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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

red Mobilite desk lamp

Here is a vintage Mobilite desk lamp in bright cherry red.  The base is in plastic with a matching color, enameled metal shade. There is a square, flexible, corrugated black plastic gooseneck that allows for positioning of the lamp. Easy on/off button.  The lamp takes two standard, two prong florescent bulbs.  The lamp measures 18” wide at shade, 14 inches tall when at standard height.

eBay item 191450806216 ended December 22, 2014 at 9:47PM (United States).  There were no bidders at $35,00 for this great design.

red Mobilite desk lampred Mobilite desk lamp base red Mobilite desk lamp rear basered Mobilite desk lamp base with neck


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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Flash floor lamp by Guzzini Studio 6G in David Cronenberg's Scanners

A great modern lamp, spotted in David Croneberg’s “Scanners” (1981). At the end of the movie, Darryl Revok takes Cameron Vale to the offices of Biocarbon Amalgamate (which is a gorgeous building in its own right). 

Biocarbon Amalgamate Headquarters in Scanners

It is the Flash floor lamp by Guzzini and is featured prominently in the culminating scene in the movie. Revok says, “All right. We're gonna do this the scanner way. I'm gonna suck your brain dry! Everything you are is gonna become me. You're gonna be with me Cameron, no matter what. After all, brothers should be close, don't you think?”  The Flash floor lamp is related to the Bud lamp and the Clan lamp.

Cameron Vale and the Guzzini Flash floor lamp in Scanners Darryl Revok and the Guzzini Flash floor lamp in ScannersDarryl Revok and the Guzzini Flash floor lamp in ScannersDarryl Revok and the Guzzini Flash floor lamp in Scanners

Four screen stills from the culminating scene featuring Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack) and Darryl Revok (Michael Ironside).

David Cronenberg with the Flash floor lamp by Guzzini on the set of Scanners

Director David Cronenberg on set with the Flash floor lamp.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

UTENSILO in High Anxiety

One of the things I like to see is great looking plastic items as props in or in the background of movies.  Here is the UTEN.SILO I wall organizer in white by Dorothee Maurer-Becker for Design M (1969) as it appears in the Mel Brooks film High Anxiety (1977). It’s prominently featured in the film, here is one of the best shots of the UTEN.SILO.

Utensilo wall organizer in High Anxiety


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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Lucite pop art 80s clock

Here is an interesting 6” tall by 4-1/4” wide by 1-7/8” deep table, desk, or shelf clock.  The mechanism is tucked behind the back of a bent piece of opaque off white, uniformly colored Lucite (acrylic).  Takes a single AA battery.

Lucite Memphis 80s pop art desk clock front

The hands are made of metal, the hour hand is in red, the minute hand is in yellow.  The seconds are indicated by a black and blue disc that turns.  Set off from the base by just under an inch via four metal prongs is a 1/8" thick, transparent Lucite square (4 1/4" by 4 1/4") that is screened on the back in white with a very pop art, 80s modern design.  The design looks almost like a TV test pattern.

Lucite Memphis 80s pop art desk clock right sideLucite Memphis 80s pop art desk clock left side

I hesitate to call it mid century, but this clock would probably fit nicely with mid century décor.  The effect with the rotating seconds disc is terrific, as the center of the clock turns from white and black - to white, blue, and black - to white and blue - to white, blue, and black - and then repeats.  The motion gives the clock a kinetic art appeal.

Lucite Memphis 80s pop art desk clock mechanismLucite Memphis 80s pop art desk clock top

Unsure of maker, no markings.  I have no information about this clock other than it looks fantastic.


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

white Kartell waste bin

This waste bin, though not in the best condition, is suited for kitchen, bathroom, or garage.  While it is marked Kartell on the bottom there is no marking to indicate a model number or designer.  It is definitely a rare item (I have heard this was designed by Olaf von Bohr, but have not been able to confirm).  It is entirely plastic in construction and has a foot pedal mechanism that tips the bin forward while simultaneously opening the lid.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

4676 Portariviste | Giotto Stoppino | Kartell, Italy | 1972 | UPDATE

An update to my post of December 21, 2009, the 4 compartment Portariviste (4676) by Giotto Stoppino for Kartell.  It has been a long time since I’ve found this rack in a new color, but here is one in blue-green, almost seafoam green.

eBay item 271612935009 ended September 28, 2014 at 00:54:31 PDT (Australia).  Five bidders placed 14 bids for the magazine rack, which sold for AU$59.00 (US$51.78).

