Monday, June 29, 2009

Vase computer | Elitegroup Computer Systems | Elitegroup Computer Systems, Taiwan | 2009

Elitegroup Computer Systems, Taiwan, 2009

Sure, most computers are plastic so they fit the theme here.  But they’re also poorly thrown together monoliths (unless you get an Apple of course).  This one was designed by Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) of Taiwan, a contract PC maker.

Paul Miller of engadget describes the computer's features as “a full Intel Atom 230 system, including NVIDA ION graphics, 1GB of RAM, a 2.5-inch HDD and a Blu-ray drive into what looks like a family heirloom. There's even room for a couple USB ports, Ethernet and HDMI plugs on the bottom, which keeps the main body uninterrupted other than the tray-loading drive.”  Yeah, a Blu-ray player.  Check it out at 0:50.

Maybe it’s not all that  modern, but it could be.  The computer doesn’t have to have the exterior of a Ming vase.  It can be skinned in any way the customer desires.

For pictures of the vase computer, click here.


Miller, P. (2009, June 2). June 26, 2009. from http://www.engadget.com/2009/06/02/ecs-stuffs-atom-ion-and-blu-ray-into-a-vase-for-all-the-right-r/

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Soda cocktail shaker | Carl Öjerstam, Chris Martin, and Magnus Elebäck | IKEA, Sweden | 2000s

ikeashaker copyCarl Öjerstam
Chris Martin
Magnus Elebäck
IKEA, Sweden, 2000s

The point of the cocktail shaker is to mix the ingredients and chill them before pouring them into an iceless glass.  So by that definition, and just about any other, this shaker works.  And it works with style.  I personally witnessed a bartender at one of those swanky bars mixing drinks with one of these once, so what do you think about that?  Just be careful not to bruise your gin with this shaker because your hands won’t get cold and warn you to stop like a metal shaker will. The shaker is 9” tall and comes in three parts like most traditional shakers:  a tumbler, a strainer, and a cap.  The bottom of the tumbler is marked:

SODA Made in P. Rep of China 20052


Design and Quality
IKEA of Sweden

image I feel like I’m doing gravestone rubbings here!  I couldn’t get the imprint on the shaker to show up too well so I highlighted it in pencil.

With this set from IKEA, you didn’t just get the shaker, but also a 2 3/4” measure, an 8” stirrer, and two pour spouts.  If I remember right, all for under $10.  It’s not available anymore, but I have seen a new set on eBay for $16 with free shipping. 

ikeashaker IKEA red shaker and accessories.

The red transparent material that comprises the majority of the set is the thermoplastic SAN (Styrene Acrylonitrile). SAN is cheaper than but less transparent than acrylic.  It has  a slightly blue/gray tint without added dyes.  Silicone rubber is used in the seals on the pourers. 

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Piripicchio clothes shaver | Stefano Giovannoni | Alessi, Italy | 2005

Stefano Giovannoni Piripiccho Stefano Giovannoni
Alessi, Italy, 2005

Stefano Giovannoni was previously featured on this blog with the “Pisellino” designed for Alessi in 2005.  Visit the web presence of Stefano Giovannoni here, which showcases many of his designs and other information.

Piripicchio catalog entry Alessi 2009 General Catalog entry for the Piripicchio (p. 169).

 piri Promotional image for the Piripicchio.

This entry is for the adorable “Piripicchio” made for Alessi (designation SG76) in three colors, light green, blue, and red,  in 2005.  It lists at $50 at the Alessi site and is sold elsewhere as well.

Piripicchio takes his name from the famous early 20th century Italian clown.  He is composed of a thermoplastic polycarbonate resin body, the belly of which is a container for the shorn pills and lint, a set of blades, and a head with a spacing ring which can be removed and adjusted into three positions depending on the type of pilling on your clothes. A clear window lets you know when it’s time to empty.  It also includes an auto-stop safety system and comes with a blade cleaning brush. It runs on two AA batteries, included in the box.  Piripicchio is 8 cm by 6.5 cm and 14.3 cm in height.

image  image The two inserts inside the box.  At left, the guarantee.  At right, disposal instructions.  You’d really want to throw him away?

image Red Piripicchio box label.

image Alessigraphy label.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

New Pot | Paolo Rizzato | Serralunga, Italy | 2002

Paolo Rizzato New PotPaolo Rizzato
Serralunga, Italy, 2002

Paolo Rizzato was born in 1941 in Milan.  He earned his degree in Architecture in 1965 from Milan Polytechnic.  In 1978, he founded Luceplan with Riccardo Sarfatti.  Rizzato has designed for such companies as Arteluce, Artemide, Luceplan, Alias, Cassina, Nemo, Molteni, Knoll, Kartell, Philips, Montina, Thonet, Mandarina Duck, Guzzini, Lensvelt.  His architecture and design projects are included in permanant collections of numerous Foundations and Museums.  He has been awarded prizes including three Compasso d’Oro Prizes in 1981,1989, and 1995 amongst many others.New Pots

Some of the new pot family.

New Pot p. 14 New Pot p. 15 New Pot p. 16Above, the rather extensive collection of sizes, colors, and forms of the New Pot from the 2006 Serralunga catalog.  There are lacquered (expensive) and illuminated versions.  What a fantastic and simple design.  New Pots are made from rotationally molded, recyclable polyethylene. 

