01. Resurfacing | Museum-Quality Men’s Wear (above)

Hart Schaffner Marx, the 123-year-old Chicago-based clothier best known for its sartorial style (and for suiting up President Obama), has been rediscovered, and in the process has made its own exciting discovery. After a tumultuous 2009 — which included a bankruptcy filing and new overseas owners — Joseph Abboud, a master of soft tailoring, has been placed at the helm as creative director to oversee the redesign of its roster of well-known brands, which include Hickey Freeman, Austin Reed and Bobby Jones. While mining the company archives for inspiration, he and his colleagues discovered a cache of valuable Maxfield Parrish paintings that had been used for Hickey Freeman advertisements.” (TMAG).

02. Bound for Success: Designer Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition

“The Grolier Club in May welcomes an exhibition of the work of some of the best bookbinders worldwide. ‘Bound for Success’ features 117 superb bindings that were judged the best out of 240 entries in the 2009 international bookbinding competition, organized by Designer Bookbinders in conjunction with the Bodleian Library, Oxford University. Binders representing 21 countries offer highly creative and surprisingly diverse interpretations on the theme of ‘water.'” (Grolier Club).

03. Exhibition: Re-loved Panton Chair by Chris Bosse of LAVA

“Australian Architect Chris Bosse has built a sliced up homage to the 1967 Panton Chair as part of this year’s Sydney Design Festival. The designer has “…chosen to represent this shape as slices, similar to an MRI scan in order to make visible its complex three-dimensional geometry. The chair is metaphorically and physically carved out of a sliced box”, says Bosse. “The project retro-digitises the chair design, although it was the chair that preceded the digital design revolution.”” (Daily Icon).

04. The Acquisitions Table: Walking from Boston to Washington

“This small handbill records the unusual political activism of the Providence, RI, book publisher Edward Payson Weston (1839-1929). During the 1860 presidential campaign, Weston made a wager against the odds of Lincoln winning. If Lincoln won, Weston agreed to walk from Boston to Washington in ten days and to be present at the inauguration. Lincoln did win and Weston was successful in his 470 mile walk.” (Past Is Present).

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