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Friday, January 29, 2010

One word of advice: Plastics | Dorothy Wise | New York Magazine, publisher | 1968

From the pages of the  November 11, 1968 issue of New York Magazine comes this article, “One word of advice: Plastics,” photographed by Dick Swift.

The article begins (in retrospect, humorously):  That helpful family friend who told Dustin Hoffman out by the pool in The Graduate that “I’ve only got one word of advice for you, son: plastics” could have been talking about the newest trend in furniture…

New York 11/11/68 p. 45New York 11/11/68 p. 46New York 11/11/68 p. 47

Reference

Wise, D. K. (1968, November 11). One word of advice: Plastics. New York Magazine, 1(32), 45-47.


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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Space age style from the Italian Bauhaus | Pierre Boulat, photographer | LIFE Magazine, publisher | 1969

From the pages of the  March 14, 1969 issue of LIFE Magazine comes this article, “Space age style from the Italian Bauhaus.” Some fantastic 1960s plastic – and other – design.

LIFE 3/14/69 p. 48-49LIFE 3/14/69 p. 50-51LIFE 3/14/69 p. 52-53 LIFE 3/14/69 p. 54

Reference

Boulat, P. (1969, March 14). Space age style from the Italian Bauhaus. LIFE Magazine, 48-54.


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Monday, January 25, 2010

MOMA Mia, That’s some show | Rita Reif | New York Magazine, publisher | 1972

From the pages of the  May 22, 1972 issue of New York Magazine comes this article, “MOMA Mia, That’s some show.” The article describes the historic exhibition Italy: The new domestic landscape at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, shown from May 26 to September 11, 1972.  This 7 page, contemporary account  illustrates the importance of the exhibition, “the largest in MOMA’s history.”  The headline: “…The provocative ideas represented in the Italian show at the MOMA may well make this the most exciting and controversial design and architecture exhibition seen here in many decades…”

New York 5/22/72 p.41

New York 5/22/72 p.42 New York 5/22/72 p.43
New York 5/22/72 p.44 New York 5/22/72 p.45
New York 5/22/72 p.46 New York 5/22/72 p.47

From the note on Page 47:  Most of the designs shown on these pages are so new that they have not yet become available in this country as yet.  But the following are here in town:  Brionvega radio at Scarabaeus, 223 East 60th Street, $135.  Max dinnerware at Bonniers, 605 Madison Avenue, $45.  Tube chair at Gimbels, Herald Square, $269.  Gaetano Pesce’s UP chair, imported by Atelier International, 139 East 57th Street, $210.*  Boulder-ottomans, imported by Stendig, 410 East 62nd Street, $350 the set of three.  *Through decorators, designers and architects.

I’ll take 4 tube chairs, please.

Reference

Reif, R. (1972, May 22). MOMA mia, that’s some show. New York Magazine, 5(21), 41-47.


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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Programma Vastill planters | Michael McCann and Studio Reflex | Vastill, Italy | 1970s | UPDATE

An update to my post of June 1, 2009, the Programma Vastill planters by Michael McCann.  Here is the imprint from the “Junior” size planter.  One in yellow and one in orange were listed on eBay for some time.  The listing was renewed several times with the opening bid dropping to $19.99.  On 12/30/2009 the orange planter sold for $19.99. The yellow planter remains unsold.  There always seems to be much more interest in the larger planters than the smaller ones.

imageimageThe imprint from the yellow and orange “Junior” Programma Vastill planters.  Image source:  eBay.


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Monday, January 18, 2010

Pago Pago vase | Enzo Mari | Alessi, Italy | 1997 | UPDATE

Enzo Mari Pago PagoEnzo Mari
Danese, Italy, 1969
Alessi, Italy, 1997

An update to my post of January 24, 2009, the Pago Pago vase by Enzo Mari.  The original Pago Pago (3087) vase issued by Danese dates from 1969. Alessi reissued the Pago Pago vase in 1997. The reissue can be distinguished from the original Danese edition by the Alessi imprint at the top in the solid plastic part when the vase is oriented wide-side-up.

Pago Pago Alessi reissue               Imprint on the Alessi reissue of the Pago Pago vase.


