Monday, August 29, 2011

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

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

Lumitime CC-24 clock with box

Lumitime CC-24 clock with box.

An update to my post of March 23, 2009, specifically the CC-24 Lumitime clock. I haven’t come across this model before.  It runs on 60Hz electricity and has a 24 hour display.

Lumitime CC-24 LabelLumitime CC-24 Label

Label on bottom of Lumitime CC-24 clock.  “Tamura Electric Corp. (U.S.A.) - Model No. CC-24 - NO L 8 E - 120 Volts 60 Hz 6 Watts - Made in Japan - UL Listed Clock 186J”

Lumitime CC-24 SideLumitime CC-24 BackLumitime CC-24 FrontLumitime CC-24 FrontLumitime CC-24 Front

Additional views of the Lumitime CC-24 clock; side, back, and front.

Lumitime CC-24 box.

The clock was in generally good condition, described as “looks hardly used, if even at all.  A couple of very light scuffs on front.  There is one knob/cover missing from the front - the HOUR knob on the far left (visible in photos).” The clock sold on 8/29/2011 from Florida.  There were 2 bidders and 3 bids with a final price of $66.  Shipping added $12.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Christy sugar bowl | Christopher Dresser | Alessi, Italy | 1993

after: Model No. 247 Christopher Dresser Elkington & Co., United Kingdom ca. 1885

Christopher Dresser Christy bowl Christopher Dresser
Elkington & Co.
United Kingdom, ca. 1885

Four Christy bowls sold recently from eBay, all from dedalo1972 who runs frequent auctions for vintage and modern plastic.  An aggregate screenshot of the results is presented below.

Color Bidders Bids Sale Price
Yellow 3 3 $17.50
Green 1 1 $14.95
Violet 1 3 $14.95
Gray 3 3 $23.49

When introduced by Alessi in 1993, the Christy bowl was available in four colors:  anthracite gray, violet, yellow, and green.  The violet (purple) was discontinued by Alessi in the mid 1990s and replaced with a light blue color.

Alessi Christy bowl auction resultsAbove:  eBay completed item screenshot for four Christy bowls.  The auctions ended 8/14/2011.

Alessi imprint on yellow Christy bowl

Alessi imprint on yellow Christy bowl.

Alessi imprint on green Christy bowl

Alessi imprint on green Christy bowl.

Alessi imprint on violet Christy bowl

Alessi imprint on violet Christy bowl.

Alessi imprint on gray Christy bowl

Alessi imprint on gray Christy bowl.

Alessi imprint on light blue Christy bowl

Alessi imprint on light blue Christy bowl.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Acrilica table lamp (model 281) | Joe Colombo | Oluce, Italy | 1962

Joe Cesare Colombo was a versatile Italian painter, sculptor, architect, and industrial designer. He studied painting and sculpture in Milan at the Accademia di Belle Arte di Brera until 1949 before transferring to Milan Polytechnic to study architecture, which he did until 1954.

Joe Colombo

Up to 1958 Joe Colombo worked solely as an abstract expressionist painter and sculptor. From 1959, after his father’s death, Joe Colombo took over the family electrical appliance business, notably introducing new methods of production and materials. In 1962 Joe Colombo opened an interior decoration and industrial design practice of his own in Milan.

The Colombo brothers (subsequently only Joe pursued the design of objects, while Gianni devoted himself to the fine arts) were seeking a receptive environment for their creativity: Oluce.  In 1962 Joe Colombo collaborated with his brother Gianni on developing Acrilica. Acrilica was inspired by the lighting associated with a hotel project in Sardinia where a counter-ceiling was used to realize a particular mode of indirect lighting. 

oluce logo

Oluce was established in 1945 by Giuseppe Ostuni, making Oluce the oldest Italian lighting design company that is still active today. Prior to World War II, there existed only Gino Sarfatti’s Arteluce, which closed its doors in the late 90s.  In 1948, both Azucena and Lamperti were founded, followed by Arredoluce and Stilnovo in 1950. For many years it was chiefly Arteluce, Azucena and Oluce that dominated the Italian scene, creating a hub for the designers, strongly engaged first in the reconstruction and later in the birth of series production, who animated the Milanese forum: Vittoriano Viganò and BBPR, Gigi Caccia Dominioni and Ignazio Gardella, Marco Zanuso and Joe Colombo.

History of the Oluce company introduced by Antonio Verderi.   

The Acrilica table lamp was awarded the Medaglia d’Oro (gold medal) at the XIII Triennale, where Joe Colombo also won two silver medals for the Combi-Center and the Mini-Kitchen, shown below.  Acrilica established Joe Colombo as one of the great designers of the day.  He is well represented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and other museums worldwide.


Combi-center (Bernini, 1963).  Image source.

Mini-kitchen (Reissued by Boffi).  Image source.

