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Sunday, February 24, 2013

February 18–24, 2013: Shared vintage modern plastic design

Here are the items that were shared the week of February 18, 2013.  Included were a lamp, a kitchen utensil, a table clock, a desk item, a watering can, a wastebasket, and a pitcher.

Monday, February 18, 2013: Hamilton Industries portable telescoping lamp, Model 6137 (HC-61).

Hamilton Industries portable telescoping lamp, Model 6137 (HC-61)     Hamilton Industries portable telescoping lamp, Model 6137 (HC-61)

Hamilton Industries portable telescoping lamp, Model 6137 (HC-61)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013: Yellow Flex-O-Ware SERV • A • SALAD salad serving tongs.  Used separately to toss salad, used assembled to serve salad.  Measures approximately 9-3/4” long by 2-1/2” at widest.

Flex-O-Ware SERV • A • SALAD salad serving tongs, yellow

Wednesday, February 20, 2013: White Elgin tulip alarm clock with sweep second hand.  The dial is marked Elgin, and the back of the clock is marked No. 51129 Japan.  Product of Bradley Time, a division of Elgin National Ind., Inc.  Measures approximately 7” in height and 4-3/4” at the widest.

Elgin tulip alarm clock

Elgin tulip alarm clock, back

Thursday, February 21, 2013:  Astrolite by Ritts Co. pen and letter holder desk item.  Measures 5” long and 3” height.  Click for information about Astrolite by Ritts Co. and other Astrolite objects.

Astrolite by Ritts Co. pen and letter holder desk item

Astrolite by Ritts Co. pen and letter holder desk item

Friday, February 22, 2013: Ingrid blue plastic watering can.

Ingrid blue plastic watering can

Ingrid blue plastic watering can bottom

Saturday, February 23, 2013: Wastebasket by Gino Colombini for Kartell.  In orange on the white wastebasket is written “Great Creative Ideas”.  Made In the United States by Beylerian, Ltd.  Dimensions approximately 15” tall by 10” diameter.  This is probably a specially made, small production run piece.

Kartell Gino Colombini wastebasket, special edition: Great Creative Ideas

Kartell Gino Colombini wastebasket, imprint

Sunday, February 24, 2013: Rosti Formula pitcher and mixing spoon, transparent.

Rosti Formula pitcher and mixing spoon     Rosti Formula pitcher and mixing spoon

Rosti Formula pitcher and mixing spoon


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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Lumitime clock model CC-51 | Various designers | Tamura Electric Corp., Japan | ca. 1970

An update to my post about Lumitime clocks from March 23, 2009. Click for other posts about Lumitime clocks.  This clock is model CC-51.  On the front of the clock, there are hour and minute alarm set knobs, an alarm on/off knob, and a time set knob.

eBay item 221190565279 ends February 24, 2013 at 18:01:35 PST (United States).

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Lumitime CC-51 clock box.

Lumitime CC-51 box and contentsLumitime CC-51 box and contentsLumitime CC-51 box and contents

Lumitime CC-51 box and contents.

Lumitime CC-51 Operating Instructions and Owner’s Registration Card

Lumitime CC-51 Operating Instructions and Owner’s Registration Card.

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The Lumitime CC-51 clock, front, back, and sticker underside.


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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Krups Electronic battery operated wall clock | ca. 1973

Here is a Krups Electronic wall clock in blue.  These clocks have a great retro feel but would easily be at home amongst contemporary décor.  It is a timeless elegance considering they are now forty years old.  Consider them an easy way to get a pop of color into a room.  This blue clock is identical to the green and red Krups battery operated wall clocks I have previously posted about.

blue Krups Electronic wall clock

The face of the clock is graced with a modern, bold- colored graphic set against metallic hands.  Split white stylized circles serve as the 12, 3, 6, and 9. The line that divides the circle is repeated to designate the other positions on the clock face but in positive instead of negative.  I hadn’t noticed it before but the circles look like scored pills! The face of the clock is protected by a transparent plastic covering.  The clock is stamped ‘12 73’ on the back, dating it to December, 1973.  

eBay item 330874259098 ends February 22, 2013 at 10:33:40 PST (Portugal).

blue Krups Electronic wall clock

blue Krups Electronic wall clock

The sticker on the reverse side at the left is a suggestion, make that an advertisement, for the battery you should use in the clock.  It is written in three languages, German, English, and French. “When changing the battery use VARTA SUPER DRY”.  Image source:  eBay (different from above).

sticker on back of Krups Electronic wall clock


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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Wall-All III wall organizer | Dorothee Maurer-Becker | Format Sales, Inc. | New York, United States of America | 1970

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Format Sales, Inc., New York, United States of America, 1970

This is the third of three posts about the wall organizers designed by Dorothee Maurer-Becker in the late 1960s and early 1970s. These are the UTEN.SILO I and the UTEN.SILO II, both by Design M in Munich, West Germany, and the Wall-All III (this post), by Format Sales in the United States. Click for a brief biography of Dorothee Maurer-Becker.

