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Taylor & Ng drug house kitty mug from 1981.

In 1965 Win Ng met artist Spaulding Taylor and shifted his focus toward utilitarian work. The two founded Environmental Ceramics (the precursor to Taylor & Ng) and moved into creating handmade artware and homewares. The company called Taylor & Ng was founded during the same period and, with the addition of Win Ng’s brother, Norman Ng, as president, grew into a major producer and retailer of housewares.

Win Ng’s whimsical designs and animal drawings became a thematic focal point for many extremely popular Taylor & Ng products, from coffee mugs to kitchen aprons, pot holders, and dishtowels. These products sold heavily through Macy’s and other major department stores and housewares retailers throughout the U.S. during the late 1970s and 1980s. He created pottery, book designs and linens for over 20 years.

Through their own San Francisco department store and wholesale business, Taylor & Ng not only created a signature style still in demand by collectors, but helped to popularize Asian culture and cuisine. The Taylor & Ng company is credited with bringing the Chinese wok to the U.S. and making it a common kitchen utensil. In the late 1970s, they expanded their line to include a wide range of kitchen products, including a clever wood-and-metal-hook pot rack called the “Track Rack” that is still sold today. In 1977, Taylor & Ng introduced one of the first knock-down furniture products, the award-winning “Chair-In-A-Box,” designed by Don Vandervort (who later went on to found HomeTips.com). The Taylor & Ng department store closed in 1985 so that the business could focus on its wholesale activities.

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The Wes Anderson Collection is the first in-depth overview of Anderson’s filmography, guiding readers through his life and career. Previously unpublished photos, artwork, and ephemera complement a book-length conversation between Anderson and award-winning critic Matt Zoller Seitz. The interview and images are woven together in a meticulously designed book that captures the spirit of his films: melancholy and playful, wise and childish—and thoroughly original.

Ryan McGinleyYEARBOOK, 2013Installation viewRatio 3, San Francisco

Ryan McGinley
Installation view
Ratio 3, San Francisco

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The Golden Gate, designed by Jay Nelson is an electric camper car measuring 96”x54”x64”. Made with fiberglass, epoxy resin, plywood, glass, bike parts and electric motor. The vehicle can drive 10 miles on a charge and goes up to 20 mph. The interior has a kitchen with sink, stove, cooler, storage cubbies, toilet, a bed and storage below the bed. All of the controls are in the steering wheel. The driver sits cross legged while operating the vehicle.

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Spice Grinder
Two pieces in cast iron with a roughened base and a cork stopper for keeping the unused spices fresh in the storage section. Since 1906 this family business, the last in Scandinavia, has been making cast iron utensils. Simple, it brings out the hidden flavors of pepper and other spices. Made in Sweden.

Shun Knives
Since 1908 this Japanese manufacturer has been producing cutlery inspired by the techniques used in Samurai swords. Blades and tangs in solid layered Damascus type steel with a VG10 core. Handles made of Pakka wood. Made in Japan. (Set of 3)
Santoku Knife: 16.5 cm blade
Carving Knife: 15 cm blade
General Purpose Knife: 9 cm blade

Carving Fork
The squared-off prongs are perfect for lifting and holding meat. Two prongs in stainless steel, two aluminum rivets / 30 cm. Made in Germany.

Chopping Boards
Designed by a craftsman in the Alps and manufactured by a company specialized in making kitchen work surfaces, this board is made – in the traditional manner – from a single piece of wood. In solid walnut, vegetable oil polish / 43 x 24 cm. Made in France. (Includes 2)

Leather Apron
Designed by Malle W. Trousseau, this apron is based on those once used by blacksmiths. Hand cut calf’s leather with four brass eyelets, minimal finishing. One size fits all. Made in France.

Corsican Knife
Handmade by a Corsican craftsman, inspired by the traditional shepherd’s knife known as the Curnicciolu. 12 cm blade in solid steel, boxwood handle. Made in France.

Skimmer and Ladle
Two throwbacks to traditional French cookery made in Villedieu-les-poêles since 1830 by the Mauviel family. Flat skimmer and ladle in copper, brass handles and hanging hook/ 40cm. Made in France.

Wooden Spatula
Designed by a Danish designer specialized in reinterpreting everyday objects. In twisted maple, without adhesive, hand finished / 30 cm. Made in Denmark.

Grinding Stone
Untreated lava, two-sided, 300 and 1000 grains. Made in Japan.

Stainless Steel Soap
A novel and proven way to eliminate persistent food smells from your fingers, “wash” your hands with this stainless steel soap for 30 seconds and the aroma of onion and garlic will be gone. Stainless steel.

