Sitting Amongst Grasshoppers, Peacocks, and Tulips

Ellen Surrey is a Los Angeles-based artist and designer. As a child, she watched her dad, a Disney animator, work and carefully studied the tricks he taught her. She now finds inspiration in cool old things, particularly mid-century designs. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal.

In this collection of illustrations, she revisits some classic chairs in a subversive way. U2’s Bono was once asked about his band’s rendition of the song “Helter Skelter.” He replied, “This is a …

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