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Monday, May 27, 2013

Deda vase | Giotto Stoppino | Heller, Italy | 1972 | UPDATE

white and red Deda vases by Giotto Stoppino

Here is an update to my post of January 20, 2009, the Deda vase by Giotto Stoppino for Heller. It is something I never expected to see.  On eBay a few weeks ago, while doing some research for my daily Facebook post, I came across an item described as, “ANTIQUE Vintage MID-CENTURY MODERNISM Red PLASTIC VASE,1950s”.  I was definitely intrigued, especially when I saw the pictures  in the listing.  This Deda vase is red!

But why no mention of “Heller / design Giotto Stoppino / Made in Italy” signed in the mold at the bottom of the vase?  I originally suspected that the vase might have been painted, and the raised lettering either sanded off or covered during the painting process.  I didn’t mind.  I figured if it were painted I would go over it again in orange.  I have always wanted a Deda in orange.  It turns out that none of the usual keywords were in the description because they weren’t there to begin with.

underside of the intertwined white and red Deda vases

It turns out this vase was not painted.  It is made of red plastic and does not bear the imprinted signature normally found on this vase.  Yet is has all of the same mold release seams as the signed Deda.  I had previously thought the Deda vase was only made in white, yellow, green, and black.  Now red can be added to the list.  Why was this vase made and in what other colors can it be found?

There are some subtle differences between the signed Deda vase and this red vase. For the purposes of comparison I chose a white vase.

interior bottom of the vases, opposite the injection molding stubs interior bottom of the vases, opposite the injection molding stubs

The interior bottom of the vases, opposite the injection molding stubs.  On the marked Deda vase, there is a slightly raised dome about the size of a penny.  On the red vase, there is only a small depression, about the size of a pencil eraser.  The locations are the same on each vase.

exterior bottom of the vases, the injection molding stubs exterior bottom of the vases, the injection molding stubs

The exterior bottom of the vases.  Here are the injection molding stubs.  On the signed Deda vase, there is a circular, hollowed out depression 5/8” in diameter surrounding the stub.  On the red vase, the stub has a 5/8” diameter circle scribed lightly around it.  The stub extends slightly beyond the flat base of the vase.  The locations are the same on each vase.

Is this red vase a test piece, made prior to the final finishing of the mold?

Below are some additional views of the red vase.

red Stoppino Deda vase red Stoppino Deda vase
red Stoppino Deda vase red Stoppino Deda vase

red Stoppino Deda vase


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Sunday, May 26, 2013

May 20–May 26, 2013: Shared vintage modern plastic design

Here are the items that were shared the week of May 20, 2013.  Included were a lamp, a sconce, a vase, a carafe, a phone, and a bowl.

Monday, May 20: Plastic triangular lamp.  Measures approximately 10” tall and 7” across.

Plastic triangular lamp

Plastic triangular lamp

Tuesday, May 21:  Orange Pago Pago vase by Enzo Mari for Danese, Italy (1969).  It’s been a while since an original Pago Pago has been up for sale on eBay. 

Orange Pago Pago vase by Enzo Mari for Danese, Italy (1969)     Orange Pago Pago vase by Enzo Mari for Danese, Italy (1969)

Orange Pago Pago vase by Enzo Mari for Danese, Italy (1969)

Wednesday, May 22:  Red umbrella sconce by Zicoli.  From the top of the handle to the tip of the umbrella it is 24” and the sconce is 11” wide. The original switch is a dimmer switch.

Red umbrella sconce by Zicoli

Red umbrella sconce by Zicoli

Thursday, May 23: Nomos vacuum carafe by Peter K. Patzak for Alfi in bright yellow.  Capacity 1L, made in Germany.

Nomos vacuum carafe by Peter K. Patzak for Alfi in bright yellow

Nomos vacuum carafe by Peter K. Patzak for Alfi in bright yellow

Nomos vacuum carafe by Peter K. Patzak for Alfi in bright yellow

Friday, May 24: Bowl by Kristian Vedel.  The exterior surfaces of the bowl has a matte surface which resembles spun or brushed aluminum to the touch, the interior shines like and feel like glass.  The bowl measures 8-1/2” in diameter by 4-1/2” height.
Marked: T ØRSKOV / DENMARK / (symbol) / DESIGN: / K. VEDEL

Bowl by Kristian Vedel

Bowl by Kristian Vedel

Saturday, May 25: Bud vase or pen holder.  Measures 4-1/2” high by 3” square.

