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Ali Cavanaugh

Cool artworks by Ali Cavanaugh.

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

One of my favourite tv shows as a kid was The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in which the fictitious international law-enforcement agency, U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement), worked to protect the world from sinister forces.

I was therefore thrilled to discover the U.N.C.L.E. artifacts (shown top) amongst the CIA Museum‘s collection of spy-related memorabilia, donated in 2000 by The Spy-Fi Archives.

The triangular security badge permits entrance into U.N.C.L.E.’s secret headquarters, the business card is from U.N.C.L.E.’s top enforcement agent, Napoleon Solo and the patch bears the insignia of the evil Thrush, a fabricated organization bent on world supremacy.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.It also reminded me of the occasion I spotted Napoleon Solo’s sidekick, U.N.C.L.E. agent Illya Kuryakin (played by David McCallum), browsing in the seconds china shop in Clifton Village, just across the street from our family home. I figured he must be there on U.N.C.L.E. business, as I had always suspected the establishment was a front for something far more sinister than selling reject china.

I remember hoping he would start talking to his pen and thereby confirm my suspicions.  Apparently though the real reason he was in town was that he was appearing in panto at the Bristol Hippodrome (yeah yeah Illya… go tell that to the Russians).

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CIA Museum

CIA Museum

CIA Museum

I am indebted to Monica for pointing me in the direction of the CIA Museum’s awesome collection of spy related paraphernalia and memorabilia .

Amongst the items on show there are some amazingly improbable gadgets, including the Insectothopter (shown above), a micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) developed by CIA’s Office of Research and Development in the 1970s, in an initiative to explore the concept of intelligence collection through miniaturized platforms.

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Pixel Clouds

Pixel Clouds

Pixel Clouds

Pixel Clouds, by Daniel Arsham, is a series of imaginative sculptures consisting of thousands of dyed ping pong balls assembled into cloud shapes.

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Firmship 42

Firmship 42

If ever I had a spare 329,000 € in my pocket and I was to buy a boat, then the Firmship 42 is the boat I would buy.

With a beautiful hull, designed by dutch boat designer Willem Nieland and a minimal interior by Studio Job it’s a classic boat with modern looks.

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Punsiri Siriwetchapun: Sankara

“Punsiri Siriwetchapun contemplates on the void of existence through his image of a human being clad in brand name items, shot with X-ray film, titled Sankara”.

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thinksound Rain headphones

thinksound Rain headphones

thinksound™ rain earphones were designed with true audiophiles in mind. These powerful, environmentally-friendly earbuds feature a 9mm high-definition driver and a wooden housing for crisp, accurate music reproduction that makes your favourite music “downright orchestral-sounding”.

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Serie 1930 light switch

Serie 1930 light switch

A classic piece of 1930′s Bauhaus design, the Berker Serie 1930 Porzellan, made by Rosenthal, is a rotary light switch in porcelain, which, following it’s reissue, can now be seen in the Dessau Bauhaus since it’s renovation to its original state.

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Moon chair

Moon chair

Moon is a chair, designed by Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka, for Italian brand, Moroso.

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Benjamin Phelan

Wood, aluminium, wire loom, styrofoam, epoxy putty, laser, arcrylic lens.

Benjamin Phelan (2009).

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