Blue green seafoam 4676 Portariviste magazine rack by Giotto Stoppino for Kartell ItalyBlue green seafoam 4676 Portariviste magazine rack by Giotto Stoppino for Kartell Italy topBlue green seafoam 4676 Portariviste magazine rack by Giotto Stoppino for Kartell Italy 2Blue green seafoam 4676 Portariviste magazine rack by Giotto Stoppino for Kartell Italy side


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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Progressione di Tre sculpture | Enzo Mari | Danese, Italy | 1959

Progressione di Tre translates to “Progression of Three.”  This sculpture, in its original box with the cubes individually wrapped, is in excellent condition.  Described as, “Conditions are perfect considering the age: no chips, no cracks, even edges and corners are undamaged.”  The container and sculpture is similar to the Relazione di Quattro (Relationship of Four) sculpture I posted about on December 16, 2009.

A Progressione di Tre sculpture was previously sold for a hammer price of €800  at the February 15, 2011 Quittenbaum auction “Design – ‘La Dolce Vita’.   The presale estimate was €800 to 1,000.

Progressione di Tre sculpture, Enzo Mari for Danese 1959 cubesProgressione di Tre sculpture, Enzo Mari for Danese 1959 wrapped cubes with box

The Progressione di Tre sculpture by Enzo Mari for Danese.  Above: Each of the three cubes.  Below:  The three cubes, wrapped, in their original box.

Progressione di Tre sculpture, Enzo Mari for Danese 1959 cubes eBay final bid screen

eBay final bid screenshot for the Progressione di Tre sculpture by Enzo Mari for Danese.

eBay item 221553248049 sold September 26, 2014 at 05:16:19 PDT (Germany).  Four bidders placed 5 bids for the Enzo Mari sculpture, and the sculpture sold for €686.00 ($870.95).  Condition and rarity make this an investment piece.

Progressione di Tre sculpture, Enzo Mari for Danese 1959 cubes boxProgressione di Tre sculpture, Enzo Mari for Danese 1959 cubes in box

Progressione di Tre sculpture by Enzo Mari for Danese, box and inside their container.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a sculpture such as this on eBay.    Each of the three cubes measures 4cm on an edge and features a steel cube in different orientations embedded inside a larger resin cube.

If you have information about this piece or any other cubes designed by Mari, please share it in the comments below!

Progressione di Tre sculpture, Enzo Mari for Danese 1959 cube detail 1 Progressione di Tre sculpture, Enzo Mari for Danese 1959 cube detail 2 Progressione di Tre sculpture, Enzo Mari for Danese 1959 cube detail 3

The three individual cubes in the Progressione di Tre sculpture by Enzo Mari for Danese.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Poly Plex wall storage organizer

While this particular item is unmarked, its look and its back indicate that it is a Poly Plex wall organizer, similar to this one, which is oriented differently.  Here is a vintage purple plastic wall organizer that measures 18” by 12-3/4”.

This wall organizer is in the style of the UTEN.SILO and Wall-All by Dorothee Maurer-Becker.  Click to be taken to the UTEN.SILO I, UTEN.SILO II, or Wall-All III.

This wall organizer is clearly designed for the bathroom, and features a mirror, three identical pockets, and a towel bar.  The Lucite bar is too tight to the frame to hold a towel, though.

eBay item 271599145027 (United States) did not sell at $195.

Poly Plex purple storage bar and mirror frontPoly Plex purple storage bar and mirror back


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lumitime advertising tear sheet | Tamura Electric Corp., U.S.A.

Here is an advertising tear sheet for 12 Lumitime clocks.  While it is not dated, based on the models and prices, this is probably a later sheet.  The clocks featured on the sheet are:

CL-125 - “LUMITIME” digital alarm clock.  1 1/4” high illuminated orange bar numerals, 24 hr. alarm, AM/PM indicator, catnap control, alarm ON/OFF switch, seconds indicator and pulsator.  Size: 3 x 3 1/8 x 8 1/4
Available in charcoal-brown case  $17.50

CL-130 - “LUMITIME” digital alarm clock.  1 1/4” high illuminated orange bar numerals, 24 hr. alarm, AM/PM indicator, catnap control, seconds indicator and pulsator.  Size: 3 x 3 1/8 x 8 1/4
Available in simulated woodgrain case  $17.50

