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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Flash floor lamp by Guzzini Studio 6G in David Cronenberg's Scanners

A great modern lamp, spotted in David Croneberg’s “Scanners” (1981). At the end of the movie, Darryl Revok takes Cameron Vale to the offices of Biocarbon Amalgamate (which is a gorgeous building in its own right). 

Biocarbon Amalgamate Headquarters in Scanners

It is the Flash floor lamp by Guzzini and is featured prominently in the culminating scene in the movie. Revok says, “All right. We're gonna do this the scanner way. I'm gonna suck your brain dry! Everything you are is gonna become me. You're gonna be with me Cameron, no matter what. After all, brothers should be close, don't you think?”  The Flash floor lamp is related to the Bud lamp and the Clan lamp.

Cameron Vale and the Guzzini Flash floor lamp in Scanners Darryl Revok and the Guzzini Flash floor lamp in ScannersDarryl Revok and the Guzzini Flash floor lamp in ScannersDarryl Revok and the Guzzini Flash floor lamp in Scanners

Four screen stills from the culminating scene featuring Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack) and Darryl Revok (Michael Ironside).

David Cronenberg with the Flash floor lamp by Guzzini on the set of Scanners

Director David Cronenberg on set with the Flash floor lamp.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

UTENSILO in High Anxiety

One of the things I like to see is great looking plastic items as props in or in the background of movies.  Here is the UTEN.SILO I wall organizer in white by Dorothee Maurer-Becker for Design M (1969) as it appears in the Mel Brooks film High Anxiety (1977). It’s prominently featured in the film, here is one of the best shots of the UTEN.SILO.

Utensilo wall organizer in High Anxiety


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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Lucite pop art 80s clock

Here is an interesting 6” tall by 4-1/4” wide by 1-7/8” deep table, desk, or shelf clock.  The mechanism is tucked behind the back of a bent piece of opaque off white, uniformly colored Lucite (acrylic).  Takes a single AA battery.

Lucite Memphis 80s pop art desk clock front

The hands are made of metal, the hour hand is in red, the minute hand is in yellow.  The seconds are indicated by a black and blue disc that turns.  Set off from the base by just under an inch via four metal prongs is a 1/8" thick, transparent Lucite square (4 1/4" by 4 1/4") that is screened on the back in white with a very pop art, 80s modern design.  The design looks almost like a TV test pattern.

Lucite Memphis 80s pop art desk clock right sideLucite Memphis 80s pop art desk clock left side

I hesitate to call it mid century, but this clock would probably fit nicely with mid century décor.  The effect with the rotating seconds disc is terrific, as the center of the clock turns from white and black - to white, blue, and black - to white and blue - to white, blue, and black - and then repeats.  The motion gives the clock a kinetic art appeal.

Lucite Memphis 80s pop art desk clock mechanismLucite Memphis 80s pop art desk clock top

Unsure of maker, no markings.  I have no information about this clock other than it looks fantastic.


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