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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

2D Tree acrylic Christmas tree | 2009

As a condo dweller, I don’t really have the space to put up a big Christmas tree or to store it when the holiday season is over.  So I decided to put the joy I find in plastics, especially acrylics, into making a tree.  If you can’t find what you want, you’ve got to make it yourself.

I set out to put together a modern, minimal “tree” that would solidly stand upright and flat against a wall. It could then be easily stowed at the back of my closet for the 11 months of the year it needs to be out of sight.

Christmas tree sketch

Christmas tree sketch

I started by planning out the tree on paper with a couple of sketches.

Christmas tree scale drawing

Then I integrated my sketches into a more detailed, scaled drawing.  I standardized the dimensions of many of the limbs for ease of construction.  I chose acrylic bar stock in a commodity size: 6 foot long sections, 1 inch wide, and 1/4 inch thick.    This kept the cost down.  Acrylic bar is also easy to score and snap so cutting to size was easy.  The one tree I made took 7 of these bars, 42 linear feet of acrylic.

Christmas tree scale model

I had previously tweaked the design to minimize waste.  A few small pieces were all that remained and received plenty of attention once I started to practice drilling holes.  Next, I made an adjustable scale model out of cut paper. 

Acrylic Christmas tree assembly

With the paper model beside me, I cut the bar stock to size and assembled the tree, marking the drill sites with a Sharpie.  To keep the tree transparent, I chose polycarbonate screws.  I drilled the holes, installed the 24 screws, and after a couple of afternoons had the tree ready.  Once set up, shadows and reflections play across the wall, giving the tree the impression of some depth.  The tree could absolutely be wrapped in light or draped in garland, but I also like it the way it is.

Acrylic Christmas tree, finished

Acrylic Christmas tree, finished   Acrylic Christmas tree, finished

My finished acrylic tree!


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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Kartell Flagship Stores | Kartell, Italy | 2009

From 2009, here is a catalog showing the Kartell Flagship Stores.  Click here or the cover below to read the catalog.

Kartell Flagship Stores 2009

Exhibition spaces intended not only to display the eclectic range of Kartell products to the consumer public but also to convey the values of its trademark - design, innovation, its many facets, glamour, liveliness. The single brand Kartell sales points are recognisable spaces in the various urban fabrics where the underlying theme becomes the product itself in its identity.

The Kartell flagship Stores present a simple concept, one easy to reproduce but which at the same time has a sure visual Impact. They are, in fact, neutral containers with flowing and luminous internal pathways and large external show windows. They are spaces calculated to exalt the aesthetic nature of each product. the quality of the materials, the purity of the lines, the chromatic variety, the fascinating silhouettes, the plays of form, the surfaces where the objects displayed on large illuminated platforms become the true and sole protagonists of the space.

With more than 120 openings of single brand stores throughout the world, from international capitals to provincial cities, Kartell offers its clients a network of spaces within the different urban fabrics where the underlying theme becomes the product in its identity.

In 2009 the distribution network shows no sign of slowing down: an Important series of new openings is, in fact, planned for the year, and not only in Europe and North America but in the rapidly growing markets as well such as China, the Middle East and Central and South America. The very nature of the cities chosen for new openings with their cosmopolitan and dynamic life styles harmonises well with the multicultural vocation of the Kartell product no matter how deeply rooted it may be in Made in Italy.


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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Kartell catalog | Kartell, Italy | 2009

In keeping with the theme of the past few posts, here is the 2009 Kartell catalog, their 60th anniversary year.  Click here or the cover below to read the catalog.

Kartell 2009 Catalog

This year Kartell turns 60…

60 Years of design and technological innovation that we have put to work to make your life easier, more beautiful and more colourful.

60 years of inventiveness and creativity for which we enlisted the collaboration of the greatest international designers.

60 years of research on quality and functionality as we tried to understand the sensitivity and the diversity of each one of you so that our projects would always be useful and not just a mere exercise in form.

60 years during which you have watched us grow and we grew along with you, as we accompanied you through this marvellous life voyage, because we want you to be able to say every time your glance falls upon any of our objects:  “What a wonderful world!”


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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Alessi Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter new collections | Alessi, Italy | 2011

Twice a year, Alessi presents their new collections.  Here are their offerings for Spring/Summer 2011 (left) and and Fall/Winter 2011 (right).  Click S/S11 or F/W11 or the images below to read the new collections catalogs for 2011.