CC-11 - “LUMITIME” digital alarm clock with catnap control, 1 5/8” high illuminated orange bar numerals.  Size 2 3/8 x 4 x 7
Available in black, ivory or  $27.50
simulated rosewood case.  $32.95

CC-51 - “LUMITIME” digital alarm clock, 1 5/8” high illuminated orange bar numerals and catnip control.  Size: 2 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 7 3/4
Available in white or black case  $27.50

CC-81 - “LUMITIME” digital alarm clock, “catnap” control, 1 5/8” high illuminated orange bar numerals.  Size: 2 1/2 x 4 x 7 1/2
Available in white or black.  $32.95

CC-33 - “LUMITIME” digital alarm clock with 1 5/8” high illuminated orange bar numerals.  Size: 2 1/4” x 5 1/8” x 7 1/2”
Available in ivory or black case.  $32.95

CC-63 - “LUMITIME” wall clock with 1 5/8” high illuminated orange bar numerals.  Back of case provides for easy hanging and cord concealment.  Size 2-1/16” x 8 5/8” x 9 1/4”
Available in combination brown leatherette and simulated woodgrain.  $32.95

C-22 - “LUMITIME” digital alarm clock with front panel controls concealed behind convenient flip down panel.  Catnap control, 2” high illuminated green bar numerals and dimmer control for numerals.  Size: 3 x 5 x 8
Available in simulated rosewood case.  $35.95

CC-71 - “LUMITIME” digital clock with 1 5/8” high illuminated orange bar numerals.  Size: 2 3/8 x 4 x 7 3/4
Available in white, or black.  $21.95

CC-31 - “LUMITIME” digital clock with 2” high illuminated orange bar numerals.  Size: 2 3/4 x 5 3/4 x 8
Available in ivory or black case.  $29.95

SS-5 - “LUMITIME” solid state digital travel alarm clock with 0.3” high L.C.D. numerals, night light, seconds indication, AM/PM readout, snooze button and travel pouch.  Operates on a single AA penlight battery.  Size: 1-1/8”" x 2-1/16 x 3-5/8
Available in black with silver trim only.  $32.95

SS-6 - “LUMITIME” solid state digital alarm clock with 0.6” high light emitting blue numerals (Vacuum Fluorescent Display), AM/PM indicator, power interrupt circuit, alarm “on” indication, fast or slow time and alarm set, control lock, snooze delay and dimmer switch.  Size: 1 7/8 x 3 1/8 x 6
Available in combination black and silver case only.  $24.95

Tamura Lumitime advertising tear sheet

Click the page above for a better look.


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mini-Clock battery operated alarm clock | Diehl, Germany

Here is a Mini-clock battery operated alarm clock by Diehl, Germany.  The clock face is purple with bold, supergraphic numerals 12, 3, 6, and 9.  The clock operates on an LR14 (C size) battery.  The alarm operates by pushing the lever on the right side of the clock down.

Diehl Mini clock battery operated alarm clock purple faceDiehl Mini clock battery operated alarm clock purple backDiehl Mini clock battery operated alarm clock purple face bottom

Front, back, and bottom views of the Diehl Mini-clock battery operated alarm clock.

Diehl Mini clock battery operated alarm clock purple face model imprint and supergraphic 9

Model imprint and supergraphic, pop-art  face numeral “9”.

eBay item 311072211570 sold September 7, 2014 18:32:27 PDT (Germany).  One bidder placed one bid and the clock sold for $54.00.

Diehl Mini clock battery operated alarm clock purple face obliqueDiehl Mini clock battery operated alarm clock purple face side 2

Additional side views of the Diehl Mini-clock battery operated alarm clock.


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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Videosphere black and white television | Ryuzo Fujita | JVC (Victor Company of Japan) | 1970 | UPDATE

This post is an update to my original post about the JVC Videosphere television.   Similar in most respects to the model 3240, this example is given the model number 3240AQC.  The large differences are not apparent until you look at the back of the set.  Views from the front show this lack of difference.

JVC Videosphere black and white television model 3240AQC frontJVC Videosphere black and white television model 3240AQC side 1JVC Videosphere black and white television model 3240AQC side 2

The model 3240AQR Videosphere television has a plate on the back and a switch which allows three power settings: US, US(EUROPE), and CCIR.

JVC Videosphere black and white television model 3240AQC power switch detail

Detail of the power switch.

