Vintage 1960 Sci-Fi Lunch Box
The new LunchBox Lab is now open in the Redmond Town Center. There are still a few details to add the interior, including some authentically vintage lunch boxes.
There are scads of things out there in the thrift stores, on Craigslist, and of course, EBay. Most are of no interest for me. For the specially lit displays, I really wanted to concentrate on a mid-century space travel theme. There are quite a bit of 70’s boxes available, but I find that by the mid-70’s, most lunch boxes are tied to some Hollywood film or other, whether Star Wars or First Encounters of the Third Kind. The oldest of these can be OK, but as the decade goes on they start to look a photoshopped movie poster. My favorites tend to feature illustrations that were done by hand, have more obscure titles if they even have anything, and sport just the right amount of honest wear and tear. Hopefully these will entertain both young and old as they wait in line to order their over-the-top hamberger
Unfortunately, all of these will get defaced when we install them, so I also don’t want to spend too much on them. They will each have a hole drilled through the bottom and be mounted on metal rods.
All four shown here go back to the 60’s. I’m still waiting for one to arrive that features Tom Corbett, the original Space Cadet.
Vintage Space Station Lunch Box – front
Vintage Space Station Lunch Box – back
Vintage Moon Landing Lunch Box
Strange Bedfellows Redux – R Williamson
Given the current political climate, I thought that it was time to revisit a cartoon that I made a year ago.
In the original iteration Kim held a big turkey drumstick, Elvis-style. That’s so yesterday.
Yuri Kinoshita sitting under her tree at Inscape
Seattle artist Yuri Kinoshita is completing her term as an artist-in-residence at Inscape. I visited yesterday to see her new tree installation made with steel, bamboo fiber, silk cocoons, and LED lights. Sitting on zafu pillows under the tree, several suspended strings can be gently tugged to release a range and yellow leaves from above which flutter silently down to join the array on the floor. Very peaceful and otherworldly.
I hope to be working with Yuri on a new restaurant project this fall and this visit was an inspiration. Today is the last day to view this piece as she has to now move it back to her studio. See it if you can.
Inscape is the old Seattle Immigration and Naturalization Service building just south of Uwajimaya Village at 815 Seattle Blvd South, Seattle WA 98134
‘Eden Pool’ – (Adam & Eve Sommerso) by robert Williamson
I’ve donated a painting from this past spring, ‘Eden Pool (Adam & Eve Sommerso)’ to the fund raising auction taking place this weekend for the benefit of The Lenny Wilkens Foundation. The auction takes place this Saturday, August 12 2017, at the Bellevue Hyatt in the Regency Ballroom (Bellevue, WA), from 6-10 pm.
I’m never sure how well a painting will be received in an event like this, but it’s what I have to offer. The piece is back painted on the glass of a salvaged craftsman window.
LWF is based in Medina, WA with a mission is to provide healthcare and education for underprivileged children.
LunchBox Lab – final progress shot before soft opening in Redmond Town Center
My new design for LunchBox Lab gets unveiled tonight at a private party for the benefit of HopeLink. The location is Redmond Town Center, in a space once occupied by Ruby Tuesdays. The old restaurant was totally gutted, the space pared down in size by 50%, and was essentially starting from a bare shell.
I’ve been guiding the LunchBox Laboratory brand since Neighborhood Grills joined forces with the originator/chef, Scott Simpson, some 3 years ago or so. But this is revised in at least 3 ways from past efforts: concept, (moving to fast casual), name (shortening to the much preferable ‘Lab’), and starting to gel some of the graphic elements, colors, and finishes that populate the place.
Working with Sue Genty, (SGID), I got to finally do one of these things with a proper budget and some tech touches. Like many of these first time things, there are a few straggler elements that have yet to be installed but most people won’t notice what’s not there, we hope!
I’ll have some more photos of store details, inside and out, as the I get them. For the moment, you can compare the snapshot from this morning, (above) with this hand drawn rendering from early this spring (below).
LunchBox Lab – early concept sketch for Redmond Town Center