Space-age bachelor pad poster/papercraft set

Marshall sez, "This paper scene is a collaboration between illustrator Derek Yaniger and Marshall Alexander. The result is this poster-sized template that you can either hang on the wall or cut to pieces to create the paper scene. We hope to make this template available for purchase soon."

HI-FI GUY (Thanks, Marshall)


  1. I’m ever fascinated by those who can squeeze another penny out of the old “Space Age Bachelor Pad” cultural genre. Aside from the original, legitimately-valid space age bachelor pad era (roughly 1954-1962…?) the hash and re-hash formulations of the art, music and attitude stemming from the original era has itself spanned at least 30-years (and maybe more) – at this point, I’m never quite sure if what I’m seeing is a tribute to original space age culture or a re-hash of a re-hash of “space age” that may have occurred in 1992.

    Yaniger and Alexander’s art (above) is cute, but cliche’ ridden (smoking jacket, jazz LP, nifty HI FI) – I guess the clever part of it all is the fact that’s all cut-outable. Art like this is similar to art that tries to capture the Be Bop era of the mid-40s by depicting krazy kats in berets and krazy kittens in stilettos smoking mad reefer. Art does have to simplify, but it doesn’t have to sink to bland depths.

    Oops, gotta go. There’s an episode of “The Jetsons” on cable I need to catch!

    1.  Wow, you said it more eloquently than I was going to. I was going to say “The fifties called and they want their bachelor pad back.”

      Cliche’s aside, Playboy magazine was likely the most influential player in this era. The scene is something like you’d find there.

    2. Holy shit, this papercraft-cutout is serious business. Thanks for pointing out the very real cultural affront that anachronistic illustrations present.

  2. Yes, PLAYBOY and dozens of other influential magazines like CAPER and STAG spawned a lot of this. I’m completely sympathetic with the status and situation of being a hip artist in 2013 – but from time to time, it’s important to remind folks that these “echoes of an earlier, brighter crazy bachelor pad age era” began resounding in about 1976, right after all the hippies vanished and right as thrift stores across the USA were packed with 1950s clothing and culture.

    Commercial “fine artists” like SHAG have made a big business out of motifs from a bygone era, as have cultural heroes such as overly-happy Charles Phoenix who seems to exist solely in a self-involved kitschy bachelor pad world circa-1957. Some of the art and historical finds that have come out of this mind-set are beautiful, but so much of it simply builds on visual catch phrases (goatees, swizzle sticks, martini glasses, Cadillacs and Las Vegas 1962-imagery) – but I guess it must all be big business, and people seem to love the 1950s – especially when filtered through 3-D printing technology and modern Photoshopped templates.

  3. Sure, I’d rather look at the real thing, but Yaniger is better than most, and even an approximation is better than (fill in anything “you kids today” are in orbit about).

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