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.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
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.
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.
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.
Unsure of maker, no markings. I have no information about this clock other than it looks fantastic.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
This waste bin, though not in the best condition, is suited for kitchen, bathroom, or garage. While it is marked Kartell on the bottom there is no marking to indicate a model number or designer. It is definitely a rare item (I have heard this was designed by Olaf von Bohr, but have not been able to confirm). It is entirely plastic in construction and has a foot pedal mechanism that tips the bin forward while simultaneously opening the lid.