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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Jerger alarm clock with shelf | Germany

Here is a very interesting alarm clock by Jerger, Germany that incorporates a shelf into the design.  The face has a black background with white and red numerals and a chrome rim. The hour and minute hands are made of white metal with phosphorescent detail, while the second hand is made of silver metal. The clock is placed in a cream plastic casing extended to form a shelf with space for a single book. There are dials at the back of the clock to adjust the time and alarm. The original Jerger label is still present on the face of the clock.

eBay item 320930716668 ends July 1, 2012 at 12:00:37 PDT (United Kingdom).

Jerger alarm clock with shelf

Jerger alarm clock with shelf

Jerger alarm clock with shelf


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Monday, June 25, 2012

Cityscape sculpture | Unknown designer | Finesse Originals, United States of America | 1970s (?)

Here is a Finesse Originals Sculpture of people walking in a modern, stylized cityscape.  This sculpture is 53” by 30”.

eBay item 290734119923 ends July 1, 2012 at 20:45:04 PDT (United States).  Note:  pickup only. 

Finesse Originals sculpture

Finesse Originals sculpture

Finesse Originals sculpture

Top:  Cityscape sculpture.  Middle:  Detail of the sculpture.  Bottom:  Signature on sculpture.


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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Boalum lamp | Gianfranco Frattini and Livio Castiglioni | Artemide, Italy | 1970

Boalum lamp

In my estimation, the Boalum lamp is one of the most ingenious in the entire pantheon of lighting design.  The flexibility of the lamp engages the user by allowing the manipulation of its form.  The name Boalum stems from the serpentine (think “boa” constrictor) form and il“lum”inating nature of the lamp.  The lamp was designed by Gianfranco Frattini and Livio Castiglioni for Artemide in 1970.

Gianfranco Frattini






Gianfranco Frattini.  Image source:  Cassina.

Gianfranco Frattini was born in Padua in 1926 and graduated in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic in 1953, where he remained working until his death. His professional activity was concerned principally with interiors and industrial design. He was an assiduous participant in shows and exhibitions and his design projects won many prizes. In 1956 Frattini was one of the founders of the Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI), Association of Industrial design.  His presence was habitually felt at congresses, conventions and furniture fairs worldwide.  Gianfranco Frattini died in Milan, Italy on April 6, 2004.

Livio Castiglioni







Livio Castiglioni.  Image source.

Livio Castiglioni, the eldest of three brothers, was born in Milan in 1911.  He studied architecture at Milan Polytechnic until 1936. In 1938 Livio and his brother Pier Giacomo opened a practice on the Piazza Castello in Milan. Since architects were receiving very few commissions at that time, the Castiglioni brothers concentrated primarily on designing objects for daily use, furniture, and appliances.

In 1939 they designed “Phonola,” the first radio encased in Bakelite instead of wood. After finishing his studies, the youngest of the three, Achille Castiglioni, joined his brothers in the practice in 1944. Livio Castiglioni went on his own starting in 1952. Between 1940 and 1960 Livio Castiglioni was a design consultant for Phonola and, from 1960 until 1964, for Brionvega. All three brothers were active in the Italian design scene. In 1956 they were co-founders of the Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI).  In 1959-60, Livio Castiglioni was president of the ADI. Livio Castiglioni died in 1979.

For brief biographies of Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, click here.


Boalum US Patent

The first page of the United States “Electric lighting apparatus particularly for decorative uses” patent, number 3,633,023. The lamp is described as a lighting apparatus consisting of a tube of transparent translucent or similar material housing a plurality of series connected lamps which are spaced apart and supported by a number of spherical members. The rest of the patent can be found here.

Boalum US Patent

The second page of the patent, showing detail of the lighting mechanism.


Artemide Boalum Poster  Artemide Boalum Poster Back

Artemide promotional poster for the Boalum lamp.  Front (left) and Back (right). 

Artemide Boalum Poster front top

The poster reads

Usi del Boalum: luce con tante luci.  Si prenda il cordone luminoso e si scelga il posto adatto alla sua collocazione:  in terra, appeso alla parete o calante dall’alto con nodi e sinuosi ritorni.  Adatto all’ingresso o al soggiorno, puo essere indossato in casi eccezionali soprattutto di sera, da donna giovane possibilmente bionda e un po sexy.

Using the Boalum: light with many lights. Take the tube of light and choose the place for its location: on the ground, hanging on the wall or falling from the top with knots and winding return. Suitable for entry or residence, can be worn in exceptional cases especially at night, women young blonde and possibly a little sexy.

