Art Collector’s Manhattan “Phallus Palace”

Charles Leslie (art collector and founder of Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, among other things) has an apartment in Manhattan that’s full of homoerotic art. It’s so full that it’s been dubbed the Phallus Palace. From site-specific murals to ancient artifacts, sculptures, souvenirs, embroidered cushions, tapestries, photography, painting and beyond, it’s a treasure trove that has every inch of the walls and tables …

60+ Years of Tom of Finland

For 60+ years, Tom of Finland (aka Touko Laaksonen) has inspired and empowered viewers, while pioneering expressions of gay desire through his art. While certainly erotic, much of his artwork wasn’t overtly sexual, rather playfully suggestive—making male-on-male lust somewhat everyday and casual (nothing if not brave in the ’50s, when he began showing his work). In a new show at Detroit’s MOCAD, “Tom House: The …

Tom of Finland + Jalo Helsinki Fire Blankets

Extinguishing small blazes, one chiseled hunk at a time

Lifesaving fire blankets, like a fire extinguisher, aren’t meant to be hidden in the closet—because when an emergency occurs, you want it at an accessible and highly visible place. And an eye-catching design helps. Known for making smoke alarms less of an eyesore and more user-friendly, Finnish design company Jalo Helsinki has also made fire safety blankets a lot more exciting through a collaboration with …