strangely appealing (or not): what brad pitt bought at art basel




Brad Pitt’s in the news for purchases he made at Switzerland’s Art Basel contemporary art fair. Reportedly, he paid roughly $293,000 for a table by Dutch designer Jeroen Verhoeven, which is made from a solid block of Carrara marble. He also purchased a Silver Sky aluminum rug by Hechizoo and a foam and fiberglass “Family Lamp” from Atelier van Lieshout (Note: images on site not safe for work) among other reported purchases. Love it? Hate it? That’s okay — we have a soft spot for him anyway.

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leah’s ebay find: vintage fishing floats

I love how a group of vintage glass fishing floats looks in a low, wide bowl — so casual and beachy and summery. I love them even more in a tall glass canister set on a windowsill, with the sun seeming to illuminate them from within. This set of 11 small handblown floats, beachcombed from the Japanese shore, will get your collection off to a very nice start indeed. Current bid: $43. — Leah H.

See more of Leah’s great finds at her blog, More Ways to Waste Time.

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leah's ebay find: vintage fishing floats

I love how a group of vintage glass fishing floats looks in a low, wide bowl — so casual and beachy and summery. I love them even more in a tall glass canister set on a windowsill, with the sun seeming to illuminate them from within. This set of 11 small handblown floats, beachcombed from the Japanese shore, will get your collection off to a very nice start indeed. Current bid: $43. — Leah H.

See more of Leah’s great finds at her blog, More Ways to Waste Time.

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new goodies at nonfiction design

We have a special fondness for things from Columbus, OH (like Buckeye candy and Graeter’s ice-cream), but the goods at the Non Fiction Design Collective really knock our socks off. With a heavy dose of wit, they craft affordable, everyday works of art out of ceramic, industrial cast-offs and discarded dinnerware. Our current favorite is the White Rabbit lamp ($225), though the Invasive plate series is pretty special. Click here to check out the goods.

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tuesday night: big art sale for good cause

It’s Design Week here in NYC which means that our in-boxes are full of invites to events all over town. If you’re in town, be sure to hit Unframed, an enormous art sale and auction benefiting ACRIA (AIDS Community Reseplace Initiative of America). Sponsored by Domino, it features an impressive roster of big named artists from swanky galleries (like Ed Ruscha’s MAIN Street, above, from the Gagosian. Others include Jim Hodges, Marilyn Minter, Warren Neidich, Lou Reed, to name a few). Prices start at $300 for prints. Unframed at Charles Cowles Gallery, 537 West 24th St., bet 10th & 11th Aves, Tuesday, May 20, 2008 from 5—8 pm. $20 Admission at the Door; Open to the Public. For more information, call (212) 924-3934 x101.

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