Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Evaso 2 flowerpot | Lorenzo Clerici and Alba Gallizia | Serralunga, Italy | 2000s

evaso2Lorenzo Clerici
Alba Gallizia
Serralunga, Italy, 2000s


The Evaso 2 has a diameter of 15 cm (6”) by 30 cm (11.8”).  The stand is 70 cm (27.6”) tall.  The pot is made in terra cotta, green, silver, and white colors.

The Evaso series of flowerpots has an embossed and fabric-textured surface that creates a strong link with the materials used to furnish the home, such as carpets, wallpaper and textiles. It is available in two models, the Evaso 1 and Evaso 2 .   The flowerpots can be set on a support made of painted iron, in the form of a pedestal, that allows the pot to be moved freely around the house as if they were floral lamps.

imageI liked this flowerpot because of its similarity to the Xes table by Edward Geluk.  The texture on the surface of the pot is complicated.  This detail presents difficulties for its method of production, rotational molding.

themagazine.info has both the Evaso 1 and Evaso 2 for sale.  The Evaso 2 is $60.90, with wall support $94.90, and with stand, $112.90.

imagePromotional image for the Evaso 2 flowerpot.

evaso2 2006

Evaso 2 entry from the 2006 Serralunga catalog.

For those of you that are more technically minded, you can check out Chapter 5 (Basic principles for the design of a part to be obtained by rotational moulding) of an online book on the subject.  A lot of the items I’ve been posting about recently are rotationally molded.  It’s a versatile process suited to a lot of different polymeric precursors.  The chapter begins:

The versatility of rotational moulding arouses the interest of designers and manufacturers, however, problems may arise in the realisation of ideas. These may be predicable for those who know the topic, but often unexpected for those who are taking their first steps in this direction. Like any technology, in fact, rotational moulding techniques need certain specific know-how so that both the design and the product harmonise.

The book includes the Evaso (figure 5.15, p. 13) in its treatment of how surface texture can hamper the ejection process and the draft angles that are required to make ejection easier. The book chapter does a great job of taking some interesting rotationally molded designs - by Tom Dixon and Marc Newson, for example, and plenty of others - and identifies the technical expertise behind them. For more information about rotational molding technology, check out rotationaldesign.org.


Anonymous, (2009). Serralunga Evaso. Retrieved May 22, 2009, from Grupo Maroma Web site: http://www.grupomaroma.com/producto.php?categoria=13&id_prod=161&accion=8v⊇=&ver_cat=&id_catego=&niv2=&PHPSESSID=9d9cf1c83025d3a52e2c8dfca6e1a817

Anonymous, (2009). Chapter 5: Basic principles for the design of a part to be obtained by rotational moulding. Retrieved May 22, 2009, from Rotational Design Web site: http://www.rotationaldesign.org/Images/Nuovo/Manual/CAP5_english_3gen07.pdf

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Nello il Matto container | Corrado Tibaldi | Serralunga, Italy | 2005

Corrado , Nello il MattoCorrado Tibaldi
Serralunga, Italy, 2005

Corrado Tibaldi was born in Torino, Italy in 1972.  He trained as an architect at the Politecnico di Torino, then entered the Design Product course directed by Ron Arad at the Royal College of Art in London.  He is currently a member of the OAT (Ordine Architetti Pianificatori Paessaggisti e Conservatori della Provincia di Torino) and Registered Architect to the Italian Architects Registration Board.  His architecture and design works range from customized, one-off pieces for demanding private clients to technical corporate consultantcy.  He lives and works in Torino, Italy and Geneva, Switzerland.  Visit Tibaldi’s web presence here.

Nello il matto is a modular, multipurpose container that can be stacked and mounted horizontally or vertically in an infinite variety of ways.  The containers come in seamless one, two, or three hole blocks.  Each container is 24.5 cm deep by 24.5 cm high with the 1 hole 24.5 cm wide, the 2 hole 49 cm wide, and the 3 hole 73 cm wide.  They are made of polyethylene.  For the data sheet on the Nello il Matto, click here.

Nello il Matto, Serralunga catalog Nello il Matto entry from the 2006 Serralunga catalog.

These containers look like gigantic Legos!  The manufacturing process uses a unique rotational molding technique, giving an attractive and extremely durable finish.  About $90 for the one hole, $135 for the two hole, and $165 for the three hole.  Anyone know where to find them? 