Alessi Spring/Summer 2011   Alessi Fall/Winter 2011


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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Alessi catalog | Alessi, Italy | 2009

The mission of Alessi:

I think that this will be the goal of design in the future (or at least, my goal for my future in the sphere of design): transforming the gadget function ascribed to objects by the consumer's society into a transitional opportunity, namely into an opportunity for consumers to improve their perception of the world.

This kind of activity is typically paradoxical in the original meaning alongside the rule, the norm, the standard, as a means of grasping the so-called reality of the world and of life to its full extent.

In the future most of our products will continue to be marked by a high degree of innovation and experimentation, as we believe this is the way to develop our ability to set trends, to promote our fame and to create a culture medium aimed at developing those projects we like to call Super & popular.

–Alberto Alessi

Click here or the cover below to read the catalog.

Alessi 2009 Catalog

Since time immemorial our family has been firmly established on Lake Orta. We originally come from Luzzogno, the oldest village in the Strona valley. The first Alessi we’ve traced was called Giovanni; in 1633 he married a certain Caterina Gozano in Luzzogno. That’s all we know about him, and we don’t know a great deal more about the eight generations separating him from us.

We nonetheless have no doubt that our forebears were among the many men from the Strona valley who, in the seventeen hundreds, went as far as Germany to learn the trade of pewter-makers. Some of their number stayed on to make their fortune; others returned home and opened the first craft workshops. Such were the beginnings of the making of metal household objects in Omegna (and its suburb Crusinallo), today one of the most dynamic centres in Europe for the production of such items.

The first metal household article manufacturer in the Cusio area was a man called Baldassarre Cane, who towards the mid-eighteen hundreds had the courage to leave Chesio (another small village in the Strona valley) for the lakeside and establish the first true workshop. Although the company no longer exists, by around 1900 it was a large employer. In the following years his example was followed by many dozens of craftsmen and small businessmen, who often learned their trade as workmen at Cane’s factory. During the course of one and a half centuries, pewter gave way to silver, aluminium and then stainless steel, which is still running its course. Yet during this period, the objects themselves have not changed, and our town remains dominated by this specialised industry. Along the shores of Lake San Giulio, amongst the Romanesque churches and the Baroque chapels, the household goods factories have become a true landmark, leaving their strong social and cultural imprint on the whole area. One of those early craftsmen/small businessmen was our grandfather, Giovanni Alessi.

That’s the way it was, our business venture was highly innovative right from the very start, always ready to experiment, to take a more poetical view of the world, though it was very much based on traditional production methods. In the space of a few decades, the Alessi company developed from a “Workshop with foundry specialising in working brass and nickel silver sheets” (according to the sign at our stand in the first trade fairs held in Milan in the 1920’s) into one of the “Factories of Italian design”.

Metal, and stainless steel in particular, still remains our mainstay,
but in recent years many new materials have begun to be introduced, offering our designers new expressive possibilities, and offering our customers some surprising new items and some wonderful little discoveries. The year 2006 will see the reclassification of all our products in three trademarks, “ALESSI”, “OFFICINA ALESSI” and “A di ALESSI”. These trademarks will not possess independent identities, but rather will reflect three different expressions of the same corporate identity and of the Engine of Design that is Alessi, i.e. an industry capable of offering the finest contemporary designs split by different price brackets and purchasing habits, without reaching any compromise, and of focussing, at least in part, on different sales targets.

The “ALESSI” trademark will continue to express the best industrial mass productions of our sector, both from the point of view of design and production quality. The “OFFICINA ALESSI” trademark will include our most sophisticated, expensive, experimental and innovative products, as well as our small-scale and limited productions. The “A di ALESSI” trademark will include our most democratic and accessible products, i.e. those of a decidedly lower price range.

This catalogue reveals the “ALESSI” range of products and illustrates the greatest number of our products, around 350 projects.

–Alberto Alessi

Reference

Retrieved November 20, 2011 from Alessi: http://www.alessi.com/en/company/briefly-alessi


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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Heller catalog | Heller, Italy | 2011

Heller:  good design at affordable prices.  Heller is responsible for the execution of plastic design, past and present. Click here or the image below to read the catalog.

