Monday, January 31, 2011

Lumitime clock | Various designers | Tamura Electric Corp., Japan | ca. 1970 | UPDATE

LumitimeVarious designers
Tamura Electric Corp., Japan, ca. 1970

There have been a bunch of Lumitime clocks sold lately.  This is partly because eBay user chefrarestones is selling clocks from a personal collection, so if these are of interest to you, be sure to check out future listings for other clocks that might be for sale.  All end dates are 2011.


End Date

Sale Price
C-31* white 1/18 0
(did not sell)
0 $295 Lumitime C-31 (script numerals)
C-31* white 1/26 0
(did not sell)
0 $195 Lumitime C-31 (script numerals)
C-11 orange 1/18 2 2 $67 Lumitime C-11
C-11 white 1/17 1 1 $50 Lumitime C-11
C-31 white 1/17 2 3 $68

Lumitime C-31

C-31 black 1/17 2 2 $61 Lumitime C-31
LT-11 black 1/16 4 4 $66.75 Lumitime LT-11

*script numerals.  A larger picture of this clock is shown below.  Image source:  eBay.

Click a link for more information about individual clocks.

Lumitime C-31 (script numerals)

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sorella table lamp | Harvey Guzzini | Studio Technica Harvey, Italy | 1972

Reissue of Sorella table lamp                         Reissue of the Sorella table lamp.

In the late 1950s, the sons of Mariano Guzzini: Raimondo, Giovanni, Virgilio, Giuseppe and Giannunzio founded Harvey Creazioni for the production of artistic objects in enameled copper. The name is a reference to Harvey, the invisible giant rabbit from the film of the same name starring Jimmy Stewart. Soon after the foundation of the company, the production of copper objects was supplemented by fantastically designed plastic lighting.

iGuzzini logo

Sorella table lamp and plugSorella table lamp, blackSorella table lamp base, blackThe Sorella table lamp was originally made in black and white ABS plastic and takes a 40W E17 bulb.  There are several, slightly different versions of the lamp but generally, the most desirable is the one where some light is reflected down the tube of the lamp and shines from the fins cut in the base.   The Sorella lamp above is $700 buy it now from eBay.

Sorella table lamp, black  Sorella table lamp, black Sorella table lamp, black Sorella table lamp, black Sorella table lamp imprint, black

Image source:  eBay.  Description:  “The condition is very good. There are a few points to note. There is two spot burns from the bulb inside the shade as can be seen in the second from last photo. The stem that holds the bulb moves so have to be careful when the bulb is on that it is not too near the plastic. This movement of the stem is a feature in all these lamps. The second flaw is a tiny hairline crack to the base.”  This Sorella lamp sold for £194 ($303) on 12/15/2010.  There were 20 bids and 11 bidders.

Sorella table lamp, white  Sorella table lamp, white Sorella table lamp, white  Sorella table lamp, white Sorella table lamp, whiteSorella table lamp base and sticker, white                        Image source:  modernlove20.com (sold).

Tour of the Sorella table lamp from Youtube user sonofsolo69.

Sorella table lamp from Moonraker Sorella table lamp from Moonraker

In the James Bond film “Moonraker” (1979) three black Sorella lamps are visible on the desk in Dr. Goodhead’s office.  Later on, 007 fights some goons in Drax’s spaceship, which is peppered with white Sorella lamps.

Sorella table lamp from Space: 1999

The Sorella lamp was also a Moonbase Alpha fixture on the TV show Space: 1999, which ran from 1975-78.

Sorellarium: 13 logo

Some terrific information about the Sorella lamp and numerous other iconic objects, plastic and non-plastic, can be found at Catherine Bujold’s Space1999.net.   Do yourself a favor and click on the Sorellarium icon above to go there now.

Nemo Castelli logo

Nemo Cassina bought the rights to produce the Sorella lamp and it is back in production in white polycarbonate.  It will take an 18W E27 TC-T compact fluorescent bulb.  Reports are that it should be available in early 2011.

Sorella table lamp, technical data sheet

Sorella table lamp technical data sheet from Nemo Cassina.

Sorella table lamp reissue schematics

Schematic of the Sorella table lamp, from Nemo Castelli reissue. 