Cast Iron Casserole
Designed by Timo Sarpaneva in 1952, this iconic example of Scandinavian design lets you cook with minimal fat meaning that it has become a fixture in the kitchen. This piece is represented in the Museum’s collection. Enameled cast iron, wooden handle. 3 liters, 21.5 cm diameter. Made in Finland.

Frying Pan
Made in Villedieu-les-poêles by Mauviel installed since 1830.This is a solid, essential element in which the quality of the steel used ensures a rapid and uniform distribution of heat that favors perfect browning. Multi-layered 18/10 Stainless steel, 2.6 mm thick with an aluminium core, solid base. Cast iron handle fixed by stainless steel rivets. Polished exterior. 28 cm diameter. Made in France.

Slope Sided Sauteuse
From the same maker as the frying pan, this small slope-sided saucepan is perfect for ensuring food is evenly coated or for frying small items. 16 cm diameter. Made in France.

Pallet Knife
This multi-purpose pallet knife is indispensable for lifting, scraping or turning over food in the frying pan. Stainless steel, aluminum rivets / 21 cm. Made in Germany.

Cast Iron Pan
A German artist with a passion for cast iron makes these pans, each of which is a one-off and is close to being a work of art in its own right. Solid cast iron treated with linseed oil. 25 cm diameter, 2 liters. Made in Germany.

Oven Gloves
Hand-woven using natural fibers, these are made by a small firm that specializes in home-ware objects. Thick squares of cotton/linen mix. 17.5 x 21.5 cm. Made in Sweden.

Pot Stand
It is pretty and smart: it sticks to everything that has a base incorporating iron, including casseroles, pans and the stockpot. Oiled oak, magnetic insert, 18 x 18 cm. Made in Sweden.

Dish Cloths
For over a century, this manufacturer based in Armentières has been weaving fabrics using natural materials. They come in pairs and can be personalized with initials or a special motif. 100% Linen, embroidered check pattern, pre-washed. 77 x 51 cm. Made in France. (Includes 2)

Glass Container
For over one hundred years this American producer has been making strengthened glass containers. Jar with lid made from unrefined glass. 22 x 12 x 10 cm, 1.2 liters. Made in the USA.

Stock Pot
Made in Villedieu-les- poêles by Mauviel, this emblematic item of family cooking is made from a single piece of steel which makes it remarkably solid and efficient. The insert makes cooking pasta and spaghetti easy and safe. Multi-layered 18/10 Stainless steel, 2.6 mm thick with an aluminum core, solid base. Cast iron handle fixed by stainless steel rivets. Polished exterior. 28 cm diameter, 6 liters. Made in France.

Spaghetti Spoon
Stainless steel / 31 cm. Made in Germany.

Chopping Boards
Same origin as the others. Solid beech, vegetable oil finish. 37 x 20 cm / 31 x 15 cm. Made in France.

Multi-Purpose Colander
Used by professionals to drain large quantities, it is a stable and robust item. Here we envisage a new life for it in our kitchen. Solid, thick aluminum, pierced on the sides and at the base. Riveted handles and feet. 30 cm diameter, 8 liters. Made in France.

Large Dish Towels
This large format dish cloth is useful for cleaning large pots or they can be worn around the waist for protection. 62% Linen, 38% Hemp. 1m 30 x 46 cm. Same origin as the others. Made in France. (Includes 2)

Oven Dishes
Sober and elegant these oven dishes are clever because they can be stacked in the oven letting you prepare the main course and its accompaniment at the same time. White porcelain with 4 silicone feet. 35 x 24 x 6.5 cm / 24 x 17 x 6.5 cm. Made in Denmark. (Includes 2)

Chicken Cooker
This German manufacturer is justly famous for his high quality utensils made from natural clay. This extraordinary object may surprise you: first by what it looks like, then by the quality of what it prepares. Coated terracotta / 23 cm. Made in Germany.

Mixing Bowls
Designed in 1949 by Sigvard Bernadotte, these bowls are icons of Danish design. Their functionality has been repeatedly proven over the years. Melamine, spouts and handles. 3 - 2 - 1.5 liters. Made in Denmark. (Includes 3)

Potato Masher
This is the sort of utensil which we have lost the habit of using and that are a throwback to the past and a reminder of lost flavors. Stainless steel / 30 cm. Made in Germany.

Balloon Whisk
Indispensable for mixing and preparing sauces and creams. Stainless steel. 10 branches, 30 cm. Made in Germany.