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Spots & Dots

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Spots & Dots
Spots & Dots

Today's Good Things is a celebration of spots and dots, taking in architecture, food and office stickers

Spots never seem to go out of fashion – their graphic timelessness and infinite permutations ensure a long shelf life across all genres of work and play. Here is a little celebration of the humble dot. 

In 1951 Emery Jernquist painted his Rhode Island house black, but then decided it was a little somber. So he added some polka dots. His neighbours were initially skeptical so he conducted a survey in the neighbourhood, with 72% of people liking his approach. The house was featured in Life Magazine, April 1952.

Emery Jernquist's Rhode Island House
Emery Jernquist's Rhode Island House Life Magazine, April 14, 1952
Emery Jernquist's Rhode Island House
Emery Jernquist's Rhode Island House Life Magazine, April 14, 1952

Artists like spots, Riley, Lichtenstein, Hirst, Downing and Kusama, to name but a few. Two lesser known spot enthusiasts are Julie Cockburn, who embroiders spots onto old postcards. And also Marianne Viero, who uses regular office stickers to maximum effect.
Bubble Hill, 2013
Bubble Hill, 2013 © Julie Cockburn
Color Coding Dots, 2008
Color Coding Dots, 2008 © Marianne Viero
Landscape with Mountain, 2013
Landscape with Mountain, 2013 © Julie Cockburn
Color Coding Dots, 2008
Color Coding Dots, 2008 © Marianne Viero
Food photographer Richard Haughton has a penchant for polka, making a salad or soup into a work of art. If you want to create your own spotty sustenance, then why not make a polka dot cake as per Deborah Stauch's instructions? 
Beetroot and warm vieux comté
Beetroot and warm vieux comté © Richard Haughton
Root Vegetables with Truffle Vinaigrette, by Chef Eric Briffard, Le Cinq
Root Vegetables with Truffle Vinaigrette, by Chef Eric Briffard, Le Cinq © Richard Haughton
Gelée of sea urchin, celery and caviar
Gelée of sea urchin, celery and caviar © Richard Haughton

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