In Praise of Galleries and their Shops

IN PRAISE OF ART GALLERIES AND THEIR SHOPS. … It’s more accurate to say that I’m issuing a piece of music merchandise rather than ‘publishing’ my Sydney Opera House book. After the exquisitely architectural hardcover limited edition it’s moving into a handsome but modest paperback edition. And though it will still have many Reg Mombassa … Continue reading In Praise of Galleries and their Shops

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DISCOVERING TERRA NAOMI AND A NEW DIMENSION OF DISCOVERY

I’m discovering a whole new dimension of discovery. I don’t need much inducement to follow a lead on Bandcamp or Instagram. I have a lot of respect for what I find there. I keep becoming more convinced that music merchandise is the where the most exciting industrial design is. And that merchandise can precede the … Continue reading DISCOVERING TERRA NAOMI AND A NEW DIMENSION OF DISCOVERY

Nick Cave’s Music Merchandise as Heirlooms

MUSIC MERCHANDISE AS HEIRLOOMS. NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS. Music merchandise is ephemeral, tied to particular albums and tours. This is what makes it collectible, of course, but could it go beyond that and be something passed down through generations? Beyond the usual tote bags and t-shirts Nick Cave has been involved with some … Continue reading Nick Cave’s Music Merchandise as Heirlooms

One Sunday Morning in a Chicago Loft with Wilco Merchandise

Installation featuring Wilco’s home office accessories. Wilco are the Henry Dreyfuss’s of Music Merchandise, designing practical things. Just as Dreyfuss designed telephones, vacuum cleaners, typewriters & thermostats, in the middle of the twentieth century, Wilco’s merchandise includes practical things, pencils, erasers, cutting boards, calendars and the personalised musical equipment of the band’s musicians with a … Continue reading One Sunday Morning in a Chicago Loft with Wilco Merchandise

The Conran’s Habitat of Music Merchandising

THE CONRAN’S HABITAT (CIRCA 1964) OF MUSIC MERCHANDISE RETAILING. When I move to my larger studio I plan to have installations of what I’m calling “merchandise for living” selecting pieces of merchandise and styling them with extra furniture and objects to make a fully immersive living space. Selected items will be on sale, and there … Continue reading The Conran’s Habitat of Music Merchandising