..along with 'Darlene' here and this dandy ruffled shirt. She's just a mannequin, but I don't mind."

These installations epitomize cozy. They're a warm mug of tea on a rainy day, an afternoon with a pile of your magazines in an over-stuffed book store. Organized wunderkammer clutter feels personal and safe, I'm excited to bring this vibe to my expanded antique mall booth and different corners of my apartment.



Actual Ad Copy: The Whaling Wall... it houses the collection of nautical objects d'art, belonging to Captain H.J. (He's the swinging scion of a notable shipbuilding family that dates back to the great whaling days of yore. Most of the items in his collection are quite old and costly.... Except for Stehanie. She's not old.) It fulfills all (or, at least most of) the good captain's needs...includes a planning guide to help you get your clients started on collecting their own objects d'art. Both old and young


More Scandalous Ad Copy. Who Wrote This, Rodger Sterling?: (Mr. Wu is the young swinger-about-town and heir apparent to a chain of elegant Chinese bistros. He's also a noted collector of Chinese objects d' art. And a connoisseur of delicious Chinese dishes. Like the one draped over his left shoulder.)
I enjoy the hilarious implication that successful bachelors only collect and display objects d' art to attract tasty young dishes, but beyond that I enjoy what a home with meaningful objects on display says about the owner at-a-glance. Ample wood paneling doesn't hurt, either. Hey, I've got a house loaded with stuff, where's my arm candy? Oh, can't have one because I don't have sleek installations by System Cado? Well, damn...

You know you want these sexy shelves, every thrifter/collector needs them! It's a lifelong hunter's dream to find/make my own like 'em...
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20 comments:

  1. Hmm... that's an awful lot of shelving to dust, but I doubt a swingin' guy of the 60s did much housework. How about the man's shirt in the first photo?

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    1. Indeed, maids were more common at the time-- that and housewives to do all the work ;D That shirt is just made of awesome. I wrote something about that that blogger ate, oops, going to put that quote back up there.

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  2. The ad copy is outrageously amusing. I've seen modern fashion ads that don't contain text, but still imply the same silly things.

    Btw, I'm stopping by from the Etsy Blog Team. :D

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  3. It is! Thanks for stopping by :D I looove the ad copy. Especially the last one whete we pair Chinese Mr. Wu with asasian food, artifacts, & woman...oh, 1960s...

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  4. This is awesome, completely ridiculous, but still awesome. I would love to have Mr. Wu's tea cart though, it's gorgeous!

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    1. Agreed. I love everything in all these pictures ;D Especially the 1st and 2nd.

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  5. You think it goes both ways now? I wouldn't mind a house husband to dust my shelves and collectibles. Hmm..m

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    1. I know, right? :D Their version of this for females does not show her draped with arm candy, what gives?

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  6. The last pic....is that a fondue pot? haha! I love it!

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  7. Fondue with rice and chopsticks..hmmm...it does look like one unless that's warming a Chinese dish to go with Mr. Wu's Chinese lady and collection of Chinese artifacts. :P God I feel wrong even REPEATING that facts presented in the dated ad copy... and despite it all, love it too :D

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  8. the 70s have such a unique look, I am really starting to develop a taste for it
    retro rover

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    1. Same here, love 60s and 70s design.

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  9. Oh my gosh, that ad copy. I have to say that I have never seen swinging bachelor pads look like that. Some woman got paid to come in there and do that decorating! :)

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    1. Hell yeah she did ;D I looove those ads. The copy, brilliant.

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