I’m profoundly disappointed to announce that Wantful has suspended operations.
We accomplished a great many things in our 18 months in market: an enormously well-received gift offering; widely-lauded experiences for web, tablet, print, and in-store; a network of 600 vendors creating the most exceptional products around, with a robust and streamlined logistics architecture to support them; an assortment and an approach to content that inspired and engaged; and the brilliant and tireless team responsible for it all.
What we did not accomplish yet is the kind of highly accelerated growth required to secure later-stage venture capital, despite the enduring enthusiasm around what we’ve built.
The coming holiday season was shaping up to be pivotal for us, but the loss last week of a planned follow-on investment from a strategic partner leaves us little time to secure an alternate source of capital, or to pursue the other opportunities on the table.
Our top priority right now is exploring all our options in an orderly fashion—and in taking care of our customers and the team—but if I can be of assistance please reach out to me personally.
Whatever the outcome, we’re deeply grateful for the support and encouragement we’ve received from our customers, friends, investors, and partners through these past two years, and honored to have had the opportunity.
George C. Blickensderfer, American, 1850-1917, Model 6 portable typewriter, c. 1906, aluminum, steel, copper, Manufactured by Blickensderfer Manufacturing Co., Stamford, Connecticut, The Modernism Collection, gift of Norwest Bank Minnesota 98.276.279.1
When George C. Blickensderfer unveiled his Model 5 at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, it caught the imagination of Americans and Europeans alike with its ingeniously simple design.
The world’s first truly portable typewriter, it used a rotating type wheel, which allowed for a speedy change in typeface, and contained about 250 parts – a tenth of the parts that made up its desktop contemporaries.
Blickensderfer would present an even lighter take on the Model 5 in 1906: the Model 6, a lightweight typewriter manufactured exclusively in aluminum. Dubbed the “Five-Pound Private Secretary,” the Model 6 was portable and durable; the company touted it in advertisements as being, “in every way, a high class machine.”
Jennifer Komar Olivarez
Associate Curator, Decorative Arts, Textiles, and Sculpture
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
I want! I want! — William Blake
From Benjamin Betts’ Geometrical Psychology. (via Data Is Nature)
The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them. —
Charles Bukowski, Tales of Ordinary Madness (via freedomdesires)
I love Bukowski(via fred-wilson)
From Hiroshi Sugimoto’s movie theatre series—decades in the making—in which the shutter remains open for the entire duration of the film.
Best client ever
Designer Gerhard Steidl and Perfumer Geza Schoen have teamed up with Wallpaper magazine and Karl Lagerfeld to create a clever little folly: perfume inspired by freshly printed books.
The packaging and branding are a bit of a missed opportunity, I think, but anything that smells like ink on paper is worth noting.
Lovely work by André Feliciano. (via Collosal, once again)