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Friday, January 15, 2010

Planta coat rack | Giancarlo Piretti | Anonima Castelli, Italy | 1972

Piretti Planta Giancarlo Piretti
Anonima Castelli, Italy, 1972

Planta coat rack, brown The Planta coat rack forms part of the PL series of furnishings designed by Piretti for Anonima Castelli throughout the '60s and into the early '70s. Other designs include the Plia chair, Plona chair, Pluff stool, Platone desk, Plano table and Pluvium umbrella stand, which shares some characteristics with this coat rack.

The upper half features six fold-down segments that have two different types of hooks at the ends (for holding coats, purses, etc.), and the lower half has two C-shaped sections that swivel out to hold umbrellas (these sections line up with two corresponding indentations in the base to allow for water drainage). The base of the wardrobe rack is heavily weighted to keep the piece stable. When folded up, the Planta forms a sleek, streamlined cylinder; when the parts are exposed, the piece has an extremely sculptural presence.  The Planta is made of ABS plastic and is approximately 66 inches (170 cm) in height and 16 inches (36 cm) in diameter at the base.  It is certainly large but also weighty, which explains why, like the Pluvium, most examples I’ve found still reside in Europe.  The Planta is an expensive shipping proposition.

Planta in Blade RunnerPlanta in lade RunnerThe Planta coat rack was used as a prop in Bryant’s office (above, right) and Leon’s apartment (below, left) in “Blade Runner” (1982).

Planta in Design 3/1972

Above:  From an article in Design Magazine, “Furniture File” published in March 1972 (p. 38).  Some of the items in The Design Centre’s Furniture 72 exhibition are illustrated in this personal report by Hilary Gelson.

Design online logo
Design 3/1972

Planta imprintImage source:  AdVintage and Design Addict.  Item is for sale in the UK for 200 €.

White

Planta coat rack, white Planta coat rack, white
Image source:  AdVintage and Design Addict.  Item is for sale in the UK for 200 €.
 
Planta imprint
Image source: eBay
 
RedPlanta coat rack, redImage source:  Marktplaats.  Item is for sale in the Netherlands for 200 €.
 
Brown
Planta coat rack, brown Planta coat rack, brown
Planta coat rack, brown Planta coat rack, brown
Planta coat rack, brown                Image source:  1stdibs seller Guéridon.  Item sold.

Black
Planta coat rack, black

Image source:  Sweet Sensations (Belgium).

Selected Bibliography

Philippe Decelle, Diane Hennebert, Pierre Loze, L'Utopie Du Tout Plastique 1960 - 1973, 1994, p.63.


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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sourcebook of modern furniture | Joseph Osman | W. W. Norton and Company, publisher | 1997

This is a good reference book, and it’s online.  The number of pages you can view is limited, so make sure your search is directed to your area of interest.  By posting it, I won’t lose the link since my bookmarks are a mess.  It is the Sourcebook of Modern Furniture, second edition, published in 1997. The first edition was published in 1989.

Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data
Habegger, Jerryll, 1944-
Osman, Joseph H., 1955-
    Sourcebook of modern furniture / Jerryll Habegger, Joseph H. Osman – 2nd ed.
    1.  Furniture – History – 20th century – Catalogs.
    2.  Architect designed furniture – History – 20th century – Catalogs.
    3.  Furniture designers – Catalogs.
NK2395.H34 1996    749.2’.49-dc20    96-41746
ISBN 0-393-73010-0

Citation
Osman, J. and Habegger, J., (1997). Sourcebook of modern furniture, Second edition. New York, NY: W. W. Norton and Company. 


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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Pluvium umbrella stand | Giancarlo Piretti | Anonima Castelli, Italy | 1972

Piretti PluviumGiancarlo Piretti
Anonima Castelli, Italy, 1972

Giancarlo Piretti was born in Bologna, Italy in 1940. Piretti attended the Istituto Statale d’Arte (State Institute of Art) in Bologna until 1960. From 1963 until 1970, Piretti taught at his alma mater.  After finishing his studies, Piretti was employed by Anonima Castelli, where he served as head of development and head designer until 1972.  In 1969, Piretti came up with a design hit: the Plia folding chair.