Heller 2011 Catalog

Product descriptions

The Frank Gehry Furniture Collection
Right Twist Cube
Design: Frank Gehry
Model 1015
Twist cube appropriate for indoor/outdoor commercial, institutional and residential use.
Construction
One piece roto molded polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 43,5 cm – 17 1/8”
Width: 46 cm – 18 1/8”
Depth: 50 cm – 19 11/16”
Weight: 7,2 kg – 15.87 lbs
Colors
1015-28 Silver Grey

Left Twist Cube
Design: Frank Gehry
Model 1015
Twist cube appropriate for indoor/outdoor commercial, institutional and residential use.
Construction
One piece roto molded polymer.
Dimensions
Length: 43.5 cm – 17 1/8”
Width: 46 cm – 18 1/8”
Depth: 45,5 cm – 17 15’16”
Weight: 7,2 kg – 15.87 lbs
Colors
1016-28 Silver Grey
1016-01 Gehry Color Cube White
1016-02 Gehry Color Cube Yellow
1016-03 Gehry Color Cube Red
1016-04 Gehry Color Cube Magenta
1016-05 Gehry Color Cube Blue
1016-06 Gehry Color Cube Black
1016-07 Gehry Color Cube Green

Three Sided Cube
Design: Frank Gehry
Model 1017
Twist cube appropriate for indoor/outdoor commercial, institutional and residential use.
Construction
One piece roto molded polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 42,5 cm – 16 3/4”
Width: 58 cm – 22 13/16”
Depth: 57 cm – 22 7/16”
Weight: 6,4 kg – 14.11 lbs
Colors
1017-28 Silver Grey

Bench
Design: Frank Gehry
Model 1018
Bench appropriate for indoor/outdoor
commercial, institutional and residential use.
Construction
One piece roto molded polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 42,5 cm – 16 3/4”
Width: 127 cm – 50”
Depth: 50 cm – 19 11/16”
Weight: 13,6 kg – 29.98 lbs
Colors
1018-28 Silver Grey

Coffee Table / Sitting Unit
Design: Frank Gehry
Model 1019
Coffee Table / Sitting Unit appropriate for
indoor/outdoor commercial, institutional
and residential use.
Construction
One piece roto molded polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 40 cm – 15 3/4”
Width: 122 cm – 48 1/16”
Depth: 122 cm – 48 1/16”
Weight: 23,8 kg – 52.47 lbs
Colors
1019-28 Silver Grey

Easy Chair
Design: Frank Gehry
Model 1020
Easy chair appropriate for indoor/outdoor commercial, institutional and residential use.
Construction
One piece roto molded polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 68,5 cm – 26 15/16”
Seat Height: 39 cm – 15 3/8”
Width: 99 cm – 39”
Depth: 86 cm – 33 7/8”
Weight: 20,8 kg – 45.86 lbs
Colors
1020-28 Silver Grey

Sofa
Design: Frank Gehry
Model 1021
Sofa appropriate for indoor/outdoor
commercial, institutional and residential use.
Construction
One piece roto molded polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 76 cm – 29 15/16”
Seat Height: 44,5 cm – 17 1/2”
Width: 183 cm – 72 1/16”
Depth: 100 cm – 39 3/8”
Weight: 38,8 kg – 85.54 lbs
Colors
1021-28 Silver Grey

The Vignelli Chair
Design: Lella and Massimo Vignelli
Model 1014
Injection molded chair appropriate for
indoor/outdoor commercial, institutional
and residential use.
Construction
Injection molded nylon polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 90 cm – 35 7/16”
Seat Height: 44 cm – 17 5/16”
Width: 78 cm – 30 11/16”
Depth: 56,5 cm – 22 1/4”
Weight: 8,8 kg – 19.4 lbs
Colors
1014-06 Black
1014-17 Warm Grey
1014-34 Red/Orange

The Vignelli Collection
Design: Lella and Massimo Vignelli
Model 1030
Cube appropriate for indoor/outdoor
commercial, institutional and residential use.
Construction
One piece roto molded polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 46 cm – 18 1/8”
Width: 46 cm – 18 1/8”
Depth: 46 cm – 18 1/8”
Weight: 6,8 kg – 15 lbs
Colors
1030-01 White
1030-12 Dark Grey
1030-17 Light Grey

Vignelli Big Bench
Design: Lella and Massimo Vignelli
Model 1031
Bench appropriate for indoor/outdoor
commercial, institutional and residential use.
Construction
One piece roto molded polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 46 cm – 18 1/8”
Width: 182 cm – 71 5/8”
Depth: 46 cm – 18 1/8”
Weight: 18,14 kg – 40 lbs
Colors
1031-01 White
1031-12 Dark Grey
1031-17 Light Grey

Vignelli Low Table
Design: Lella and Massimo Vignelli
Model 1032
Low table appropriate for indoor/outdoor commercial, institutional and residential use.
Construction
One piece roto molded polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 46 cm – 18 1/8”
Width: 120 cm – 47 1/4”
Depth: 120 cm – 47 1/4”
Colors
1032-01 White
1032-12 Dark Grey
1032-17 Light Grey