Nello il Matto promotional image

Promotional image for the Nello il Matto.


Tibaldi, C., (2005). Nello il Matto. Retrieved May 11, 2009, from Nello il Matto Web site: http://www.nelloilmatto.com/

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pot-au-mur planter | Nicolas Le Moigne | Serralunga, Italy | 2003

potaumirNicolas Le Moigne
Serralunga, Italy, 2003

Born June 9, 1979, Nicolas Le Moigne now lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland.  He had the opportunity to be a professional fencer, his father being the trainer for the Swiss national team in 1988 and 1992.  He earned an Industrial Design Masters from École Cantonale d’Art Lausanne (ECAL) and saw several of his designs in production before graduation. 

The Pot-au-mur is a planter pot that uses the wall as a supporting surface. When placed flush against the wall or affixed to a wall with appropriate hardware, the vase appears to be seamlessly growing out of the surface. There are two versions of the Pot-au-mur, one with and one without a light.

Similar in concept to a wall sconce, the Pot-au-mur  makes use of the periphery so as to conserve central floor space. Perfectly balanced, it can also stand alone for back-to-back placement. The planter is not intended for mounting above the floor surface. The Pot-au-mur is made of roto-molded polyethylene.  This provides consistent wall thickness and stress-free corners and a design that can be left outdoors year-round without cracking or fading.


Pot au mur entry from the 2006 Serralunga catalog.

Designed as a cachepot, the Pot-au-mur does not have drainage holes and requires a standard liner. The space at the bottom of the vase can be filled with pebbles or rocks to allow drained water to evaporate. Hardware is included for drywall installation.  The pot is an ample 45 cm (15.75”) in diameter by 45 cm (36”) in height.

 image The pot au mur, unlit (left) and lighted (right), both against wall from the 2008 Serralunga catalog, p. 74-75.  Download the 2008 Serralunga catalog here.

image The back side of the Pot au mur, which can be attached to a wall.  Image source.


Agerman, J. (2008, July). Nicolas Le Moigne. Retrieved May 13, 2009, from ICON Magazine Web site: http://www.iconeye.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3506:nicolas-le-moigne

Anonymous, (2007, October 7). Nicholas Le Moigne. Retrieved May 11, 2009, from Architecture Page Web site: http://www.architecture-page.com/go/people/profiles/nicolas-le-moigne

Anonymous, (2009). Pot au mur vase by Serralunga. Retrieved May 11, 2009, from Gibraltar Furniture Web site: http://www.gibraltarfurniture.com/potaumurvase1.html

Le Moigne, N. (2009). Nicholas Le Moigne. Retrieved May 11, 2009, from Nicholas Le Moigne Web site: http://www.nicolaslemoigne.com/

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Christy Sugar Bowl | Christopher Dresser | Alessi, Italy | 1993 | UPDATE 2

after: Model No. 247 Christopher Dresser Elkington & Co., United Kingdom ca. 1885

Christopher Dresser Christy bowl Christopher Dresser
Alessi, Italy, 1993

A quick update to share with you.  A published example of the Christy Bowl!  Check out the uMagazine May 11-17 issue for a pop quiz on pop design.  Can you match the designer to the design?  Click the image below to go to the quiz.


Below, an alternate photo I think worthwhile to share.  I thought it turned out nicely.

Christopher Dresser Christy bowls for Alessi

To anyone reading:  thank you for your interest and continued support!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Ribbed Pot, Roe Bowl, XYZ Pot | The Southern Patio Innovation Lab | Southern Patio, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America | 2009

I’ve been looking everywhere for a planter that looks as good as some of the others I’ve found that I really like.  My next posts will cover some of my favorite planter designs.  Serralunga is definitely the standard-setter when it comes to cool looking, though pricy, planters.  What I wasn’t looking for during my search was a struggle with cost or rarity.  I like to think I have  a bit of a green thumb, so my plants really do grow.  This means every year or two they need a new pot.  As fantastic as they are, I don’t want to shell out a lot of money for a lacquered “Top Pot” just for it to be outgrown.

