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- Warning: It gets less SFW from here.
- Playboy prints on the walls; iPads on display in the middle; oddly Photoshopped Charlie Sheen goddess on the cover of the current issue in the back.
- A closer look at the iPads on display
- Five of the 20 prints have already sold.
- What sort of man reads Playboy? Apparently, the sort with a motorcycle that matches his surfboard.
- Note that many of the prints come from an era when waxing was something you did to your car.
- Celebrity guests curated those cases under the prints.
- Corseted Bunnies on display.
For the next two weeks, Partners & Spade—the Noho cabinet of wonders that also houses Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti's branding business—will be entirely dedicated to Playboy. Back in May, the magazine put all 58 years of its archives online via a subscription-based, iPad-friendly site called iPlayboy.com. Partners & Spade has the analog version: Twenty prints of classic Playboy shots hanging above glass cases featuring great moments in Playboy history.
The show, much like the photo gallery above, is totally NSFW, though you might find yourself more distracted by the parade of bygone hairstyles than by all the boobs. (Partners & Spade has the full set of prints on their website—April 1967 seems particularly lost to the mists of time.) Playboy asked a group of "cultural thought-leaders" that includes hotelier Andre Balazs, designer Jeremy Scott, Barneys ambassador Simon Doonan, and the ladies behind Vena Cava to pick their favorite articles and images from the archives, and those sit in vitrines under the wall art. And because this is really all marketing for the iPad app, there's a table with iPads in the middle of the room. The show lasts through July 29, but if you want to buy some art of your own, act fast: Five of the 20 prints have already sold.
· Partners & Spade [Official Site]
· Fashion Folk Pick Their Favorite Vintage Playboy Pix [Fashionista]