Although I’ve always loved the idea of Keith Haring, I’ve never been a true fan of his work. But I think the passage of time has caused me to reconsider my feelings. Don’t know whether it’s nostalgia for those junior high school trips to Pop Shop in the Village (Returning to school with a Radiant Baby notebook was the end-all-be-all for the Scunci set in Long Island), or a recognition of Haring’s pioneering approach towards graffiti-as-commercialism (e.g. people going nutty over Banksy today). Regardless, I was moved enough to publish my first post in ages after seeing this chair on the New York Magazine website.
Made for children by French company Vilac
Here’s a little more about the company:
“Deep in the Jura region of France, surrounded by mountains, lakes and forests, Vilac has been producing high-quality wooden toys and gifts for the past 80 years. Vilac was founded by Narcisse Villet in 1911 as a wood turning workshop, which later came to specialize exclusively in the finely lacquered wooden toys for which Vilac is so well known. Appropriately, Vilac is in fact an amalgamation of the name of the founder, “Villet,” and the word “lacquer.” In 1985, Vilac was purchased by Hervé Hagland, who continues the Old World wood working traditions to this day.”
If you’re not in the market for a new piece of furniture, I’m happy to report that Vilac also sells these Keith Haring puzzles. Here’s a link to the Nova 68 website, which sells the set of four puzzles for $50. Fionn received them as an (early) Christmas gift last week, and I believe they were purchased at one of the NYC museum gift shops! So check online for better prices, if you’re interested, perhaps you’ll get a holiday bargain.