Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Deda vase | Giotto Stoppino | Heller, Italy | 1972

Giotto Stoppino deda vaseGiotto Stoppino
Heller, Italy, 1972

Deda vases interlocked Deda vases interlocked

Left: Two interlocked Deda vases with a “Magic 8-Ball” (Abe Bookman for Alabe Toy Company, now manufactured by Mattel, 1946) in foreground. Right: Collection of plastic items, the Nesso discussed previously on this blog.

Another one of the plastic items that piqued my interest in the material early on was the Deda vase by Giotto Stoppino. I tried to get one for a long time, then received one as a gift on my 30th birthday. Stoppino is one of my favorite designers so you will be seeing more of his objects on this blog.

Giotto Stoppino was born in Vigevano, in the province of Milan, in 1926. Stoppino established the Architetti Associati studio with Vittorio Gregotti and Ludovico Meneghetti in the early 1950s until opening his own studio in 1968 operating in the fields of architecture, furniture, objects, and design. He has participated in numerous exhibitions, including the IX, X, XII, XIII (Grand prize for the introductive section, 1964), XIV, XV Milan Triennial. In 1972 he participated at the exhibition “Italy: the New Domestic Landscape” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York with the lamp 537 designed for Arteluce and the interlocking small tables 4905/6/7 designed for Kartell. A member of the Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI) since 1960, he served as its President from 1982 to 1984. He has twice received the “Compasso d'oro” prize, in 1979 with the furniture Sheraton, designed for Acerbis and in 1991 with the Alessia door handle system manufactured by Olivari.

White Heller label Yellow Heller label
Green Heller label Black Heller label

Imprint on bottom of Deda vase.

Produced by Heller in Italy until 1974. The Deda vase is for long stemmed flowers. As it twists in helical form, its height increases from 25 to 35 cm. It is constructed on a geometric spiral based on the centers of the four sides of a 20.5 cm square. The spiral is 4 cm wide with plastic walls of thickness 3.5 mm. The complex shape of the vase was realized with the help of numerical control programs from technicians at Olivetti. One of the most interesting features of the vase is that two can be perfectly interlocked by sliding one into another.

Deda schematic Interlocked deda schematic

Left: The Deda footprint (top view). Right: Interlocked Deda footprint (top view). Below: White and black vases, interlocked

Deda vases interlocked, top view

I have seen the vase in four colors: white, yellow, green, and black ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene). As is typical, white objects will yellow with time and exposure to sunlight or UV sources. Note the difference between the leftmost and rightmost vases below to get an idea of how discoloration can affect appearance. Colored objects can fade. The two stubs on the underside of the vase would indicate that the Deda was injection molded. They are seldom available, but occasionally show up through traditional auction houses or on eBay. I am fortunate enough to have collected several of these (I told you I like this vase!). Prices on eBay range from as low as $50 for heavily discolored, scratched, or damaged vases to $200 for good condition items.

Deda vase collectionCollection of Dedas on the ledge above my closet entrance.

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

Flavio Conti, Giotto Stoppino, Rima Editrice, Milano 1992,
p. 148.


Anonymous, (2000). Giotto Stoppino. Retrieved January 18, 2009, from Olivari Web site: http://www.olivari.it/uk/designers/stoppinob.html

Calabrese, U. (2007, May 21). Compie 81 anni Giotto Stoppino, il poeta del design. Agora Magazine, Retrieved January 19, 2009, from http://www.agoramagazine.it/agora/spip.php?article23

Montalvo, P. R. (2003, November 26). Design Italiano 1940-1990. Retrieved January 18, 2009, from Pandolfini Casa d’Aste Web site: http://download.aperion.it/pandolfini/20031126design.pdf

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

I love your website-thank you for all the great information and pictures.
I have written to you before. I dont know if you have received my mails.
I love the Deda vases. In November I tried to buy two of them but got scammed. If you ever feel like you could part with two for a fellow design addict-I would be very grateful
thanks so much
kind regards

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