TOM OF FINLAND PILLOWS

Well, at least we’re consistent. Tom of Finland is back. And he’s in your bedroom. A line of limited-edition pillows, crafted by Swedish luxury designer, Henzel Studio, pays homage to the artist we know and love. “The collection is ultimately a testament to both the revolutionary vision of Tom of Finland and the extraordinary craftsmanship of Henzel Studio, which has miraculously captured the artist’s mastery of line, form, and shadow.” The pillows come in three designs, each double sided with unique collages of original ToF work.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ORLANDO ISRAEL

A slew of prominent contemporary artists including Jack Pierson, AVAF, Scott Campbell,Robert Knoke, Nan Goldin, Richard Phillips, Anselm Reyle, and Juergen Teller have contributed to the project, allowing Henzel to transform selected works of theirs into similarly lux pillows. At first, I questioned the artists’ decisions to sell their artwork in the name of leisure, but, after actually seeing and feeling the pillows, it’s obvious that these are not your average Throws. The cotton/polly blend is soft and durable, piping along the outer edge ensures no tearing, and, most importantly, the shape and size of the pillows frame the beautifully printed images perfectly. I have one on my bed right now and she looks f*cking fantastic.

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AUSTERE’S EXHIBITION OF ARTIST RUGS AND PILLOWS CELEBRATES THE WORK OF TOM OF FINLAND

Tom of Finland rug.  Photography courtesy of Henzel Studio.

Tom of Finland rug. Photography courtesy of Henzel Studio.

In a welcome confluence of progressive sensibilities, Austere, the innovative showcase of Scandinavian design in downtown Los Angeles, is hosting an exhibition of artist carpets and pillows crafted by the Swedish luxury rugmaker Henzel Studio. The show, Henzel Studio: Collaborations/Heritage, marks the U.S. debut of new carpet designs by Nan Goldin, Richard Phillips, and Helmut Lang, as well as the launch of a capsule collection dedicated to the artist Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, 1920–1991).

Richard Phillips rug. Photography courtesy of Henzel Studio.

Richard Phillips rug. Photography courtesy of Henzel Studio.

The opening comes at an intriguing moment for Tom of Finland, when the undersung artist’s hypermasculine, homoerotic imagery is being reexamined and recontextualized within the canon of 20th-century art. (A survey of his six-decade career opens June 14 in New York at the influential nonprofit gallery Artists Space.)

Helmut Lang rug. Photography courtesy of Henzel Studio.

Helmut Lang rug. Photography courtesy of Henzel Studio.

Created in collaboration with Tom of Finland Foundation, the floor covering line comprises 12 hand-tufted carpets and one fantastic, freeform hand-knotted rug, all made in Nepal of silk and wool. (For those Tom aficionados who can’t quite afford a high-end handmade carpet, the offering also includes three rather alluring cash-and-carry pillows.) The collection is ultimately a testament to both the revolutionary vision of Tom of Finland and the extraordinary craftsmanship of Henzel Studio, which has miraculously captured the artist’s mastery of line, form, and shadow.

Through August 14 at Austere, 912 South Hill Street, Los Angeles

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Tom Pillows in Extreme Decor Magazine

This article came up in the Tom of Finland Google Alerts. The pink princess room has Tom pillows, it’s as if I designed it myself!!! We should get a copy of this issue for the archives…

 “To offset the pink, he chose black-and-white accents such as Tom of Finland toile pillows—which feature leather-clad men with whips.”

Most Absurd Quotes in New York Mag’s “Extreme Decor” Issue

Tuesday, May 10, 2011, by Sarah Firshein

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The bedroom in designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz’s beach house in the Rockaways, Queens.

Photos: Dean Kaufman

In a city full of extreme living—from 90-square-foot apartments to those on the market for $90M—there are only so many ways to woo New York magazine design editor Wendy Goodman. As has been previously established, one’s space must be somehow superlative, with bonus points awarded to anything designed by Annabelle Seldorf, lighting fixtures made of industrial bread tins, and rooms that include all of the following at once: Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler, Zaha Hadid, taupe, MoMA, Wedgwood, Visionaire, platinum, and B&B Italia. Which makes the just-released Spring 2011 Design Issue—aptly named “Extreme Decor”—particularly fascinating. In it, Goodman gets a closer look at that incredible crocheted apartment we featured here on Curbed in March, as well as Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz’s beach house, Amy Sedaris’s crafting area, and fashion designer Sylvia Heisel’s crazy, black-and-white rental (first photo above). The photos above speak for themselves, but then again, so do these:

· “On the walls, Olek crocheted graphic representations of text messages from various former lovers. ‘They can be forgiven once they are crocheted,’ she says.” [link]

· “Olek’s crochet needle will stop at no item, not even leftovers in the fridge.” [link]

· “During the day, the bed is made up with a formal roll pillow with canvas wrapped around it and a giant paint-spattered bedspread.” [link]

· “When describing the living room, Nixon quotes Diana Vreeland: ‘Pink is the navy blue of India.'” [link]

· “Sedaris’s kitchen is filled with fake meat and other artificial edibles.” [link]

· “What Sedaris calls the ‘baby’s room’ is actually her crafting corner. (‘I never have children over, by the way.’)” [link]

· Sedaris’s living room contains some of her favorite pieces, including a lamp shade made with hair samples and a teacup filled with fake tea.” [link]

· “‘Pink is usually for little girls. So I thought, Why don’t we see if we can make it strong and powerful, for two men?’ Noriega-Ortiz says.” [link]

· “To offset the pink, he chose black-and-white accents such as Tom of Finland toile pillows—which feature leather-clad men with whips.” [link]

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