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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sinus ashtray | Walter Zeischegg | Helit, Germany | 1966

The Sinus ashtray is perhaps the most recognizable object designed by Walter Zeischegg.  It is made by Helit out of melamine in just about every color of the rainbow.  This ashtray has frequently been employed as a promotional or advertising item.  In production for a long time, the Sinus has come in different style boxes and with many different imprints stamped on the underside.  It is sometimes called the “wave-stacking ashtray.” The Sinus ashtray is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

There are two sizes of the ashtray.  The 84009, the larger of the two sizes, is approximately 8 inches in diameter.  The 84005, the smaller of the  two sizes, is approximately 5 inches in diameter.

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Sinus ashtrays, models 84005 and 84009.  Image source:  braadspitt.nl

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Sinus ashtray, model 84009.  Imprint “helit 84009 Made in Germany”  Image source:  eBay.

Sinus ashtray, 84009 imprint

Sinus ashtray, model 84009.  Imprint “helit 84009 made in w-germany design w. zeischegg ulm”  Image source:  eBay.

Helit Sinus ashtrayHelit Sinus ashtray imprintImage source:  Modcats.com (item sold).  Imprint “Helit 96 Made in Germany”

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Black Sinus ashtray, model 84005.  Upper left, ashtray.  Upper right, ashtray with box.  Middle and lower, box.   Image source:  hhstyle.com

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A different box style for the Sinus ashtray.  Image source:  eBay.

White and Red

Sinus ashtray, white and red

Image source:  eBay.

White and Black

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Above top and middle:  A white and black Sinus ashtray.  Bottom:  Stamped “Eagle made in U.S.A.”  Image source:  eBay.

Red

Helit Sinus ashtray

Image source:  hhstyle.com

Violet, Gray, and Black

Helit Sinus ashtray violet, gray, and blackHelit Sinus ashtray violet imprintHelit Sinus ashtray gray imprint  Helit Sinus ashtray black imprint

Image source:  eBay.

Violet (with advertising)

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Sinus ashtray employed as a promotional item.  Image source:  eBay.

Orange (with advertising)

Helit Sinus ashtray, orange

Sinus ashtray employed as a promotional item.  Image source:  eBay.

Yellow, Orange, and Black

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Image source:  eBay.


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Monday, September 19, 2011

4690 fioriera (flowerpot vase) | Giotto Stoppino | Kartell, Italy | 1972 | UPDATE

Stoppino 4690 vaseGiotto Stoppino
Kartell, Italy, 1972

An update to my post of February 24, 2009, the flowerpot vase by Giotto Stoppino.  One of these vases in orange was sold on eBay for $168.50 with $20.00 for shipping on September 11, 2011.

4690 flowerpot vase auction end screenshot

Above:  eBay completed item screenshot for the Giotto Stoppino 4690 vase in orange.

There were 3 bidders who placed 4 bids.  The seller indicated that this vase came from the Wright Auction House in Chicago, IL from their “Modern Design + Utopia:  Lost and Found” auction on April 1, 2008.  Condition was described as fantastic “with no chips, cracks or noticeable scratches/scuffs.”  Plenty of pictures were included in the listing.  This is an uncommonly encountered piece.

Giotto Stoppino 4690 vase in orange.

Pictures of the imprint on the bottom of the vase:

Kartell / made in Italy / Design GIOTTO STOPPINO

4690

and the insert that holds the blooms:

KARTELL  made in ITaly

are shown in the gallery below.


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Saturday, September 10, 2011

63527 magazine rack | Walter Zeischegg | Helit, Germany | 1973 | UPDATE

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63526 letter rack and 63527 magazine rack
Helit, Germany, 1973

An update to my post of February 27, 2010, the 63526 letter rack and 63527 magazine rack by Walter Zeischegg for Helit.  This 63527 magazine rack is for sale on eBay, in white and retains the original “helit” sticker. 

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Guida XX Edizione Premio Compasso d’Oro | Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI), publisher | 2004

Guida XX Edizione Premio Compasso d’Oro
Guide 20th Edition / 50th Anniversary
ADI “Compasso d’Oro” Award

Guida XX Edizione Premio Compasso d’Oro

This booklet and design guide is a sourcebook which contains information from the first 20 editions and 50 years (1954 – 2004) of the Compasso d'Oro ADI awards held at the Trienalle di Milano between September 16 and November 14, 2004.  The 21st edition was held in 2008.  Click here or the image above to read the booklet.


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