Each of the organizers has its own unique variety of containers, holders, hooks, and clips that can be used to efficiently organize a kitchen, workshop, bathroom, office, or other room. The UTEN.SILO, or “Wall-All” as they were often called in the United States, is essentially a junk drawer you hang on your wall.  It is attached to the wall through holes at each of the four corners of the piece.

Wall-all trademark

Wall-All trademark registration, from 1975. For “wall racks for holding household articles or similar small articles,” first use was on or about July 3, 1970 and first use in commerce was on or about July 3, 1970.

Wall-All III by Dorothee Maurer-Becker for Format Sales, Inc.

The Wall-All III.

The original UTEN.SILO I (34-1/4” height by 26-1/2” width by 2-1/2” depth) dates from 1969 and is featured on the cover of the seminal l'Utopie du tout Plastique 1960-1973. A smaller version, UTEN.SILO II (26-3/4” height by 20-1/2” width by 2-1/2” depth) dates from 1970.  The smallest of the three is the Wall-All III (16-5/8” by 13-3/4” by 2-7/8”).

Wall-All III patent:  United States “Wall rack” design patent, number 228,854

The first page of the United States “Wall rack” design patent, number 228,854, filed December 8, 1971 and granted October 30, 1973.  Click  the link or the image above to read the rest of the patent.

Wall-All III by Dorothee Maurer-Becker for Format Sales, Inc., imprint

Wall-All III by Dorothee Maurer-Becker for Format Sales, Inc., imprint

Wall-All III by Dorothee Maurer-Becker for Format Sales, Inc., imprint

The Wall-All III really is named Wall-All, that is how it is signed on the back of the piece. The imprint, all on one line, reads:

WALL-ALL III DESIGN:DOROTHEE MAURER-BECKER FORMAT SALES INC.,NEWYORK,N.Y. MADE IN U.S.A. PATENT PENDING

The spacing above is as is found on the imprinted signature. The two commas are actually backwards.

Wall-All III by Dorothee Maurer-Becker for Format Sales, Inc., reverse sideWall-All III by Dorothee Maurer-Becker for Format Sales, Inc., reverse side, imprint location

Above:  Reverse side of the Wall-All III. Below:  The location of the imprint on the Wall-All III.

The first UTEN.SILO units went on the market in December, 1969 and over the following years were an overwhelming success, particularly in Europe and on the US market.  The oil crisis intervened and placed pressures on the plastics industry. Consumers interested in design began to direct their attention to wood and other natural materials.  Production of UTEN.SILO I was halted in 1974 and UTEN.SILO II, a smaller version manufactured as of 1970, was discontinued a few years later.

Dorothee Maurer-Becker Wall-All III, 3 plastic pegs

Three plastic pegs are part of the lower left corner of the Wall-All III.

Biscuit (beige) (from eBay)

Below is a Wall All III in its original packaging.  The color is described as biscuit, an off-white beige.

Dorothee Maurer-Becker Wall-All III, biscuit (beige) in original packaging

The packaging reads:

WALL ALL

  • Keeps everything organized and readily available
  • Holds essentials and odds and ends in most shapes and sizes
  • Perfect for kitchen, office, workroom or playroom

Style # 601

  • Durable high-impact molded plastic
  • Available in red, yellow, brown, white, biscuit or blue

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Made in U.S.A.

Dorothee Maurer-Becker Wall-All III, biscuit (beige) in original packagingDorothee Maurer-Becker Wall-All III, biscuit (beige) in original packagingDorothee Maurer-Becker Wall-All III, biscuit (beige) in original packagingDorothee Maurer-Becker Wall-All III, biscuit (beige) in original packaging

While the packaging says that the Wall-All III was “Available in red, yellow, brown, white, biscuit or blue,” it was made in a wide variety of colors.  The UTEN.SILO I and UTEN.SILO II have been reissued, but the Wall-All III remains out of production.

White (from etsy.com)

Dorothee Maurer-Becker Wall-All III, whiteDorothee Maurer-Becker Wall-All III, white

Red (from eBay)

Dorothee Maurer-Becker Wall-All III, red

Orange

Dorothee Maurer-Becker Wall-All III, orangeDorothee Maurer-Becker Wall-All III, orange

Yellow (from eBay)

Dorothee Maurer-Becker Wall-All III, yellow

Dorothee Maurer-Becker Wall-All III, yellow

Gray (from referencelibrary)

Dorothee Maurer-Becker Wall-All III, gray

Brown (from Factory20)

Dorothee Maurer-Becker Wall-All III, brown

Black

I have a black Wall-All III mounted on the inside of the door that opens to my furnace room.  The Wall-All III is sturdy and gives lots of storage, yet isn’t so deep that the door can’t close.

Dorothee Maurer-Becker Wall-All III, blackDorothee Maurer-Becker Wall-All III, black

If you know of the Wall-All III in any other color, please comment below!


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