JVC Videosphere black and white television model 3240AQC backJVC Videosphere black and white television model 3240AQC back 2JVC Videosphere black and white television model 3240AQC back power cord detail

JVC Videosphere black and white television model 3241 back On the back of the 3240AQC model, there is a depressed well.  In this well is placed a sticker that reads “120V – 220V”.  This well is present in other models of the TV, without a sticker indicating the voltage options, as shown in the model 3241 to the left.

Additionally there is a sticker below the power cord (there is no depressed well in the plastic for this sticker) which reads:

                CAUTION
BEFORE CONNECTING THE AC
POWER CORD,SET THE SWITCH
TO THE REQUIRED VOLTAGE.

eBay item 321518609105 sold September 17, 2014 at 11:29:15 PDT (United States). This television sold without one of the power cords and discolored as usual for $56.00 plus shipping.


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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Radiant Inflatable Baby | Keith Haring | Pop Shop, New York City | 1985

Keith Haring was born May 4, 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania and was raised in nearby Kutztown.  He graduated from high school in 1976 and subsequently began his studies in commercial art at the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Deciding that he did not want to be a commercial graphic artist, he dropped out after two semesters.  In 1978, Haring moved to New York City where he became a subway artist and began his emergence into fame.  Haring’s first New York solo exhibition was held in 1981.  In 1982, he made his SoHo gallery debut at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery.  Haring’s work frequently evoked socio-political themes, including anti-Apartheid, AIDS awareness, and the crack cocaine epidemic.  Birth, death, war, and sex, often involving penetration, also permeated his work.  Keith Haring died on February 16, 1990 of complications related to AIDS.

Keith Haring Radiant Baby

One of Haring’s iconic designs is a crawling baby, often called the radiant baby or radiant child because of bold strokes that make the image appear to shine.  The image first appeared during his work as a subway artist, where he adopted it as his tag.   Haring called it “the purest and most positive experience of human existence.”  The rays do for the child what they do for many of the subjects in religious art, they imply holiness.  Haring said these “lines radiating from the baby indicate spiritual light glowing from within, as though the baby were a holy figure from a religious painting, only the glow is rendered in the visual vocabulary of a cartoon.  In 1985, Haring sold an inflatable version of the radiant baby.

Radiant Inflatable Baby by Keith Haring for Pop Shop NYC with box

Image Source: LiveAuctioneers.

Keith Haring sold this sculptural vinyl inflatable toy (21” by 28”, inflated) contained in screen printed lightweight cardboard box (6” by 5” by 2") at the Pop Shop in New York City.  The Pop Shop were stores that sold memorabilia of artist Keith Haring's designs. Haring originally opened two Pop Shops; one at 292 Lafayette Street in SoHo, New York City which opened in April, 1986 and closed in September, 2005, and one in Tokyo, Japan.  There is currently an online Pop Shop run by the Keith Haring Foundation.

Keith Haring Pop Shop NYC

Keith Haring’s Pop Shop, New York City.  Photo by Charles Dolfi-Michels.

Every area of the Pop Shop was devoted to Haring's work, including a floor-to-ceiling mural.  Haring first opened the Pop Shop in New York in 1986 with the goal of making art accessible to everyone. With the price of Haring’s work moving out of reach of most due to his growing popularity, the Pop Shop allowed anyone to own one of his creations.

The Inflatable Baby generally sells for $300 and up on eBay and in art auctions, with good condition examples commanding a significant premium.  They can be graded by the AFA (Action Figure Authority, toygrader.com).

Radiant Inflatable Baby by Keith Haring for Pop Shop NYC box front

White box

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Red box

Radiant Inflatable Baby by Keith Haring for Pop Shop NYC red box front Radiant Inflatable Baby by Keith Haring for Pop Shop NYC red box side 2 Radiant Inflatable Baby by Keith Haring for Pop Shop NYC red box side

References

Keith Haring.  Bio.  Retrieved September 5, 2014 from http://www.haring.com/!/about-haring/bio

Keohane, E. (2005, August 10-16). After a good run, Keith Haring’s Pop Shop goes pop. The Villager. Retrieved from http://thevillager.com/villager_119/afteragoodrun.html

Phillips, N. E. (2009). The pop apocalyptic: Keith Haring’s  and Kenny Scharf’s remaking of contemporary religious art. University of California, Irvine.


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