The Sunset Years

I was flying to New York a recently, and one of the designers at AdamsMorioka gave me a DVD she thought I’d enjoy. I can’t recall the name, but it was a 1960s movie about a women’s motorcycle gang. It was funny in the way really terrible films, like Showgirls, are. Everything was fine until the rape scene in the women’s prison. It took me a couple of minutes to recognize that everyone around me on the plane was looking at my computer in horror. I had accidentally been watching soft-core porn in the American Airlines Business Class cabin. Bad form. I turned it off, and wondered if it was illegal to watch porn on an airplane.

Reading material is potentially as dangerous. The person next to me is always pretending to stretch so they can see what I’m reading. I should bring Devil Worship: Simple Satanic Rituals, but they are usually history books like Accommodating Revolutions: Virginia's Northern Neck in an Era of Transformations, 1760-1810. Other passengers have groovy magazines like Dwell, or Wallpaper. I don’t understand these. There are lots of people living barefoot in houses with plywood cabinets. I bring Sunset magazine.

I love Sunset. If you live in the American west and enjoy gardening, you get Sunset. I love the how to projects, and the affordable, and sensible good taste. But, I especially love the logo. For a time, Sunset took a slight detour, but under Mia Daminato they’ve returned to the classic script. Too often recently, organizations abandon a beautiful mark in favor of something with chrome and highlights. Sunset’s decision to return to the 1937 logo is smart and brave. I also like that the covers have used beautiful photos of Lake Tahoe, or a picnic. Nobody is offended when I pull Sunset magazine out of my bag on an airplane. That’s better than leaving an issue of Juggs on a plane (true story via my sister-in-law, an American Airlines flight attendant).

Wallpaper Your World

Sailing Wallpaper A few months ago, I decided I needed some nautical wallpaper for one of my bathrooms. I couldn’t find any that fit the bill and had some semblance of being eco-friendly. So, we decided to make our own. Now we're in the process of designing and researching manufacturing. Once I finished designing the bathroom wallpaper, I moved on to the kitchen and living room options. There is a scene from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever that I’ve considered as we designed these. Barbra Streisand has nightgowns that match her sheets, and wall-paper, which matches the sheets. It’s all very matchy. But I’ve always wondered, does she have multiples of the nightgown in the sheet or wallpaper patterns? Does she ever wash it? What if she needs a new one and can’t find a match? Hopefully when we actually make this, we won't make matching pajamas and nightgowns.

Sailing Wallpaper Detail

Pots and Pans Wallpaper

Pots and Pan Wallpaper Detail

Street Scene Wallpaper Detail

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever