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Friday, December 25, 2009

The A.R.T. Lucite Acrylic Christmas tree | Aaron R Thomas | Orange County, California, United States of America | 2000s

Lucite Christmas treeAaron R Thomas
Orange County, California, United States of America

      Happy Holidays!

 

Aaron R Thomas design is a second generation, family held business located in Orange County, California for over 40 years.  The focus of Aaron R Thomas design is to design and manufacture custom, top-quality furniture, lighting, and retail furnishings crafted from acrylic, wood, metal, and advanced materials and creating original site-specific artwork.  Browse the Aaron R Thomas catalog here.

What a stylish way to save a tree!  You’ll never need (or want) to buy another one.  The Modern Lucite Acrylic Christmas Tree is hand-made and signed by the artist.  The tree is available in three standard sizes or other sizes and colors by commission.  The 4 foot tall tree is approximately 40 inches across at its widest point and costs $678. The 6 foot tall tree is approximately 50 inches across at its widest point and costs $932. The 8 foot tall tree is approximately 60 inches across at its widest point and costs $1246.  It was probably first sold in 2007, when it was available in limited edition 3 foot tall and 6 foot tall models.

The A.R.T. Lucite Acrylic Christmas tree                 The bare tree.  Image source:  aaronrthomas.com.

The A.R.T. Lucite Acrylic Christmas tree                  The decked out tree.  Image source:  CasaSugar.

Aaron R Thomas designs logo

The Lucite tree is hand crafted in Orange County, California from only the highest quality American Made Cast Acrylic.  Built especially for you when you order it.  Some assembly is required and the tree can be disassembled for storage.  Shipping is included to the USA and Canada.

Reference

Thomas, A.R. (2009).  Lucite acrylic Christmas tree.  Retrieved December 23, 2009 from http://www.aaronrthomas.com/


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Monday, December 21, 2009

4676 Portariviste | Giotto Stoppino | Kartell, Italy | 1972

imageGiotto Stoppino
Kartell, Italy, 1972

I’ve had this entry in the pipeline for some time, waiting until I could find as many colors as possible before posting.  This post is specific to the 4676 Portariviste, a future post will focus on the 4675.  There are obvious similarities between the two.

In 1971, Giotto Stoppino designed the 4675 Portariviste and 4676 Portariviste (magazine racks) for Kartell.  Production began in 1972.  They are constructed of ABS and feature an integrated handle approximately 7 cm in diameter for ease of lifting.  The 4677 is a 1999 reissue of the 4676.  The model numbers are about as confusing as they could be .  The varieties and their sizes can be found in the table below. 

Model Number Compartments Size (l x w x h)
4675 6 40 x 28 x 45 cm
4676 4 40 x 19 x 35 cm
4677 4 40 x 19 x 35 cm

The manufacturing process is consistent with the era, it is an injection molded piece.  The symmetry of the rack and the way the imprints are arranged on the bottom (rotated 180 degrees) hint that the tooling consisted of only a single lower and upper element.  Two of these elements attached together comprise the magazine rack.

Rotation of imprint on Stoppino magazine rack180 degree rotation of the imprint labels between components.  Image source:  eBay.

Close inspection of the central area of the rack at the top show two small vertical rails, approximately 2.5 mm in length and 5 mm wide as shown below.  When rotated these serve a glue points and some overflow is visible at the connection.  I’d love to bust one of these open and get a look at how Stoppino managed the attachment process.  Gentle tugging shows no give whatsoever between the components.

Attachment rails on Stoppino magazine rack                          Attachment rails between components.

The Kartell Museum indicates that the 4675 and 4676 magazine racks were made in white, yellow, red, and black.  They were manufactured in more colors than indicated.  If you know of a color not represented below, please comment.  I’ve counted/shown three different labels on this piece.  We’ll see if there are any others that turn up.

WhiteKartell Stoppino 4676 magazine rack, white                                                      Image source.Kartell Stoppino 4676 magazine rack, white imprint                                                Image source, eBay.

YellowKartell Stoppino 4676 magazine rack, yellow Kartell Stoppino 4676 magazine rack, yellow imprintImage source, eBay.  A yellow rack (not this one, but still one in good condition) sold for AU$ 46 ($ 41) in Australia on 11/16/2009.

RedKartell Stoppino 4676 magazine rack, redKartell Stoppino 4676 magazine rack, red imprint

OrangeKartell Stoppino 4676 magazine rack, orange                                        Image source.  Item sold.

GreenKartell Stoppino 4676 magazine rack, greenKartell Stoppino 4676 magazine rack, green imprintImage source.  Item sold in France on 10/28/2009 for 76 € ($ 109).

BrownKartell Stoppino 4676 magazine rack, brownKartell Stoppino 4676 magazine rack, brown imprint                           Image source:  eBay user new_shankar.

BlackKartell Stoppino 4676 magazine rack, blackKartell Stoppino 4676 magazine rack, black imprint                     This one is mine.  Goes well with black leather. 

The 4677 magazine rack was reissued by Kartell in 1999 in batch dyed and transparent PMMA.  Current list price is $162.  This is one case where the original is decidedly less expensive than the reissue, even for the uncommon colors.  The 4677 rack (reissue) is manufactured in red, green, violet, blue, yellow, and straw.

Stoppino magazine rack reissue

Promotional image for the Stoppino magazine rack reissue.

I am very interested in any information that can be contributed to this entry to further my knowledge of this piece. I would especially appreciate a photograph of the original box and information about original cost.

Selected Bibliography

Philippe Decelle, Diane Hennebert, Pierre Loze, L'Utopie Du Tout Plastique 1960 - 1973, 1994, p.55.


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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Relazione di Quattro sculpture | Enzo Mari | Danese, Italy | 1959

Enzo Mari Relazione di Quattro sculptureRelazione di Quattro sculpture
Enzo Mari
Danese, Italy, 1959

Relazione di Quattro translates to “Relationship of Four.”  It’s been a while since I’ve seen these objects appear on eBay and some internet research didn’t turn up anything.  The last time was a few years ago, when I saw some of Mari’s cubes offered individually.  Each cube in the set is 1 9/16” on a side and the cubes are graduated in weight.  If you have information about this piece or any other cubes designed by Mari, please share it! 

Final eBay screenshot Enzo Mari cubeseBay final bid screenshot for the Relazione di Quattro sculpture.

This sculpture was sold on eBay on 10/31/2009 and attracted 8 bids and a hammer price of $710.  This example did not have the original box and in terms of condition, was stated to have “a chip out of a corner on one…and two other tiny edge flea bites.”

Relazione di Quattro sculpture with boxRelazione di Quattro sculpture box

Relazione di Quattro sculpture Relazione di Quattro sculpture

Image source:  eBay, user emodauctions.  This sculpture was sold on eBay on 12/16/2009 and attracted 13 bids and a hammer price of $ 1,825.  This example is accompanied by the original box and in terms of condition, was stated to be in “excellent condition, with one tiny micro chip off an edge.”  I would consider it to be an investment piece.

Final eBay screenshot Enzo Mari cubeseBay final bid screenshot for the Relazione di Quattro sculpture, this one in quite good condition.


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Saturday, December 12, 2009

La Bomba picnic set | Helen von Boch and Federigo Fabbrini | Villeroy & Boch, Germany | 1970

vb La Bomba picnic set
Helen von Boch and Federigo Fabbrini
Villeroy & Boch, Germany, 1970

Villeroy & Boch has been a family owned business since its founding in 1748.  The company concentrates on “Bathroom and Wellness” and “Tableware” business areas.  After training as a ceramist, Helen von Boch was for years responsible for the Tableware Division at Villeroy & Boch.

Villeroy & Boch logo

Federigo Fabbrini was born in Arezzo on September 19, 1928.  In the late 60s, Helen von Boch approached him after seeing some of his ceramic works in a competition in Faenza.  This began his association with Villeroy & Boch that lasted several years.

While this post is about the La Bomba picnic set, made of melamine, any talk of it needs to start with the La Boule dinner set, even though it’s earthenware and not plastic.  The La Boule set came in two color schemes:  brown, white, and cognac and orange, green, and yellow.  It featured 19 pieces integrated into a 27 cm diameter sphere.

La Boule and La Bomba US Patent

The first page of the United States “Set of different dinner-ware articles” patent, number 3,749,278. The rest of the patent can be found here.

The first illustrations in the patent bear resemblance to the La Boule set.  The final figure in the patent resembles the La Bomba picnic set.  The La Bomba is the real feature of this post!

La Boule in brown, white, and cognac

La Boule in brown, white, and cognac La Boule in orange, green, and yellow

Image sources:  Left:  furniture-love.com (sold), Right above:  Architronic.  Right below:  Tribu Design. The La Boule dish set by Helen von Boch and Federigo Fabbrini.  Marked: VILLEROY & BOCH Avantgarde, Made in Germany.

Design 9/1971La Boule 

From Design Magazine, September 1971 (p. 74).  A terrific resource is the online and searchable Design Magazine from 1965 to 1974.Design online logo 

La Boule and La Bomba US Patent

The seventh figure the United States “Set of different dinner-ware articles” patent, number 3,749,278.

From the patent,

Figure 7 shows in contrast to the previously described spherical units a unit which generally has a cylindrical form but which could also be made in the form of a cube. It includes 4 dishes 49 to 52, a bowl 53 and five flat plates 54, which form the supporting structure, which at two positions is held against lateral sliding by shallower grooves 55 and 56 than in the case of Figure 5 and by a deep plate 57 at one position. Three identical further deep plates 58 do not perform any structural function.

In the upper half there are substantially the same parts or articles as in the lower half so that if only two persons are to be served, only the upper half, for example starting at the second flat plate 54, needs to be taken off. This unit can also be inverted. In this case on removing the upper half the dish 53 is also available. It is selfunderstood that a set of dinner-ware according to the invention can be manufactured from any material suitable to the production of dinner-ware, especially ceramic and synthetic materials.

The above item was sold on eBay on 11/29/2009 for € 256.20      ($ 384) with 23 bids.  That’s the most spirited bidding I’ve seen for a designer plastic item in quite some time.

La Bomba final eBay screenshot eBay final bid screenshot for the La Bomba picnic set.

La Bomba Image source:   Les Arts Décoratifs.  Service à pique-nique “La Bomba.”  Edition from 1975, gift of the maker 2001.  Inv. 2001.36.1

La Bomba, ready for a picnicLa Bomba "exploded view"Image source:   Les Arts Décoratifs.  Service à pique-nique “La Bomba.”

Les Arts Décoratifs logo

Flickr user redheadwalking has two great photos from the Les Arts Décoratifs exhibit À Table that shows the La Boule and the La Bomba.

La Bomba soup bowlSoup bowl.  Image source:  eBay (user magalitchi).La Bomba dining plateDining plate.  Image source:  eBay (user magalitchi).

Imprint on La Bomba plateImprint on the plate. Image source:  eBay (user magalitchi).

Imprint on La Bomba  Imprint on the La Bomba.  Image source:  eBay.

Imprint on flatwareImprint on the flatware.  Image source:  eBay.

FlatwareInterlocking flatwareImage source, above two pictures: effe-design blog.  Shown is the interlocking nature of the flatware. 

Flatware setImage source:  Design Enigma. The flatware is 9.7 to 19.5 cm in length.

Reference

Quadreria Blarasin (2009). Camala per Federigo Fabbrini. Retrieved December 3, 2009, from http://www.quadreriablarasin.it/writable/paginaita7131.aspx


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