Sunday, May 30, 2010

Zimku wireless speaker system | Philippe Starck | Parrot, France | 2009

“What we designed is not a loudspeaker. What we designed is vibrating air.” So says designer Philippe Starck of the Zikmu (2009), which he designed exclusively for Parrot, the Paris-based wireless device company. With the Zikmu, you can stream music from your wireless device or phone, or from your PC using Wi-Fi or Mac using Bluetooth. Transmitting 360 degrees of immersive sound, Zikmu is a daring blend of design and acoustics that’s completely portable. With its slim profile, the next-generation speaker integrates harmoniously into any interior. By placing your iPhone, iPod or iPod Touch in the docking station built into one of the two columns, you can listen to your favorite music while recharging the device. RF remote control included.Zimku wireless speakers, black

The Zimku wireless speaker system in black.  Image source:  Design Within Reach (dwr.com).

The set includes two speakers and a remote control in a black styrofoam carrying case.  You can Stream your music via Wi-Fi from your Mac, PC or any Bluetooth compatible device. Some specifications are as follows:

  • Total power output: 100W RMS, 50W per channel.
  • 3-channel (Class D) digital amplifier.
  • Frequency range: 50 Hz – 20 kHz.
  • Compatible audio formats: MP3, LPCM.
  • Settings: volume, R/L balance, equalizer with presets.
  • Power supply: 70W per speaker.
  • Maximum range: 50 feet.


The black speakers make an appearance in the Lady Gaga video for the song “Bad Romance.”  Here they are, flanking her.

Lady Gaga with Zimku wireless speakersLady Gaga.  With the Zimku wireless speaker system.  Fabulous.  Image source:  Access Hollywood.

The Zimku is available in white, grey, black, and lime green.  It retails for $1600.  Design Within Reach has it, as does Neiman Marcus.  It measures 29.25” tall and each weighs 17 pounds.  It is made in China of ABS and PMMA resins.  At the top, acoustically transparent cloth grilles over the membrane sections.

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Above, the Zimku wireless speaker system.  Image source:  Design Within Reach (dwr.com).


Design Within Reach.  Retrieved May 29, 2010 from:  http://www.dwr.com/product/zikmu-wireless-speaker-system-black.do

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

4675 Portariviste | Giotto Stoppino | Kartell, Italy | 1972 |UPDATE

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Kartell, Italy, 1972

An update to my post of April 21, 2010, the 4675 Portariviste by Giotto Stoppino.  Shown here is a nice example in green, with the imprint.  This item did not sell at 100 € ($125). Image source:  eBay.



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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Zodiac mirror | Unknown designer | Finesse Originals, United States of America | 1970s (?)

Another example of the maximalist designs of Finesse Originals.  This large mirror is  are made of fiberglass and resin with a sturdy metal frame. My post of May 5, 2010 focused on a similar mirror by Finesse I called the “Poseidon.”  The theme of this mirror is the zodiac.

It is large and was difficult to ship at 4 1/2 inches thick at its thickest and 38 inches across at its widest.  It weighs in at about 30 pounds (almost 14 kg).  The combination of weight and size made this piece prohibitively expensive to ship via UPS or other traditional carrier.  Fortunately there is  a Greyhound station within a few miles of my house so this was a terrific option.

Zodiac mirror, Finesse OriginalsFinesse Originals Zodiac mirror.  There is a US $5 bill at upper right for scale.

Zodiac mirror, Finesse Originals

Above is a picture of the back of the Zodiac mirror.  Visible is the mirror backing, the metal support ring, and the hanger, which is very sturdy.  Just to make sure, I put two 100 lb hangers (shown at right) in my wall about six inches apart to support the structure. 100 lb picture hanger

Zodiac mirror, Finesse Originals                           Some of the detail of the zodiac mirror.

Zodiac mirror, Finesse Originals                                 Signature on the Zodiac mirror.

Zodiac mirror, Finesse OriginalsThe mirror has an antiqued finish.  It is not clear, but cloudy or mottled in appearance.  This is original.

Zodiac mirror, Finesse OriginalsHere is the mirror on my wall.  The wall is painted in metallic silver, which contrasts nicely with the gold finish on the piece.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Poseidon mirror | Unknown designer | Finesse Originals, United States of America | 1970s (?)

I don’t think it’s any exaggeration to say that wall art was pretty big back in the day.  Some of the pieces produced by Finesse Originals are the most impressive – and over the top - I’ve come across.  Totally maximalist design.  If you know anything about Finesse Originals, please comment!  No idea on the date, but I’m guessing late 1960s to early 1970s.

I finally have one of these mirrors hanging in my room after seeing it a few years ago.  It’s not the Poseidon, the one I have I’ll share in the next post.  These mirrors are unwieldy and difficult to ship.  This one is 30 pounds, 43 inches in diameter and 10 inches deep.  It is a two part frame, with a metal base and fiberglass and resin relief.  The mirror is antiqued.  It has a mottled appearance and this is natural and original to the pieces.Poseidon mirror, Finesse OriginalsThe mirror was described as being a “Large mirror depicting mythological Poseidon with Hippocampi”

Large and elaborate fantasy mirror comprised of mythical Greco-Roman figures. Features Poseidon/Neptune, god of the sea, brandishing his trident and surrounded by a herd of hippocampi, the "seahorses" of ancient mythology. The perimeter of the mirror is embellished with stylized waves, representing Poseidon's mastery of the seas, and possibly his frustration with the goddess he is pursuing. The cast resin frame is gilt finished and antiqued. Signed “Finesse Originals.”

Unfortunately, it’s been sold and I didn’t get a look at the price, which I would imagine would have been in the high three figures from a retail antique store.

Assemblage, Ltd. logo

Some other selected pictures of this item, sold by Assemblage, Ltd. in Chicago are posted below.

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