Kiss
Design: Studio 65
Model 1013
Sofa appropriate for indoor/outdoor
institutional and residential use.
Construction
One piece roto molded polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 84 cm – 33 1/16”
Seat Height: 38 cm – 14 15/16”
Width: 85 cm – 33 7/16”
Depth: 76 cm – 29 15/16”
Weight: 21,6 kg – 47.62 lbs
Colors
1013-32 Red

Bocca
Design: Studio 65
Model 1011
Sofa appropriate for indoor/outdoor
institutional and residential use.
Construction
One piece roto molded polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 84 cm – 33 1/16”
Seat Height: 38 cm – 14 15/16”
Width: 210 cm – 82 11/16”
Depth: 76 cm – 29 15/16”
Weight: 30 kg – 66.14 lbs
Colors
1011-32 Red

Capitello
Design: Studio 65
Model 1012
Accent piece appropriate for indoor/outdoor commercial and residential use.
Construction
One piece roto molded polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 78 cm – 30 11/16”
Width: 120 cm – 47 1/4”
Depth: 114 cm – 44 7/8”
Weight: 27,6 kg – 60.85 lbs
Colors
1012-01 Marble White

Joe
Design: De Pas, d’Urbino, Lomazzi
Model 1007
Sofa appropriate for indoor/outdoor
commercial and residential use.
Construction
One piece roto molded polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 85 cm – 33 7/16”
Seat Height: 31 cm – 12 3/16”
Width: 158 cm – 63 3/16”
Depth: 100 cm – 39 3/8”
Weight: 30,2 kg – 66.58 lbs
Colors
1007-41 Marble
1007-42 Brown

The Bellini Chair
Design: Mario Bellini
Model 1000
Injection molded stacking chair appropriate for indoor/outdoor commercial, institutional and residential use.
Construction
One piece modified, fiberglass reinforced polypropylene.
Dimensions
Height: 84 cm – 33 1/16”
Seat Height: 46 cm – 18 1/8”
Width: 44 cm – 17 5/16”
Depth: 46 cm – 18 1/8”
Weight: 3,4 kg – 7.5 lbs
Colors
1000-01 White
1000-06 Black
1000-12 Dark Grey
1000-17 Light Grey
Pack: 6/carton per color

The UltraBellini Chair
Design: Mario Bellini
Model 1001
Injection molded stacking chair appropriate for indoor/outdoor commercial, institutional and residential use.
Construction
One piece nylon polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 84 cm – 33 1/16”
Seat Height: 46 cm – 18 1/8”
Width: 44 cm – 17 5/16”
Depth: 46 cm – 18 1/8”
Weight: 4,2 kg – 9.26 lbs
Colors
1001-01 White
1001-06 Black
1001-32 Red
1001-70 Blue Blue
Pack: 4/carton per color

Tavollini
Design: Mario Bellini
Model 1003
Stacking side stool appropriate for indoor/outdoor commercial, institutional and residential use.
Construction
One piece high gloss nylon.
Dimensions
Height: 46,5 cm – 18 5/16”
Diameter: 46 cm – 18 1/8”
Colors
1003-01 White
Pack: 6/carton per color

Arco
Design: Mario and Claudio Bellini
Model 1004
Stacking chair appropriate for indoor/outdoor commercial, institutional and residential use.
Construction
One piece transparent polycarbonate or nylon polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 85,1 cm – 33 1/2”
Seat Height: 45,7 cm – 18”
Width: 63,5 cm – 25”
Depth: 54,6 cm – 21 1/2”
Weight: 4,2 kg – 9.26 lbs (nylon)
Weight: 4,8 kg – 10.58 lbs (polycarbonate)
Colors
1004-01 White
1004-06 Black
1004-32 Red
1004-60 Transparent
Pack: 4/carton per color

MB 1
Design: Mario Bellini
Model 1008
Armchair appropriate for indoor/outdoor commercial and residential use.
Construction
One piece roto molded polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 65 cm – 25 9/16”
Seat Height: 38 cm – 14 15/16”
Width: 80 cm – 31 1/2”
Depth: 78 cm – 30 11/16”
Weight: 18,4 kg – 40.57 lbs
Colors
1008-12 Dark Grey
1008-01 White

MB 2
Design: Mario Bellini
Model 1010
Sofa appropriate for indoor/outdoor commercial and residential use.
Construction
One piece roto molded polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 65 cm – 25 9/16”
Seat Height: 38 cm – 14 15/16”
Width: 151 cm – 59 7/16”
Depth: 78 cm – 30 11/16”
Weight: 29,8 kg – 65.7 lbs
Colors
1010-12 Dark Grey
1010-01 White

