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Monday, December 30, 2013

Vintage modern plastic design: December 23-December 29, 2013

Here are the items shared the week of December 23, 2013.  Included this week were a lamp, a hair dryer, a buttonholer, and a sculptural wall mirror.

Monday, December 23: Yellow plastic triangular lamp. Measures 11” tall and 7” wide.

Yellow triangle lampYellow triangle lamp from top

Wednesday, December 25:  Orange Braun HLD 4 hair dryer.
Measures 5-1/2” by 4-1/2” by 3” in size.  Standard U.S. plug.

orange Braun HLD 4 hair dryerorange Braun HLD 4 hair dryer with cord 

Saturday, December 28:  Modern, space age Singer buttonholer.  Copyright date on the instruction and information pamphlet is 1960.  Measures approximately 11” by 4-1/2”.

Singer buttonholer contents Singer buttonholer

Sunday, December 29:  Finesse Originals zodiac mirror.  Terrific maximalist sculptural design.  It measures approximately 40” in diameter with a depth of approximately 6” or less and has an antiqued gold finish with an antiqued center mirror.

Finesse Originals zodiac mirror frontFinesse Originals zodiac mirror backFinesse Originals zodiac mirror fiberglass detail


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Monday, December 23, 2013

Vintage modern plastic design: December 16-December 22, 2013

Here are the items shared the week of December 16, 2013.  Included this week were a calendar desk set, a vase, and a lamp.

Tuesday, December 17:  Acrylic desk calendar and container.  There are removable rings for the day of the week, date, and month in four languages: Italian, English, French, and German. There is space for three pencils as well as an opening for envelopes or other correspondence.  Measures 3-1/4” height by 3-1/4” wide.  Check out other Danish and mid century items at Bitofbutter on Etsy.

4 language acrylic calendar and desk container

Thursday, December 19: Violet Pago Pago vase by Enzo Mari for Danese (1969).  This is the first original Pago Pago I’ve seen in a while.  eBay item 400627940968 sold on December 22, 2013 at 10:20:48 PST (France) for €205.50 ($280.94).  Five bidders placed 25 bids.

Viloet Pago Pago vase by Enzo Mari for Danese

Friday, December 20:  Mushroom lamp with a glossy black metal body shaped in a smooth bottleneck-tapering curve.  The lamp is topped with a bright white plastic mushroom shade and a black cylindrical finial.  The twin socket under the shade holds two standard light bulbs.  The lamp stands a total of 17” in height, and the plastic dome shade is 14” in diameter.  Manufacturer unknown.

Mushroom lamp


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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Scrapes ’n Scratches first-aid cabinet | David L. Romanoff | David L. Romanoff Designs, United States of America | 1975

Scrapes ’n Scratches first-aid cabinet designed by David L. Romanoff in 1975.  Heavy duty plastic construction with strong metal hinges.  The printing on the front reads “scrapes ’n scratches” in red, with the letters ‘p’ and ‘t’ joined.  The shelf dividers are removable for custom configuration.  There are two mounting holes on the back for hanging on a wall.

eBay item 221313836840 ended November 12, 2013 at 18:51:49 PST.  Sold for $61.00 plus $11.00 shipping.  There were 2 bidders who placed 5 bids.

Scrapes n scratches first aid box by David L. Romanoff

Scrapes ’n Scratches first-aid cabinet designed by David L. Romanoff in 1975.

Scrapes n scratches first aid box open

Scrapes ’n Scratches first-aid cabinet, open.

Scrapes n scratches first aid box back

Back side of the Scrapes ’n Scratches first-aid cabinet.

The imprint on the back reads:

Designed by
David L Romanoff
Romanoff Design Inc
Design Patent
No242406
Made in USA

Scrapes n scratches first aid box imprint

Below are the two pages of United States Design Patent number D242,406 for the “First-Aid Cabinet,” filed September 22, 1975 and patented November 23, 1976.

United Stastes Design Patent number 242406 page 1

United Stastes Design Patent number 242406 page 2


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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Bambu vase | Enzo Mari | Danese, Italy | 1969

Here is a large diameter, short height version of the Bambu vase by Enzo Mari for Danese. It is a shorter version of this Bambu vase.  The vase was issued in numerous shapes and styles, some of which are illustrated here

eBay item 251378518637 ended November 19, 2013 at 11:10:42 PST (Italy).  There were 2 bidders who placed 2 bids.  The vase brought $610.00.

Enzo Mari for Danese Bambu vase front  Enzo Mari for Danese Bambu vase front  Enzo Mari for Danese Bambu vase bottomEnzo Mari for Danese Bambu vase bottom signature


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Vintage modern plastic design: December 9-December 15, 2013

Here are the items shared the week of December 9, 2013.  Included this week were a flip calendar, a booster seat, a paper towel holder, a kitchen timer, and a tape dispenser.

Monday, December 9:  Black plastic flip calendar.  Measures approximately 4-1/8” height by 3” at its widest by 2-3/4” depth.  The calendar has a slight taper upward.  Marked:

PARK SHERMAN DIV.
KITCHAM & McDOUGALL, INC.
ROSELAND, N.J., U.S.A.

