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Going deep with Peter Max


Recently, for reasons I have yet to ascertain (but which I suspect have something to do with our mutual affection for stars) I went through a little Peter Max thing. And I can report back that, as micro-obsession fodder goes, Peter Max makes for pretty decent material.  According to his Wikipedia page, the bard of suburban psychedelia had a whopping seventy licensing agreements with various corporations over the course of his career.


There was his highly successful collaboration with GE on a line of clocks.

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And his short-lived magazineScreen Shot 2013-01-31 at 10.00.50 PM

And  plastic blow-up pillows. Remember plastic blow-up pillows?


He was the artist laureate of 7UP.

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And did time at Pan-Am as well.

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There was bedding, of course. And he even did this crazy-awesome cover of Seventeen magazine. But it’s funny: unlike most of my obsessions of this kind, I actually don’t want to live with any of this stuff.

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Any of it, that is, except for the enamelware, pieces of which are almost impossible to find, and  seem to sell out almost as soon as they show up on Etsy or Ebay. This trivet makes me impossibly happy.


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This one too. I think maybe, because these particular items are a bit more art-nouveau-ish-ly psychedelic than his other stuff, they’re actually kind of pretty to look at, which is what makes them more appealing. I would almost say that they transcend their era—if something that is desperately of its era can also be said to transcend it.

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I am nuts for the fondue pot—which can currently be found pretty much nowhere except for one place that’s charging over $600 for it. Which is lunacy.

Enamel Pan

And this cute red pan! Can’t find it anywhere right now. Scour your vintage stores, ladies.



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Posted on February 1st, 2013 7 Comments

7 Responses

  1. Oliva says:


    I love these vintage prints!
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  2. marjorie says:

    i thought i hated peter max! but that fondue pot is TO DIE. i also love the dress on the cover of 17 — i wonder if that was him too. (he did do clothes…)

  3. Lorimac says:

    OMG. I think I owned that blow up pillow! From somewhere in the depths of my childhood memory, I remember that pillow, and leaning back on it to read on a warm summer evening and sticking to it. Hee.

  4. Kiki says:

    Awesome. Classic. Genius.

  5. Dianne says:

    I had Peter Max sneakers in elementary school!
    I loved them soooooo much.

  6. cynthia kling says:

    I had the pillow and LOVED it.

  7. janet says:

    I still have the Peter Max alarm clock from when I was a kid. A nifty yellow rectangle. Now, to find it….