Retrieved December 18, 2010 from Chaplins: http://www.chaplins.co.uk/store/modern-furniture-blog/archives/4646.html

Retrieved December 14, 2010 from iGuzzini: http://www.iguzzini.com/html/en/102.html

Retrieved December 18, 2010 from Nemo Cassina: http://www.nemo.cassina.it/schedaprodotto.asp?ID=201

Retrieved December 18, 2010 from space1999.net: http://www.space1999.net/~sorellarium13/sorella.htm

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ero|S| chair | Philippe Starck | Kartell, Italy | 1998

Philippe Starck Ero|S| chairPhilippe Starck
Kartell, Italy, 1998

Kartell says that the Ero|S| chair is egg shaped, and that may be, but I see it more like a slightly tipped martini glass, especially the swivel base, with you as the olive once you sit in it.  The finishes are transparent or batch-dyed polycarbonate for the seat and die-cast aluminum or chrome-plated steel for the base.

The seat is available in transparent: crystal (clear), yellow, light green, orange, and cobalt blue… (image source:  Heal’s)

Ero|S| crystal (clear)Ero|S| orangeEro|S| yellowEro|S| light greenEro|S| cobalt blue

…and opaque: glossy white, glossy black, and Kartell red (image source:  Heal’s). Also in opaque metallic gray.

Ero|S| solid whiteEro|S| solid blackEro|S| solid red

Ero|S| solid gray

Among the versions of the Ero|S| chair that are available are: polished aluminum tulip swivel base with a central support (model 4835), light four-legged structure in chromium-plated steel (model 4837) or on castor wheels (model 4839). The price varies with options and the chair runs approximately $485 for the chair with legs, $620 with castors, and $700 with the aluminum tulip swivel base.  Used chairs occasionally come up for auction but condition can be a problem.

Ero|S| chair technical data sheet

Ero|S| technical data sheet.

I have two of Ero|S|chairs in transparent crystal with the tulip swivel base.  The transparent crystal is especially good for small spaces as the chair is impactful without being visually heavy.  You do have to be careful around the chairs because the seat and the base will scratch easily and some cleaning solutions will cloud polycarbonate.  The Ero|S| chair is 62 cm wide by 70 cm deep and 79 cm tall.  The seat height is 46 cm. 

For other designs by Starck that I have posted about, click here.  

Ero|S| transparent crystalEro|S| aluminum tulip swivel baseClose up of scratches in Ero|S| aluminum tulip swivel base

Top:  The Ero|S| chair in transparent crystal.  Middle:  aluminum tulip base.  Bottom:  scratches on base.  The chair has held up well after 8 years of use but could stand some polishing.

Ero|S| transparent orangeEro|S| transparent orangeEro|S| aluminum tulip swivel base undersideEro|S| engraved imprint, tulip base

Top:  The Ero|S| chair in transparent orange.  Next:  top view.  Next:  view of bottom of chair with five rubber grippy pads.  Bottom:  engraved imprint on tulip base.  Image source:  eBay.

Ero|S| chair with box

Two Ero|S| chair boxes with a solid metallic gray chair with tulip base.  A second chair is to the right in the original picture here.  Image source:  Rocket City Digs.

Ero|s| chair with castors Ero|s| chair with castorsEro|s| chair with castors                    5 legged base with castors.  Image source:  eBay

Fixed leg Ero|S| chairFixed leg Ero|S| chair

 Eames Eiffel base

Top:  Ero|S| chair in transparent crystal, 4 legged base without castors.  Image source:  eBay.  Bottom:  The four- and five-legged lightweight structure bases evoke the Eames’ “Eiffel” base (1952).  Image source.

Ero|S| engraved imprint, fixed leg baseEngraved imprint on 4 legged base on the chair pictured above.  Image source:  eBay.

Ero|S| chair tagEro|S| tag on chair pictured above.  Image source:  eBay.

Starck has used the Ero|S|chair for self-inspiration on numerous occasions, some of which will surely show up in future posts.  While made of completely different materials, The moor(e) swivel lounge chair designed for driade (2008) is not dissimilar to the Ero|S|.  moor(e) comes in white or black full grain leather with a base made from polished stainless steel.  The shell is made from fiberglass that is padded and upholstered in leather.  Priced at approximately $9,200.

moor(e) chair

moor(e) chair schematic

moor(e) chair and schematic.  Image source:  driade.

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