MADE IN HONG KONG
US. AND FOREIGN PATENTS PENDING

Flip calendar front Flip calendar imprint

Wednesday, December 11:  Cosco child booster seat. This booster seat can be inverted to give two different heights.

Cosco booster seat front Cosco booster seat obliqueCosco booster seat imprint 

Friday, December 13:  Yellow Guzzini paper towel holder.  Measures 11” height with a 5” diameter base.  Will hold 9” rolls. Last month, this similar Guzzini paper towel rack was posted.

Yellow Guzzini paper towel holderYellow Guzzini paper towel holder imprint 

Saturday, December 14:  Orange red kitchen timer by Sergio Carpani for Italora.  Measures 2-1/4” height by 2” diameter at the base.

Sergio Carpani for Italora Kitchen Timer

Sergio Carpani for Italora Kitchen Timer underside 

Sunday, December 15:  Green tape dispenser.  Measures 8” long by 4” height and weighs 2 pounds.

heavy green tape dispenser


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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Breger Gustavsberg pitcher | Carl-Arne Breger | Gustavsberg, Sweden | 1957

Carl-Arne Breger Carl-Arne Breger
Gustavsberg, Sweden
1957

Carl-Arne Breger was a Swedish industrial designer known for his work in plastics.  He was born in Trelleborg in 1923 and raised there.  Between 1943 and 1948, he studied at Konstfack in Stockholm.  In 1953, Breger began employment under Stig Lindberg at the Gustavsberg Porcelain Factory.

Gustavsberg logo 
Gustavsberg logo.

Carl-Arne Breger’s most famous plastic product is probably this organic, sculptural water jug ​​made from polystyrene.  After 18 months of development, the pitcher was presented in February, 1959 in three colors: black, red and off-white.  It was in production for only a year since dangerous gasses were released as a result of gluing.  Between 1957 and 1959, Breger was design director for Bernadotte & Bjørn Industrial AB (the design office of Sigvard Bernadotte and Acton Bjørn in Stockholm) and in 1959 he started his own office, Breger Design in Malmö.  Breger was fantastically prolific, having designed thousands of objects over the course of his career.  Breger died in 2009.

The Breger pitcher for Gustavsberg measures 7” wide by 5” deep by 13-1/2” height and is signed with a manufacturer’s mark to underside (the Gustavsberg anchor logo) and also “MADE IN SWEDEN”.  There is also a paper label affixed to the bottom of the pitcher, giving the working temperature range, cautioning against the use of various cleaning solvents, and warning that the pitcher may take on strong smells of the contents.

Carl-Arne Breger pitcher sticker

The label reads:

Slagtålig STYRENPLAST

Materialet tål +70° och –40°C, svaga syror, svaga alkalier, fruktsaft, alkohol, Tål ej tri, tetra, aceton, bensol, bensin, mineralterpentin, aromatiska oljor t ex skaloljor av citrusfrukter, kryddnejlika.  Luktfritt, men tar lukt av starkt luktande ämnen.

Off-white

Carl-Arne Breger Gustavsberg pitcher white top

Carl-Arne Breger Gustavsberg pitcher white bottom

Red

Carl-Arne Breger Gustavsberg pitcher red

Lot 182 in the Wright “Mass Modern” auction on June 27, 2009.  Sold for $94 against a pre-sale estimate of $150-200.

Black

Carl-Arne Breger Gustavsberg pitcher black oblique

Carl-Arne Breger pitcher black back Carl-Arne Breger pitcher black sideCarl-Arne Breger pitcher black imprint and sticker

Reference

Wikner, H. (1999, April 1). Skapade hela folkets tv-kanna. Sydsvenskan. Retrieved from http://www.sydsvenskan.se/familj/dodsfall/skapade-hela-folkets-tv-kanna/


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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Vintage modern plastic design: December 2-December 8, 2013

Here are the items shared the week of December 2, 2013.  Included this week were napkin rings, a chair, a plant stand, a pillow, and a snack tray.

Monday, December 2:  Transparent acrylic apple napkin rings, which stand upright when a napkin is inside them.  The bottoms are marked “Bijan © 80 TAIWAN”.

Bijan apple napkin rings

Bijan acrylic napkin rings bottom

Wednesday, December 4:  Child’s chair by Marco Zanuso in red.  Note:  Unsigned (pre-Kartell).  Measures 19-3/4” height.  This chair is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (New York).

K4999 chair

Thursday, December 5:  White Rubbermaid (#2697) adjustable plant stand.  Measures 29” height and each of the four adjustable arms is 11” long.

Rubbermaid 2697 plant stand

Rubbermaid 2697 plant stand disassembled

Saturday, December 7:  12” square bullseye pillow.   The target is in yellow, red, and orange.  Marked “MASS ART 1968”

Inflatable bullseye pillow

Inflatable pillow mark

Sunday, December 8:   Orange snack tray divided into four sections.  Measures 17” across.  Marked “Lady Arnold CAT.#331”.

orange Lady Arnold snack tray

orange Lady Arnold snack tray imprint


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