Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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

My post of May 15, 2010 focused on the Zodiac mirror by Finesse Originals.  This example is for sale on eBay for $250 with $65 for Greyhound shipping.  That’s one of the best prices I’ve seen for this piece. Image source:  eBay.  Link to item.

Finesse Originals Zodiac mirror

Finesse Originals Zodiac mirror front.
Finesse Originals Zodiac mirror

Finesse Originals Zodiac mirror back.
Finesse Originals Zodiac mirror

Finesse Originals Zodiac mirror detail.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Deda vase | Giotto Stoppino | Heller, Italy | 1972 | UPDATE

An update to my post of January 20, 2009, the Deda vase by Giotto Stoppino for Heller. There have been a lot of these on eBay lately. This black Deda was described as “The sides are scuffed from light use and the top edge has few dents in the plastic, all of which is subtle due to the black color, but no cracks or major concerns.” There were 2 bidders who placed 5 bids. The winning bid was C$100.00 (approximately US$102). This Deda was sold on 5/29/2011 from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Deda auction end screenshot

eBay final bid screenshot for the Deda vase.

Black Deda vase Black Deda vase

Black Deda vase Three views of the Deda vase that sold.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

4676 Portariviste | Giotto Stoppino | Kartell, Italy | 1972 | UPDATE

An update to my post of December 21, 2009, the 4 compartment Portariviste (4676) by Giotto Stoppino for Kartell.  Here is the reissued rack with the box.

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Transparent 4676 Portariviste with box.  Image source:  eBay.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rougier tube lamp | Unknown Designer | Rougier, Canada | ca. 1970 | UPDATE

Cliff Barnes' and Afton Cooper's house from DallasAn update to my post from February 4, 2009.  From Season 6 episode 18 of Dallas “Requiem.”  The episode originally aired on 2/11/83.  Here is another sighting of the Rougier tube lamp in Cliff Barnes’ and Afton Cooper’s house.  Shown above is a particularly unflattering view of the home.  Who would have guessed the trove of modern design that dwells within?

Rougier tube lamp from Dallas

Look what’s up there on the wall.  That would be the spherical Rougier lamp as a sconce.  Absolutely fantastic.  The pair of table lamps, the hint of one is at the lower left corner of the above shot…they’re fab, too.

Rougier tube lamp from Dallas

Above:  A close up of the Rougier lamp on the wall.

Modern lamps from Dallas

And while we’re at it, look at those gorgeous lamps that bookend Cliff, seen here in his natural drunken stupor just before being told his mother died in a plane crash, a plane he should have been on.

Sciolari chandelier from Dallas

To the right of the sconce, hanging over the table and just north of Cliff’s head, is what appears to be a Cubic chandelier by Gaetano Sciolari.  These were made in various size configurations and with brass and chrome finishes.  The diffusers are made of molded acrylic!

Sciolari Cubic chandelierSciolari Cubic chandelier

Above:  Sciolari lamps.  Image source:  1stdibs.

Thanks to David for some background Dallas information, for eyeing the cool items in the show and for having the series on DVD. 

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Trampoline bowl | Giovanni Pellone | Benza, Italy | 2002

Giovanni Pellone Trampoline bowl Giovanni Pellone
Benza, Italy, 2002

Giovanni Pellone was born in Italy and grew up in Rome. In 1985 he moved to the United States, where he earned degrees from Parsons School of Design (interior design) and Pratt Institute (industrial design). In 1993 Giovanni established his independent design practice in New York City, completing projects in product design, package design and graphic design. In 1996 Giovanni co-founded Benza. From 1996 to 2005 Benza offered a prominent outlet and a worldwide showcase for experimental American design and designers.

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benza logo

Giovanni Pellone’s work has been featured in design exhibitions and has appeared in leading design publications worldwide. He has received design awards and often lectures on design.  His projects for Benza are extensive and include:

Big Cheese
Soft Clock
Grand Central

The trampoline bowl was designed and first manufactured for Benza in 2002.  The centerpiece is 12” by 12” by 2 1/2” in height and is made of a chrome plated steel frame encircled by twelve black industrial rubber bands. The oversized bands are stretched over the frame and can be rearranged in a virtually infinite number of layouts. Included are instructions to make the four patterns shown.

Trampoline bowl 

The Trampoline bowl.  Image source:  Benza.

Trampoline bowlClose up of the leg of the Trampoline bowl.

Trampoline bowl Trampoline bowlTrampoline bowl Like a good fruit bowl should, the rubber bands can be arranged in such a way that fruit can be properly exposed to the air.  Above images source:   eBay.


Retrieved May 9, 2011 from Benza web site: http://www.benzadesign.com/products_tramp.html

Retrieved May 9, 2011 from Giovanni Pellone web site: http://www.giovannipellone.com/

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Grande and "Venti" custom cold cup tumblers | Starbucks, United States of America | 2011

Last posted about July 14, 2010 and November 27, 2010. The to-go cold cups are back, with the new logo and a design change that allows for the separation of the inner and outer cups.

As of this post, Grande cups can be had on the Starbucks website, Grande ($12.95) and "Venti" (put in quotes because it is apparently 24 oz) ($14.95) cups are both at the Starbucks down the street.

Grande custom cold cup tumbler

Above: The Grande Custom cold cup tumbler. SKU#347898.

From the Starbucks Store website:

Grande Custom Cold Cup Tumbler by Starbucks Coffee

There’s a new and improved version of your favorite Starbucks tumbler. With the new Starbucks Cold Cup, you can twist and remove the outer cup. Mark your name and favorite drink on the inside liner (use a dry erase pen), reassemble and enjoy! It’s the perfect customizable gift for a friend. Plus, You won’t ever lose your Starbucks Cold Cup again.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Rougier tube lamp | Unknown Designer | Rougier, Canada | ca. 1970 | UPDATE

An update to my post from February 4, 2009. From Season 10 episode 16 of Stargate SG-1 “Bad Guys.” The episode originally aired in the U.S. on 5/18/2007. The team becomes trapped in a museum on another planet and must pose as a militant group and take hostages in order to buy time for an escape plan to work.

Rougier tube lamp from Stargate SG-1

In the words of Jörg and Bernd at Ex Astris Scientia, “this must be the best selling lamp series of our galaxy!”  There are two sphrical Rougier tube lamps in the museum and one carried enough visual weight that it appeared in a promotional image for the episode.

Rougier tube lamp from Stargate SG-1

From GateWorld, a promotional image from the episode.

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