Piretti collaborated with Emilio Ambasz on designing ergonomic office furniture, including the appropriately named Vertebra and Dorsal flexible office chairs.  Vertebra, introduced in 1976, is the first automatically adjustable office chair, designed to respond and adapt to the movements of the user's body and provide comfort and support.  The Vertebra chair won the ID Award for Excellence of Design in 1977 and a Compasso d’Oro in 1981.  Piretti won a Compasso d’Oro in 1991 for the “Piretti Collection” line of chairs, armchairs and easy chairs.

Vertebra chair lineVertebra chair line.  Image source:  Roberto – Catania Technological Furniture.

The Pluvium umbrella stand forms part of the PL series of furnishings designed by Piretti for Anonima Castelli throughout the 1960s and into the early 1970s. The folding Plia chair is the most popular item from the series.  The Plia chair is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  It is made of chrome-plated tubular steel, cast aluminum, and transparent plastic, size 30 by 18 3/8 by 17 inches (76.2 x 46.7 x 43.2 cm); seat height 18 1/4 inches (46.3 cm).  When folded, Plia is only 5 cm thick.

Plia chair with boxImage source:  1stdibs seller Gallery 33.  Four Plia chairs are for sale with a beautiful Plano table at $4,400.

Other designs in the PL series include the Plona chair, Pluff stool, Platone desk, Plano table and Planta coat rack, which shares some characteristics with the Pluvium umbrella stand.

Pluvium is Latin for “rainy, causing or bringing rain.”  The sculptural yet functional holder has space for six umbrellas.  The base is flared, featuring divots where the umbrella points sit.  The Pluvium was made in a rainbow of colors in ABS.  Are there any others?  Anyone have a picture of the original box?

The stand is 16 cm in diameter and 50 cm tall. It is weighty, which explains why most examples I’ve found still reside in Europe.  The Pluvium is an expensive shipping proposition.  Can anyone put it on a scale and tell us what it weighs?  I don’t have one…yet! (I’ve seen 10 kg = 22 pounds).

Pluvium, Design Magazine 3/1972

Above: From an article in Design Magazine, “Furniture File” published in March 1972 (p. 39).  Some of the items in The Design Centre’s Furniture 72 exhibition are illustrated in this personal report by Hilary Gelson.

Design online logo
Design 3/1972

Pluvium imprint Imprint on bottom of Pluvium umbrella stand.  Image source:  eBay.

White
Pluvium, white Pluvium, white Pluvium, white Pluvium, white Three images clockwise from upper left, source:  GoMod.  Item is for sale.  Bottom left image source: eBay user 20e_siecle.  Buy it now available from France at 120 € ($172).

Light gray
Pluvium, light gray Pluvium, light gray Pluvium, light gray

            Image source:  trendydecoration.  Item is for sale at 125 €.

Dark Gray
Pluvium, dark gray Pluvium, dark gray Pluvium, dark gray

Image source:  Spazio 900.

Orange
Pluvium, orange Pluvium, orange Pluvium, orangeImage source, eBay user quarume.  Item sold in Italy with 3 bids on 12/11/2009 for 130 € ($ 186).

RedPluvium, redImage source:  Metropol Auctioneers (Sweden).  Sold on 10/12/2009 at a hammer price of 500 SEK ($ 70).

GreenPluvium, green

Pluvium, green Pluvium, green
Pluvium, green Pluvium, green

Rai Rai Century Design Shop logo

Image source:  Rai Rai Century Design Shop (Japan).  Item sold for ¥ 31,500 ($ 338).

Blue
Pluvium, blue Pluvium, bluePluvium, blue

Image source:  Modern Furniture Designs.

Brown
Pluvium, brown Pluvium, brown Pluvium, brown Pluvium, brown Image source:  Showplace Antique + Design Center through Live Auctioneers.  Notice the detail of the bottom picture.  This is where the umbrella points sit.

References

Anonymous, Giancarlo Piretti. Retrieved January 3, 2010, from Ketterer Kunst Web site: http://www.kettererkunst.com/bio/giancarlo-piretti-1940.shtml

“Emilio Ambasz and Giancarlo Piretti: ‘Vertebra’ armchair (1989.48)”. In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ho/11/sa/ho_1989.48.htm(October 2006)


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