Friday, December 31, 2010

Cortez | Unknown designer | Finesse Originals, United States of America | ca. late 1960s

I’m going to post some more Finesse Originals wall sculptures that I’ve found lately.  They’re not mine, I wouldn’t have the wall space to hang them all!  But they’re interesting nonetheless, especially the gigantic ones.  Finesse did not only make these behemoths, they also made smaller sculptures. 

Some information about Finesse was provided by the seller of the piece shown below:  “In 1965 a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for Finesse Originals. Finesse Displays, Inc. owned this trademark for three dimensional wall decorations and wall sculptures. The trademark expired in 1985.” 

Cortez.  This wall art was described by the seller with information that it was shown in “a 1968 Finesse originals catalog. It is titled #219 Cortez and sold then for $62.00.” 

In five pieces, the centerpiece is 32 ½” in diameter.  It is accompanied by four smaller pieces, each 13 ¾” in diameter.  Approximately 4” deep.  Offered at $300 but did not sell and has been relisted.  Image source:  eBay (user lycntrp).

Finesse Originals wall sculpture Finesse Originals wall sculpture Finesse Originals wall sculpture Finesse Originals wall sculpture

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Programma Vastill planters | Prof. D. Chiaudrero | Vastill, Itlay | 1970s | UPDATE

An update to my post of June 1, 2009, the Programma Vastill planters by Michael McCann.  This is a design by Vastill I have not encountered before.  It’s also in lots of different colors:  white, yellow, orange, green, and black.  Designed by Prof. D. Chiaudrero, it is called “Domino.” The individual planters can interlock.

Imprint on Vastill Domino planterImprint on the Vastill Domino planter, with original sticker.

These Domino planters are 6” long by 3 1/2” wide and  3 1/2” tall, which is approximately the middle (“Junior”) size of the Programma Vastill planters.  There is no indication these planters were made in any size other than what is shown here.

All of the planters were on 10 day auction ending 12/21/2010 with a starting bid of $9.99.  The vases were sold from Canada; shipping to the United States added $8.00.
Color Bids Bidders Final Bid
White 6 6 $38.00
Yellow 6 4 $38.00
Orange 6 4 $38.00
Green 4 4 $38.00
Black 13 6 $44.00

Vastill Domino planter collectionVastill Domino planter collection  Image source (all in this post):  eBay.  User modernhipster.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Enzo Mari | Danese, Italy | UPDATE

Two new auction results.  First, an original Pago Pago vase in yellow and “In vibrant yellow plastic.  Excellent condition with superficial signs of use on the base.”  One bid and one bidder.  Sold on 12/09/2010 for $210 + $14.85 shipping.

Pago Pago vase, yellowPago Pago vase.  Image source:  eBay.

Second, an In Attesa basket in green (the same one that was sold on 11/23/2010?) Four bids and four bidders.  Sold on 12/15/2010 for $32.00 + $9.92 shipping.

In Attesa wastebasket, green In Attesa wastebasket, green  In Attesa wastebasket.  Image source:  eBay.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Latina citrus juicer | Lorenzo Gecchelin | Guzzini, Italy | 2002

Lorenzo Gecchelin Latina juicerLatina citrus juicer
Guzzini, Italy, 2002

Lorenzo Gecchelin was born in Milan on June 22, 1971.  He graduates in 1995 from the Milan Polytechnic.  Gecchelin designed the Latina juicer (Spremiagrumi) for Fratelli Guzzini in 2002.  It won the Compasso d’Oro award in 2004. Compasso d'Oro

The Latina has everything you’d expect from a juicer.  But it’s the design that takes a standard kitchen and bar object to the next level.  The container is angled to allow juice to collect.  Teeth will filter pulp and seeds. It is made from Styrene Acrylonitrile (SAN) plastic.  Rubber feet hold it steady and prevent any scratching.

Guzzini logo

The Latina citrus juicer is given the designation 2322.00 00 by Guzzini and is 112mm tall and 188mm by 175mm with a weight of approximately 200g.

Latina citrus juicer

The Latina citrus juicer.

Latina citrus juicer catalog information Information from the catalog entry for the Latina citrus juicer.  For a pdf catalog of the entire Latina line, click here.

Why it’s called the Latina is a bit of a mystery, perhaps because it looks sombrero-like?  The Latina juicer is still available at numerous retailers.  The most common price is $38.99.  Expensive for a juicer, but worth it for one that looks so good?


Retrieved December 16, 2010 from Guzzini Web Site: http://www.fratelliguzzini.com/en/DesignerAH.aspx

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Elvis table lamp | Charles Williams | FontanaArte, Italy | 1998

Elvis table lamp Elvis table lamp
FontanaArte, Italy, 1998

The Elvis table lamp is a contemporary table lamp designed by Charles Williams for FontanaArte in 1998. The lamp uses one 100W A19 Medium E26/27 incandescent bulb. Light is diffused through a blue methacrylate shade with embedded fabric.

Elvis table lamp, blue and white   Elvis table lamp in blue and white.  Image source:  FontanaArte.

The retail price on the lamp is $1,032.00 but it is available from numerous outlets at a discount.  The Elvis table lamp is 23.2” (59 cm) tall by 13.4” (34 cm) wide by 7.1” (18 cm) deep.

Elvis table lamp, schematic     Schematic of Elvis table lamp.  Image source:  FontanaArte.

In addition to the table lamp, there was also a floor lamp and sconces having two different configurations.  All were available in white or blue.

Fontana Arte logo

FontanaArte was founded by architect Gio Ponti in 1932 as an artistic division of the company Luigi Fontana.  Historically, the company was a leader in advanced glass manufacturing and design. The design company's works were first distinguished by its stained-glass windows, many of which today adorn churches and cathedrals, amongst them the Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano) and the Cathedral of Brasilia (Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida). By using glass, Ponti realized what an enormous potential this material could offer in the making of furnishing complements for interiors.

Urged by this intuition he stated to design and produce furniture, lamps, and objects featuring glass. In a short time a new collection was ready to be marketed, and his new design concept was being used as a complement to the interior decoration of many houses that he personally designed.  The vision eventually expanded to include a much greater diversity of materials.  Click here for the FontanaArte US Master Catalog 2010/2011 as a pdf file.

Elvis lamp methacrylate shade                                      Elvis lamp methacrylate shade.

 Elvis table lamp, technical data sheet   Elvis table lamp technical data sheet (from 2010/2011 catalog). 


Retrieved November 20, 2010 from All Modern Lighting Web Site: http://www.allmodernlighting.com/FontanaArte-M5265-P5267-BL-fon1014.html

Retrieved November 20, 2010 from FontanaArte Web Site: http://www.fontanaartestore.com/media/downloads_page/FontanaArte_US_Master_Catalogue_2010_2011.zip

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

In Attesa wastebasket | Enzo Mari | Danese, Italy | 1970 | UPDATE

Enzo Mari In Attesa wastebasketEnzo Mari
Danese, Italy, 1970

An update to my post of September 11, 2009, the In Attesa wastebasket by Enzo Mari for Danese.  There were 3 bidders and 6 bids.  The winning bid was $50.99 (+$15.18 shipping).  This In Attesa was sold on 11/23/2010 from Washington.  It’s the first color In Attesa on eBay in a while.

Described by the seller: “great vintage trash can is 16” tall, 10” across top. Used condition with wear to bottom, some surface scratches from use. There is a tight crack in the bottom that is approx 3” long. It was hard to see.”

In Attesa wastebsaket, green                                                 Image source:  eBay.

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