Boalum is a flexible table, floor, or wall luminaire for diffused incandescent lighting. It has a tubular body approximately 2” (6cm) in diameter in opal white reinforced flexible plastic material (typically indicated to be PVC, polyvinyl chloride). The lamp can be extended to a maximum length of 200 cm (79”).  End caps are made of molded white thermoplastic, suitable for junction and connection of multiple Boalum lamps together to obtain a longer tubular composition. Incandescent source: 25 × 6V 5W bulbs (20,000 hour rating) connected in series and spaced by insulating plastic spheres.

Boalum schematic

Schematic of the Boalum lamp.

Boalum lamp

Boalum lamp

Boalum lamp

Some views of the Boalum lamp.  Image source:  eBay.

Boalum imprint

Imprint on the end cap of the Boalum lamp (Modern Classic edition).

References

Gianfranco Frattini.  Retrieved June 21, 2012 from http://www.cassina.com/portal/page/portal/new/webpages/cassina/designer/detail?p=id:75471&lang=en

Livio Castiglioni.  Retrieved June 21, 2012 from http://www.livio-castiglioni.com/


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Thursday, June 21, 2012

accordion tie rack

Here is an unmarked accordion style folding tie rack.  Measures: 2-3/4” length when closed, but extends up to 7-1/2” length by 4-3/8” height by 3-1/2” width.

eBay item 261046172599 ends June 22, 2012 at 08:36:26 PDT (United States).

accordion tie rack

accordion tie rack

accordion tie rack


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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

red plastic binoculars

Here are red, Italian made plastic binoculars.  They measure about 14cm long and 16cm across.

eBay item 310408196564 ends June 23, 2012 at 21:26:55 PDT (Australia).

plastic binoculars

plastic binoculars

plastic binoculars


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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Krups battery operated wall clock

Here is a Krups “electronic” wall clock.  The face is made of green plastic with white split circles serving as 12, 3, 6, and 9.  The line that divides these circles is repeated to designate the other numbers on the clock face but in positive instead of negative. There is a circular transparent plastic covering over the face.

The minute and hour hands are both made of silver metal.  A large decorative silver metallic screw sits on top of the face; it allows to set the time easily. The casing is made of white plastic and the mechanism is placed at the back. There is a large metallic hook on top of the casing so that the clock can be fixed to a wall. The original Krups label is present on the face and on an original sticker at the back beside the mechanism. The diameter of the clock is 18cm (7”) and it is 5cm (2”) in depth.

eBay item 320925309623 ends Jun 24, 2012 at 12:30:30 PDT (United Kingdom).

green Krups wall clock     green Krups wall clock

green Krups wall clock


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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Dome Master ice bucket | Nicholas Angelakos | Lancaster Colony Corporation, United States of America | 1969

First shared on January 12, 2012 in light blue, then again on February 19, 2012 in orange with a yellow dome and white with a white dome.  Here is an identical Nicholas Angelakos Dome Master ice bucket in green with a dark blue dome.

eBay item 251077202842 ends June 10, 2012 at 10:21:56 PDT (United States).

Nicholas Angelakos ice bucket, green and blue

Nicholas Angelakos ice bucket, green and blue

Nicholas Angelakos ice bucket, green and blue imprint


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Friday, June 1, 2012

maroon Blessing alarm clock with tulip base | Blessing, West Germany

Here is another Blessing, West Germany alarm clock.  The face is made of white plastic with dark fuchsia circular graphics standing as numbers. There are also phosphorescent dots placed on each hour on the dial. The minute and hour hands are both made of metal lacquered dark fuchsia with phosphorescent tips. The second hand is made of silver metal.

The clock is encased in a spherical dark fuchsia plastic case with a white plastic snooze button placed on the top. There are dials and levers at the back of the clock to adjust time and alarm. The clock face is protected by a transparent screen. The clock is mounted on a large white plastic tulip foot.  The clock is 8.3” tall and 4.7” in diameter.  The diameter of the tulip base is 4.7”.

eBay item 320916799036 ends June 10, 2012 at 12:35:12 PDT (United Kingdom).

Blessing, West Germany alarm clock, maroon     Blessing, West Germany alarm clock, maroon

Blessing, West Germany alarm clock, maroon     Blessing, West Germany alarm clock, maroon

Blessing, West Germany alarm clock, maroon


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yellow Blessing alarm clock | Blessing, West Germany

Here is a wind-up alarm clock by Blessing, West Germany.  Features an egg shape mostly in yellow with a small black top.  The face is protected by transparent plastic.  The clock is 4-3/4” tall.

eBay item 120924133404, buy it now or best offer (United States).

Blessing, West Germany alarm clock, yellow

Blessing, West Germany alarm clock, yellow

Blessing, West Germany alarm clock, yellow

Blessing, West Germany alarm clock, yellow

Blessing, West Germany alarm clock, yellow


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