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Play It Again, Sam

In Play It Again, Sam a nebbishy film critic is dumped by his wife and begins to imagine his life as a confident womanizer. As a nerdy cinephile, his alter ego just so happens to be the trench-coat wearing, word-slurring tough guy played by Humphrey Bogart in many films. A ghost of Bogart gives Allan, the protagonist, advice on life, relationships, masculinity and bravery.

Set Design and Costumes from Woody Allen's Play it Again, Sam

With the support of two clothes friends, who happen to be married,  Alan begins to date again, albeit neurotically. This leads to a series of disastrously funny blind dates in which Allan tries, but fails, to be as cool as Bogie. Ultimately, he realizes friendship and comfort is more important than “image” and “coolness.”

Set Design and Costumes from Woody Allen's Play it Again, Sam

Filmed in 1972, and filled with antiquated references to pay-phone banks, macrame and prescription pills, Play It Again, Sam is still worth several viewings on Netflix. I would rewatch the movie for Diane Keaton’s seventies, twee wardrobe as designed by Anna Hill Johnstone. If you’re a fan of Casablanca, this film is a no-brainer as it almost copies, verbatim, certain scenes directly from the movie. The move also happens to feature the best summary of esoteric art critics, sullen museum goers, and the true meaning of Jackson Pollock. Here’s laughing at you, kid.

Set Design and Costumes from Woody Allen's Play it Again, Sam

A faux red-ribbon bow on a sweater, casablanca and framed hearts print? I’ll take it all. The various sets oscillate between LP hoarder and rattan chic to sophisticated Mies van der Rohe,  Claes Oldenburg, San-Friscisco intellectual Zebra print and shag rug interiors! [Read more]

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Shameless Self Promotion!

We’re (the royal “we”) very honored to have been nominated in Apartment Therapy’s annual Homies awards. As of this morning The Walkup has collecting a measly 8 votes in the Best Home Design & Inspiration Blog category. If you head over and VOTE FOR MEI will be eternally grateful. Or at least grateful for the 2014 fiscal year…

The Homies Apartment Therapy 2014Today is the last day for voting so if you haven’t done so already, please hop over there and vote for our humble little blog. You have until midnight EST to cast your vote. 

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The Wonderful Wizard of OZ

Meet OZ. OZ lives in Milan. OZ is an illustrator who rides a tiny red bike. OZ sends postcards and likes the Beatles in India. OZ drives a Yellow Fiat. OZ reads the news upside-down while wearing stripes. OZ hates blue ink pens. OZ is a nickname for Olimpia Zagnoli Zagnoli was born in 1984 in northern Italy. 

Olimpia Zagnoli as Featured by The WalkupThis young illustrator has adopted a clear line and a retro curvature and color palette. She has exhibited her work and published her illustrations throughout Europe and the USA. Her clients include The New York Times, The New Yorker, Air France, Adidas Originals, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and The Harvard Business Review. 

Olimpia Zagnoli's Clodomiro as Featured by The Walkup

Together with her father, Miro Zagnoli, a photographer, Olimpia created Clodomiro. The duo’s family-run online shop features everyday objects which appeal to their taste. Their first project is a series of fine bone china plates with erotically-inspired imagery, conceptualized in Milan and produced in Stoke-On-Trent in the UK. Care for strawberries atop a vagina? Or Adam & Even with some spaghetti?

Olimpia Zagnoli as Featured by The Walkup

Above are excerpts from Zagnoli’s Last exhibition at Galerie Michel Lagarde and the launch of the book Monsieur Horizontal & Madame Verticale written by Noémie Revah and illustrated by the artist. In 2013, she was presented the Communication Arts Award of Excellence for a series of illustrations done for Italian newspaper La Repubblica. On the bottom right, is her illustration for The New York Times Sunday Review “It’s Not Mess. It’s Creativity”. On the top left, an excerpt from Flying Marina Abramovic, 2013.

Olimpia Zagnoli as Featured by The Walkup

Top left, an illustration for La Repubblica about censorship and a zebra. Give that poor Zebra her stripes back! Far right vertical, The New Science of Mind – The New York Times Sunday Review. The notebook features sketches by OZ from the Summer of 2013.

Olimpia Zagnoli as Featured by The Walkup

Top Left, a Sunday illustration for La Repubblica about picking the right kind of information. In this instance, the right kind of information also coincides with the right kind of butterflies. Top Middle, a 100% silk scarf designed for Clodomiro. Top Right, an illustration for La Repubblica about astronomy and the dark side of the matter. Bottom left, Zagnoli herself, in the studio, getting work done! Could we steal those glasses? Bottom right, Neuroliterature, a piece for La Repubblica on how neurosciences are trying to explain the feelings activated by literature.

Olimpia Zagnoli as Featured by The Walkup

Zagnoli is part punk, part mod, and highly saturated! At the tender age of 29 she has already made a name for herself in the international graphic design scene. On the Right is her illustration Italian magazine Internazionale urging people to support record stores not just on Record Store Day. Most importantly, they have a Record Store Day in Italy!