New Pot p. 128 New Pot entry from the 2008 Serralunga catalog.


Anonymous, (2009). Paolo Rizzato. Retrieved June 15, 2009, from Stylepark Web site: http://www.stylepark.com/en/designer/paolo-rizzato

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

4683 container | Anna Castelli Ferrieri | Kartell, Italy | 1972

Castelli planter Anna Castelli Ferrieri
Kartell, Italy, 1972

Designed in 1972 by Anna Castelli Ferrieri, the 4683 container is a part of a larger selection of containers including models 4681, 4684, 4685, 4686, 4687, 5683, and 5684. It is 43 cm tall and 40 cm in diameter, so it is capable of holding a rather large plant.  With four castors, it is easy to move around, even with a large plant inside.  The planter was designed to be filled with rocks first to catch excess water.  I drilled a few holes in the bottom of the one I have to make sure the plant I put in it didn’t drown.  Kartell lists the planter as being made in black and white and i found one in yellow, which looks great.

Castelli 4683, yellow Castelli 4683, yellow Image source:  Superball.  Yellow 4683 planter.  For sale at             ¥ 28,000 = $ 286.

Castelli 4683, whiteImage source:  Kartell.  White 4683 planters.  They’re on the right.

Castelli 4683, black (top in) Castelli 4683, black (bottom up)

Castelli 4683 imprintImage source:  eBay.  Black 4683 planter.  Three bids, but the reserve was not met.  Buy it now was set at $125.

Castelli 4683, black My Japanese maple tree in a black 4683 planter.  It’s usually on my balcony except when very windy or very cold.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Programma Vastill planter | Gianni Celada | Vastill, Italy | 1970s

Ok, so I got this planter on eBay I think two years ago from a Canadian seller for about $80.  I got it mainly because I was looking for a neat planter.  My intent was always to actually use it, so you’ll have to excuse the plants!

I’ve never been able to find out much about the planter.  Gianni Celada is the designer.  He was born in 1935 in Milan.  He also designed a cool lamp called “Katiuscia” for Fontana Arte amongst other things.  Here are some pictures that show the difference between this model and the ones by Michael McCann.

Vastill Prisma planter baseVastill Prisma planter base.  Left, bottom of base.  Right, top of base.

I have to say, I’m not crazy about the three-wheel configuration as when the planter is fully loaded with dirt and plants, it tends to lean to one side.

Vastill Prisma planter without baseVastill Prisma planter without the base.  Drain holes are visible at the bottom of the planter.

Vastill Prisma planter with base Vastill Prisma planter with the base.

imageA top view schematic so you can see the profile of the Prisma planter without the clutter of pesky plants.  The Prisma planter is 45 cm long at its greatest length and 34 cm tall.

Imprint on Vastill Prisma planter Imprint on bottom of detachable cache:


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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Programma Vastill planters | Nena Balsari | Vastill, Italy | 1970s

These planters by Nena Balsari are a lot more simple than the others from Vastill, but they still pack a punch of color!

   Yellow Vastill square planter      Orange Vastill round planter 

Image source:  eBay.  Left:  Square planter by Nena Balsari in yellow sold for $5 (!).  Size:  11.7 cm by 11.7 cm by 11.5 cm tall.  Right:  Round planter by Nena Balsari in orange sold for €8 = $11.40.  Size:  22 cm diameter by 18 cm tall.

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Programma Vastill planters | Michael McCann | Vastill, Italy | 1970s

I wish I had more information about this design by Michael McCann circa 1970.  Alas, I haven’t been able to find much.  I guess 1970s because it’s what I’ve seen and that the “Vastill” name was registered in the early 70s.  I have only seen these in two colors, yellow and orange, though it’s entirely possible it was made in more.

Each model comes in three sizes.  There is a planter portion with drain holes and a similar shaped base that serves as a cache.  The planter and cache are detachable.  Smaller sizes nest within larger sizes as shown below.  The largest size, “Big,” has wheels which makes it mobile and is 32.0 cm wide by 31.0 cm deep by 27.0 cm tall.  The middle size, “Junior,” is 16.5 cm by 16.5 cm by 8.3 cm tall.  The smallest size, “Baby,” is 12.1 cm by 12.1 cm by 8.9 cm tall.

The planters that are the subject of this post were designed by Michael McCann.  Another (which happens to be one I have) is by Gianni Celada.  There are also similar planters by Vastill that are round and square by Nina Balsari.

Orange Vastill planter, model "Big" Orange Vastill planter, model "Big" Stamp, Orange Vastill planter, model "Big"Image source.  Programma Vastill “Big” in orange.  Item is for sale, 25,200 ¥ ($265).  Lower image is the imprint.  An example of the small version “Baby” recently sold in orange on eBay for C$28 ($24.85).

 Yellow Vastill planters, three models Yellow Vastill planters, three models Stamp, Yellow Vastill planter, model "Big" Image source:  eBay, Modgasm.  Programma Vastill three sizes in yellow.  Upper left shows the planters nested.  Lower image is the imprint and original sticker.  These planters are for sale.

 Yellow Vastill planter, model "Scarabeo" Yellow Vastill planter, model "Scarabeo"  Stamp, Yellow Vastill planter, model "Scarabeo" Image source:  eBay.  Programma Vastill “Scarabeo” in yellow.  This item sold for in the neighborhood of $30.  Lower image is the imprint.

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