Southern Patio

This week, I happened to stumble on the HDR (High Density Resin) line of planters from Southern Patio at the Home Depot.  I’ve been to the Home Depot pot-shopping before, and never with any luck.  But then I found these!  I also spied a couple of them as accessories at the Pedini store here in Atlanta, too.  Southern Patio describes these recyclable, injection/blow/roto-molded pots as follows:

Our line of HDR planters utilizes cutting-edge techniques to produce a superior quality, high-density planter with precise coloration, textures and finishes. Crafted from durable, high-density resins, they closely resemble natural, more expensive materials.

Durability and affordability are hallmarks of all Southern Patio™ HDR products. Resistant to cracking from winter frost, our planters also contain UV protectors.

Front of attachment Back of attachment Informational tag on the pots.

You can get them in three styles, the XYZ pot, the Roe Bowl, and the Ribbed pot.  They come in six colors, Amethyst, Ceramic, Limeade, Radiance, Raspberry, and Vivid Blue.  I got the XYZ in 13” diameter, the Roe in 15” diameter, and the Ribbed in 18” diameter.  The ribbed also comes in a larger 22” diameter size.  I really only needed two but got an extra one just because I figure these won’t be around forever.  The best news is the price.  These are an absolute deal!  The 13” XYZ, $12.98.  The 15” Roe, $19.98.  The 18” Ribbed, $24.98.

XYZ Pot, RadienceXYZ Pot in “Radiance” (orange).  It is now the home to one of my orchids, which has gone crazy and recently finished flowering.

Roe Bowl, Vivid Blue Roe bowl in “Vivid Blue.”  It is now the home to my Money Tree, which has been losing some of its leaves.  I hope a bigger pot will help to fix that.

Bottom of Limeade Ribbed PotThe bottom of the “Limeade” (chartreuse) planter.  This picture has been contrast enhanced to bring out the text.


Anonymous, (2009). HDR Planters. Retrieved May 12, 2009, from Southern Patio Web site: http://www.southernpatio.com/index.php/hdr-injection-blow-molded-roto-molded.html

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Galilea moon phase clock | Bernard Vuarnesson | Sculptures-Jeux, France | 1987

Bernard Vuarnesson, Galilea clock Bernard Vuarnesson
Sculptures-Jeux, France, 1987

Bernard Vuarnesson was born in Paris in 1935.  He studied engineering at the Ecole Supérieure du Bois of Paris and trained for a year at the Royal Forestry School of Stockholm in Sweden.  In 1966, he was awarded the diploma of engineering at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris.  In 1972 with his wife Ariane, Sculptures-Jeux was founded.  From 1975 to 1980, they both taught at the Ecole d' Architecture Intérieure Camondo in Paris.

Sculptures-Jeux logo

Sculptures-Jeux presents Bernard and Ariane’s designs.  Check out it’s online presence here and see the other designs created by the husband and wife team.  The boutique focuses on astronomy, nature, toys, and interior design.  The showroom is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm at 18, rue Domat 75005 – Paris.  Tel:  01 43 54 20 39.

The “Galilea” clock, designed in 1987, is the focus of this post.  It is the first clock to reproduce the form of the moon at any given moment.  It also shows the earthbound time on two small hands at the front of the clock.  The month and day are shown on a wheel on the base.  The Galilea was granted US Patent Number 4,887,250 in December, 1989. 

A sculptural addition to the home and definitely useful in education, the constant rotation of a half sphere around a fixed lunar disc shows the visible portion of the moon during its 29.5 day (synodic) cycle.  The clock is made of recyclable plastic and is powered by a single AA battery.  The Galilea is 4.5 inches wide by 4.5 inches long by 9.5 inches tall.  It retails at $89.99 but can be found cheaper with a little effort.  The best deal I was able to find was at Orion Telescope where the price was $64.99. 

Galilea patentThe first page of the United States “Apparatus for reproducing the appearance of heavenly bodies” patent, number 4,887,250. The rest of the patent can be found here.

Galilea clock

Above, a promotional image for the Galilea clock.

Bottom of the Galilea clock Galilea imprintThe base of the Galilea clock, which shows the imprint.  The battery door at the back of the clock is also imprinted.

Galilea box panels
Above, the outside panels of the box.  Below, the inserts.  Instructions on how to set the clock in multiple languages, a chart of the moon’s phases (2006 edition), and a guarantee.  The present moon phase can be found here so you can set your clock!