MB 5
Design: Mario Bellini
Model 1009
Pouf/table appropriate for indoor/outdoor commercial and residential use.
Construction
One piece roto molded polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 36 cm – 14 3/16”
Width: 56 cm – 22 1/16”
Depth: 56 cm – 22 1/16”
Weight: 7,4 kg – 16.31 lbs
Colors
1009-12 Dark Grey
1009-01 White

Selene
Design: Vico Magistretti
Model 1006
Injection molded stacking chair appropriate for indoor/outdoor commercial, institutional and residential use.
Construction
One piece transparent polycarbonate or nylon polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 75 cm – 29 1/2”
Seat Height: 47 cm – 18 1/2”
Width: 47 cm – 18 1/2”
Depth: 50 cm – 19 11/16”
Weight: 3,8 kg – 8.38 lbs
Colors
1006-01 White
1006-06 Black
1006-32 Red
1006-60 Transparent
Pack: 4/carton per color

The New Gaudi
Design: Vico Magistretti
Model 1050
Injection molded stacking chair appropriate for indoor/outdoor commercial, institutional and residential use.
Construction
One piece injection molded polymer.
Dimensions
Height: 75 cm – 29 1/2”
Seat Height: 45,7 cm – 18”
Width: 59 cm – 23 ¼”
Depth: 57,5 cm – 23 1/4”
Colors
1050-01 White
1050-06 Black
1050-12 Dark Grey
1050-17 Light Grey
Pack: 4/carton per color


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Saturday, November 19, 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.

Wonderful DEDA vase, designed by Giotto Stoppino for Heller circa 1972. The vase is in wonderful structural condition but does show fading as it has turned the common light beige in color. This is very common in 1960s and 70s plastic as the UV filters fail and the bright white fades slightly. At any rate, the vase is free of breaks, melts or cracks.”

There were 6 bidders and 8 bids.  The winning bid was $58.00 with $8.00 for shipping.  This Deda was sold on 11/18/2011 from Kansas City, Missouri.

Deda auction end screenshot

eBay final bid screenshot for the Deda vase.

 

Views of the Deda vase that sold.  Image source:  eBay.


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Friday, November 11, 2011

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.  It has been a while since a red example of this wastebasket has appeared at auction. There were 4 bidders and 10 bids.  The winning bid was $77.98 (with unspecified shipping).

eBay auction end screenshot, In Attesa wastebasket

eBay final bid screenshot for the In Attesa wastebasket.

This In Attesa was sold on 11/10/2011 from Southern California.  Described by the seller: “In good used vintage condition, with minor wear (really just a few scuffs) from use evident but no chips, cracks, stains, holes, or major scratches.”  Images in gallery from eBay.


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Tuesday, November 8, 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.  This white Deda was thoroughly described and in very good condition.

Produced by Heller in Italy until 1974. The Deda vase is for long stemmed flowers. As it twists in helical form, its height increases from 8” to 14”. The spiral is 10” wide with plastic walls of thickness 1 3/4”. The complex shape of the vase was realized with the help of numerical control programs from technicians at Olivetti.  The vase is marked on bottom with “Heller Design Giotto Stoppino Made in Italy”.

There were 4 bidders and 5 bids.  The winning bid was $133.50 with $17.50 for shipping.  This Deda was sold on 11/8/2011 from Baltimore, Maryland.

   Deda auction end screenshot

eBay final bid screenshot for the Deda vase.

White Deda vaseWhite Deda vase imprint

Two views of the Deda vase that sold.  Image source:  eBay.


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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sinus ashtray (model 84030) | Walter Zeischegg | Helit, Germany | 1966

An update of my post from September 29, 2011, the Sinus ashtray by Walter Zeischegg for Helit.  Here is the ashtray in red and green but in an alternative style.

84030 Sinus ashtray, stacked84030 Sinus ashtray, stacked

84030 Sinus ashtray, stacked.  Image source: eBay.

The 84030 model is different from the 84005 and 84009 models in that the “waves” are shifted so the edge has three wide parts and three narrow parts instead of the edge being the same height all the way around.  The ashtray rests on these three wide parts.  The ashtrays were described as being 13.5 cm in diameter by 6.5 cm height.  All images from eBay.

Red

84030 Sinus ashtray, red84030 Sinus ashtray, red84030 Sinus ashtray, red84030 Sinus ashtray, red, imprint

Green

84030 Sinus ashtray, green84030 Sinus ashtray, green84030 Sinus ashtray, green, imprint


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