if you’ve been lucky enough to visit the Wild Coast in South Africa you might have come upon some super chill cows having a great day at the beach. it is always a delight for me to see the cows when we travel to Kei each year for our summer holidays, they even gate-crashed our engagement!
in keeping with some of my recent outdoorsy posts, i wanted to share a really cool project by husband and wife team Karson and Mary Shadley. Karson is an industrial designer who designed an outdoor folding chair that will last a lifetime, and look good doing it. the Shape Field Chair is a pared down, minimal design made from extremely durable materials, the kind of product your grandparents used to hand down to you… the kind they really just don’t make anymore. they are running a Kickstarter to get these puppies into production. you can read more about it here, and if you’re a nature lover i think you’d love to support them! i think these would be super handy for the beach. also dig their sweet little logo.
Nature is our sanctuary. Life is simpler when you’re spending your days in the great outdoors. You should spend that precious time comfortably and with objects you’re proud to own and use. Most outdoor folding chairs are built on the cheap and without elegance. Our most loved outdoor gear is the stuff our parents and grandparents handed down to us. We cherish the durability, functional beauty and patina of these items. We designed the Field Chair to meet these same criteria.
watch their Kickstarter video for more info:
i don’t know whether to high five or punch nic grobler (of bicycle portraits, who i posted about here) for introducing me to the gahetNA National Archives. high five because it’s AWESOME, of course, or punch because i lost hours of my life browsing its magnificence.
i decided to start off with a simple keyword – strand meaning beach in dutch (having afrikaans on my side helps in this case, but google translate should get you on the right track) in order to get some vintage summer psyching going on.
these images are part of john van noate‘s collection, a very interesting guy on flickr who posts entire stories within his photo sets. like this one, parts of which made me laugh. and this one which is about his time at woodstock.
this particular set is part of ‘the florida sex stories’ – but you have to be listed as a friend of mr. van noate to read them. if you’re curious and he decides you’re not some kind of pervert, he’ll let you.
going on the pics alone i’d say it makes for some interesting reading. yes that is bettie page.
in case you need more vintage swimsuits inspiration, these are by nina leen – also for life mag, 1950.
these are beautiful images, thank you valeria chiang
i’d like to put an order in for one of these, thanks.
charmingly rustic light filled little cottage by the sea, be mine?
it’s freedom day in south africa today, which also meant a very long and freeing weekend for whoever took off monday as i did. i filled my days & nights with a sleeping late, watching mad men & 30 rock, drinking tea and red wine and gin & dry lemon with friends, napping, eating eggs + avo on rye every breakfast, celebrating a birthday, beach walking etc… lit the first fire of the season – the days are getting shorter, colder and my feet are actually requiring socks in the evenings.
i also did some computer spring cleaning & i found this old picture i saved ages ago:
that’s what the weekend felt like! this is a part of what it looked like…
wouldn’t mind feeling like this right now.