Joe Colombo won the Compasso d’Oro (the first for Oluce) in 1967 for the Spider group and in 1970 for the Candyzionatore air conditioner.  Spider is a single lighting fixture designed to be a horizontal spot light.  In a variety of geometries the lamp is suitable to be employed in different situations (home or office) and on different supports (table, floor, wall, or ceiling), its geometric versatility resulted in the novel concept of a “family” of lamps.

Spider table lamp

Spider table lamp (Oluce, 1965).  Image source.
Candyzionatore air conditioner

Candyzionatore air conditioner (Candy
Elettrodomestici srl, 1969). Image source.

Joe Colombo won the International design award for the Coupé lamp and the Spring lamp.

Coupé table lamp

Coupé table lamp (model 3321) (Oluce, 1967).  Image sourceMoMA.
Spring table lamp

Spring table lamp (Oluce, 1967).  Image sourceMoMA.

Joe Colombo was well represented at the exhibition “Italy: the New Domestic Landscape” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, including:

4801 armchair (plywood)  
4860 stacking chair (ABS)  
Poker card table (wood, stainless steel)  
Square Plastic System storage cubes (ABS)  
Spider wall lamp (metal) 
Tube chair (PVC, polyurethane) 
Additional System chair (polyurethane) 
Multichair chair (polyurethane) 
Minikitchen (wood, stainless steel)

Acrilica was first included in the 1962 Oluce catalog.  The lamp realizes indirect lighting through internal reflection of light through a curved piece of transparent PMMA (acrylic).  Through this curve, light appears to climb.

Acrilica lamp, variety not put into productionAcrilica lamp, variety not put into production

A different version of the Acrilica lamp, not put into production.  Image source:  designboom.

The innovative Acrilica lamp consists of an elongated foot with the source of light, to which a transparent, C-shaped sheet of acrylic resin, bent upward, is attached to conduct the light from the foot. In the Acrilica table lamp, Joe Colombo masterfully used both the thermoplastic and optical properties of acrylic resin to create a beautiful lamp that relies on a “light piping” effect similar to what could be expected in a fiber optic arrangement.

Acrilica lamp, white baseAcrilica lamp, black base

Acrilica lamp with a white base (above) and black base (below).  Image source:  Daily Icon.

The base of the lamp is in white or black metal and the entire lamp is 9 1/4 by 9 1/2 by 9” (23.5 by 24.1 by 22.9 cm) in size.  For an Oluce video showcasing the Acrilica lamp, click here.

Acrilica table lamp technical information

Technical data for the Acrilica table lamp.  Image source.


Retrieved July 24, 2011 from http://www.oluce.com/company/index.php?lang=us&menu=1&submenu=1

Retrieved July 24, 2011 from http://www.kettererkunst.com/bio/joe-colombo-1930.shtml

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Acrylic sculptures and lamps | Hivo G. Van Teal | Van Teal, Inc. | United States of America | 1976

There are many great looking examples of Van Teal’s work out there. Presented here are sculptures and a lamp that are representative of his work.  Prices of these acrylic objects vary, but anywhere between one hundred to a couple of hundred dollars is the retail norm.

Van Teal is a family owned company started by Hivo G. Van Teal in 1976.  Van Teal’s early work is rich in acrylic, especially in sculpture and lighting.  Above is a YouTube video introducing the Van Teal company and its history.

Van Teal, early acrylic workVan Teal, early acrylic work Two stills from the video, showing some of Van Teal’s early work.

Van Teal sculpture  Van Teal sculpture, signature
Image source:  eBay.  Price: $250.  A similar sculpture to the one at the far left of the second video still above. To give an idea of size, this sculpture is approximately 21” tall including the base and 10” wide at its widest.

Van Teal sculpture  Van Teal sculpture, signature
Image source:  eBay.  Price: $395.  A similar sculpture to the one at the center of the second video still above.

Van Teal sculptureVan Teal sculpture, signatureImage source:  eBay (price $455 or best offer).

Van Teal lampVan Teal lamp, signatureImage source:  eBay (price $250).

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Astrolite Products | Ritts Co., L.A. | Various designers | ca. 1970s

Astrolite label

Here are some examples of Astrolite Products acrylic lamps. The size was given as 30” tall by 10” wide by 7” deep (acrylic piece is 18” tall).  Fine craftsmanship coupled with a modern but not necessarily minimal design.  Image source:  http://www.artbyec.com/lucitelampbody.htm.

Astrolite Products lamp

Astyrolite Products lamp

Two views of the lamp.

Astrolite label

Astrolite Products sticker on lamp.

Below, from eBay.  Another Astrolite lamp, which features eight diamond shaped crystals rising up from an octagonal shaped base.  A chrome center post supports the light socket and shade.  The finial is a cylindrical shaped acrylic piece.  The socket is a three way switch.  The lamp retains the original sticker on back of the base.  Does not include shade.  Size:  10” square base with a height of 31” to the top of the finial.  Weighs 15 pounds. 

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