Bud vase

Sunday, May 26: Radio Shack pop-art big button phone. With large, bright yellow buttons.

Radio Shack pop-art big button phone

Radio Shack pop-art big button phone


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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Moving pattern simulator | Frederick L. Way for Mobilcolor, Inc. | New York, New York, United States of America | 1962

The “Moving Pattern Simulator” is a lighting object – I hesitate to call it a lamp – that comes from a tradition of this kind of novelty item from the 1960s.  This one looks like a shimmering, scintillating firework in rotating colors.  The system was invented by Frederick L. Way for Mobilcolor, Inc. of New York. The mechanism is placed inside a cubic acrylic case that measures 9-1/4” on a side.

eBay item 161027988664 ended May 23, 2013 at 17:03:04 PDT (United States).  No bids at $49.99.

Moving Pattern Simulator patent, number 3,184,872     Moving Pattern Simulator patent, number 3,184,872

Moving Pattern Simulator patent, number 3,184,872. Filed January 31, 1962 and issued May 25, 1965.  Click to be taken to the patent.

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Back view of the “Moving Pattern Simulator” lighting object.


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Monday, May 20, 2013

Lucite sheet numeral sculpture

Lucite numeral sculpture

This sculpture features numerals cut into acrylic sheet.  There are two orange “5”s and two “3”s, one in green and one in blue.  The 3s are set perpendicular to the 5s.  The numeral sheets are inside a clear acrylic box.  The sculpture stands 9” by 12” and is 17” in height.  It stands on a wooden base.

eBay item 300906371173 ended May 20, 2013 at 18:58:18 PDT (United States).  There were 4 bidders who placed 11 bids for this interesting work of art.  The winning bid was $84.56.

Lucite numeral sculpture Lucite numeral sculpture
Lucite numeral sculpture Lucite numeral sculpture

Views from each side of the sculpture.  There are some interesting optical effects.  Looking at the 5s reveals what looks to be a three.  Looking at the 3s reveals what looks to be an 8.

Lucite numeral sculpture

Lucite numeral sculpture

Two more views of the sculpture and its base.


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Sunday, May 19, 2013

May 13–May 19, 2013: Shared vintage modern plastic design

Here are the items that were shared the week of May 13, 2013.  Included were a barrel clock, two very different storage cases, a desk tidy calendar, a bread box, and two lamps.

Monday, May 13: Seth Thomas barrel clock, approximately 3-1/2” long.

Seth Thomas barrel clock

Tuesday, May 14:  Desk case with drawers numbered 1 to 16.  Measures 16cm by 16cm and is 8cm deep.

Desk case with drawers numbered 1 to 16 Desk case with drawers numbered 1 to 16
Desk case with drawers numbered 1 to 16 Desk case with drawers numbered 1 to 16

Wednesday, May 15: Yellow bread box measures approximately 15-1/2” long by 9-1/2” deep and is 7” in height.  No maker marks.

Yellow sliding top bread box

Yellow sliding top bread box

Thursday, May 16:  Molded stretched plastic floor lamp.  Measures 15” long by 15” deep by 33-1/25” tall.  Bottom diameter 15”, top diameter 10”.

Molded stretched plastic floor lamp

Molded stretched plastic floor lamp

Friday, May 17: Orange, white and smoked transparent perpetual calendar.  Button at top to advance flip date.  Pocket behind calendar for desk storage. Measures 12cm wide by 9cm deep by 7.3cm height.

Orange, white and smoked transparent perpetual calendar

Orange, white and smoked transparent perpetual calendar

Saturday, May 18: Bright red ABS molded plastic panel designed by Giorgio De Ferrari for Elco I. The back has 6 holes for easy attachment to the wall or where ever you like to hang it. A great piece to your space age collection. Measures 67” tall by 27” long by 6” deep.

red ABS molded plastic panel designed by Giorgio De Ferrari for Elco I     red ABS molded plastic panel designed by Giorgio De Ferrari for Elco I

Sunday, May 19:  Plastic biomorphic lamp. On/Off switch on cord. Label on light bulb socket marked “made in Italy”. Measures 16” by 12” by 17” height.

Plastic biomorphic lamp

Plastic biomorphic lamp

Plastic biomorphic lamp


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