Galilea insertGalilea insertGalilea insert

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Plastics: Common objects, classic designs | Sylvia Katz | Harry N. Abrams, Inc., publisher | 1984

Plastics: common objects, classic designs Plastics: common objects, classic designs with collector’s guide at amazon.com.  This hardcover book is a steal at $1.99 plus shipping.  Six copies are available at under $5.

Katz’ work is 160 pages in length with 190 illustrations and 110 color plates.  It is broken into 8 chapters that cover the birth of plastics, and each decade from the 1920s to the 1980s.  The collector’s guide follows.

The dust jacket offers Katz’ biography (1984):

Sylvia Katz has a degree in art history from Bristol University in England and was later awarded first class honors in furniture design at the Hornsey College of Art.  Well known for her own collection of plastics and for her articles on the subject, she is also the author of Plastics: Designs and materials (1978).  She is currently with The Design Council, London.

While there’s not much pre-1940 or so that I’m hugely interested in from a collecting perspective, seeing these objects in historical context helps me to better understand the things I am drawn toward.  Without a doubt, this book is very well done.  It leads the reader chronologically through the development of plastic materials up to and through the modern era.  It begins with amber and shellac, then celluloid and proceeds through Bakelite, Lucite, ABS and the explosion of plastics in the 1960s and beyond.  It is inspiring in that the items featured run the gamut from mundane (the travel toothbrush) to extreme (the Mirizzo sofa).  I like this type of book, filled with both pictures and content, in that it provides ideas as to what to seek out and collect.

The objects in the book I like most (and neither of which I have but are shown below) are the Beetle Melmex melamine cruet set on p. 61 designed by A. H. Woodfull and manufactured by BIP, Ltd. (1946 original in urea formaldehyde, melamine in the early 1950s) and the radio with components cast in acrylic designed by David Watkins and manufactured by Clarity Plastics in England (1973) on p.116.

Woodfull cruetWatkins radio

The 15 page collector’s guide is useful as well, offering care guidelines, identification techniques, a glossary, a list of museums, and a list of trade names amongst other information.

Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data
Katz, Sylvia, 1944-
    Plastics: common objects, classic designs
    1.  Plastics – Collectors and collecting. I. Title.
NK8595.K37 1984    681’.7668’075    83-26661
ISBN 0-8109-0769-0

APA Citation
Katz, S. (1984). Plastics: Common objects, classic designs. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.. 

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Rudi bowl | Miriam Mirri | Alessi, Italy | 2004

Miriam Mirri, Rudi bowlMiriam Mirri
Alessi, Italy, 2004

Miriam Mirri was born in Bologna in 1964.  She lives and works in Milan. She graduated at the Advanced School for Anatomic Design and studied communication and design at the Università del Progetto. Mirri spent time in London with Nigel Coates, then returned to Italy.  Between 1993 and 1999, she was a design assistant to Stefano Giovannoni.  She has worked as an independent industrial designer since 2000.  Mirri has collaborated with companies like Alessi, HaagenDazs, Henkel, United Pets, Coop, Rasch, Sigg, Meritalia, and Euro3Plast.  She has been awarded the Fritz Henkel Award for Innovation.  Visit Miriam Mirri’s web presence here.

Rudi catalog entryOlder Alessi catalog entry for the Rudi cup.

Rudi catalog entry

Rudi cup entry from the 2009 Alessi catalog. 

The Rudi bowl with lid is part of Alessi’s “Family Follows Fiction” collection.  It is supposedly a kids bowl but come on, I use it.  Made of PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate), the bowl is 15 cm tall, 18 cm at greatest length, and 12 cm deep.  It holds 61 cL.  The Rudi bowl comes in both blue and orange.  They are still available for $3o at Fitsu and other outlets.

Rudi promotional image A promotional image, showing some alternative colors.  Image source.

Rudi promotional image The orange Rudi.

My orange Rudi My orange Rudi.  Jorge sent him to me from France!


Anonymous, (2006). People – Miriam Mirri. Retrieved April 10, 2009, from Demanio:re Web site: http://www.demaniore.it/opencms/opencms/demanioRe/homePageSezione/magazine/personaggi/home/1175174814451.html?page=0

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