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The Last Thing That You Acquired #50

- 31 Jan 2017 -
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It has been exactly one year since my vendor told me their desire to sell me a showroom display Antonio Citterio Domus '00 DV120-3 storage units with vertical sliding doors DL120-3 bookcase* DP200 platforms for B&B Italia . These pieces have been transferred to my home and await installation. I will have thirty six (36) linear feet of display space. (these are actual images of the product)


* A new place of my Taschen and Visionarie limited editions and Assouline Ultimate and Special editions (warning all books contain potentially dangerous and off topic thoughts and ideas)


The Last Thing That You Acquired #50
Country
Italy
Functions
shelving & storage
Periods
2000 - 2009

Comments

- 31 Jan 2017

That's a lot of storage volume, Ernest. Share some pics once it's full!

Checked one off the bucket list this weekend: Poul Henningsen's Artichoke lamp for Louis Poulsen.The medium / 600mm size, finished in copper. Story has it that this hung in a contemporary Danish design store in San Francisco for decades before closing just last year. It has been tucked in a bathroom of an Oakland warehouse ever since.

From the limited information I have unearthed, this is an earlier unit, as it is suspended from 2, not 3, steel tension cables and has the earlier-style bulb socket. <-- Does anyone here have more information about this and when Poulsen made these production changes?

Some very minor scratches to a few pedals but otherwise looks very fresh after removing all of the dust and grime. One of the smallest pedals was slightly bent, so I removed it, masked both sides, and ran it through the flattest anvil of my English wheel until it straightened out. Was not easy to reinstall it....

Spent all of Saturday putting some love into this thing but never did take a decent photo. We have the perfect place for it at home, but given the length of our home renovation, we'll be lucky to hang it before 2018. So it waits in storage, upside down....

- 31 Jan 2017

I am a lamp guy and that is a drool worthy light. Can't wait to see it in place....someday

- 31 Jan 2017

teak hound

Nice lamp. The copper is wonderful. My wife and I gave my sister and brother-in-law a Louis Poulsen task light for Christmas. They make great products.

When I have the B&B unit in place I will take a few photos. I am going to attempt to avoid "filling" the unit. Thank you for your positive comment.

- 01 Feb 2017

Unrecognizable when it is just a white fabric with metal rings sawn in it and lying flat on a flat surface.

Falkland lamp by Bruno Munari 1964

- 01 Feb 2017

teakhound, do you still check your website google email address?

- 03 Feb 2017

I was compelled to buy this Thom Lillie sculpture for Lillie Glassblowers. This fully signed late 1990's piece's approximate dimensions are: 9" x 5" x 2".

- 05 Feb 2017

Picked up a Sling Swinger armchair (model F-23) by Don Shoemaker at an estate sale earlier today. I believe it is cocobolo, but he also used some other exotic hardwoods in his designs.

Coincidentally, I also saw the Shoemaker exhibit at the Mexico City Museo de Arte Moderno just last week.

- 05 Feb 2017

very cool chair cdsilva......I actually met Don Shoemaker's ex-wife last summer and sold her a teak dining table. She is a very nice woman.......when I delivered the table to her home, she had several of her ex-husband's pieces displayed throughout. I had never seen any of Shoemaker's larger pieces in person.......they were stunning. I instantly became an admirer.

- 05 Feb 2017

Interesting story, wcharles. When you say "ex-wife", would that be Barbara (who I think is a widow) or was he married more than once?

I guess you've already come across this Shoemaker blog, but thought I'd post for others.

http://donshoemaker.com

The latest posts address the Mexico City exhibit in detail, and not in a favorable manner for the curator and involved Shoemaker heirs. If you are still in contact with her, it would be great to get another viewpoint on the exhibit and latest activities of the "family".

- 05 Feb 2017

Discovered a few more surplus Maharam wool hiding in plain sight, plain weave neutrals and Kvadrat in bright colors, also some Steelcut Trio...

- 05 Feb 2017

The woman I met, Karen, had been married to him prior to his marrying Barbara.......I am going to attempt to contact her, and see if she'd mind sharing a little info. If I have any luck, I'll post my findings.

- 06 Feb 2017

I purchased this USM Haller cabinet for my bathroom and moved the drawer from the bottom to the top to give it less of an office vibe. I think it needs graphite-colored walls now.

- 06 Feb 2017

minimoma, i'm drooling! You have Maharam Pebble Wool (one of my all time favorite fabrics ever) there, and some Cobblestone---a bunch of Hallingdal and Tonus (another of my faves). Are they just remnants? Did i read your first post correctly in that you got two bolts with 12 yards each??

Do you have a bunch of furniture that needs redoing? Because then surely there is a god.

- 06 Feb 2017

Spanky, the rolls ranges from 5 to 12+ yards and although I bought most of the wools and wool blend, I only kept the ones I need for personal upholstery projects and archiving good size textile samples and most were shared with family and several close friends for their own use.

It did spread like wild fire at work though the moment I brought back some of the loot. This was just one of those being at the right place at the right time for this surplus store usually sells stuff I do not need.

Since 'Letters' is mostly wool and has some kind of thermal properties, it will just be hemmed and used as 10' high curtain panels and displayed as is and there are no waste and can still be used as upholstery later.

'Drape' by Grcic will be stretched in wood frames like Verner Panton's textiles from the 1960s.

- 06 Feb 2017

That's a great adaptive reuse for that office cabinet littred...I did something similar using a bright yellow and blue 1960s Steelcase filing cabinets with lift doors and pull out drawer files to use as a food pantry and cookware storage.

Not familiar with that USM Haller systems if they are also equipped with the safety feature that most tall file cabinets have where only one drawer will open at one time to avoid tipping the entire unit forward when the weight moves forward.

- 06 Feb 2017

Thanks, minimoma. The USM Haller doesn't have the anti-tip safety feature you mentioned. It was designed pre-OSHA. I believe there is a accessory bracket that allows you to anchor the unit to the wall.

- 06 Feb 2017

Yes!

And perhaps only the back wall should be graphite.

Yes!

Aunt Mark

ps Yes!

- 07 Feb 2017

Today I got:

1. JR Jacobsen brass candle holders for Galligani Oslo Norway
2. Stig Ahlström Pick Up 34 cm bamboo with stainless steel joint tong for Design House Stockholm
3. Lela Vignelli,Glasbake square cake-bake dish by Jeannette USA for The Chef's Choice 257*
4. An Wärff Snowball votive for Kosta Boda MIB

* this is tlhe last piece in the series required to complete my collection

I also got signed books by Jimmy Carter (full signature), Leroy Neiman and Naomi Judd

- 07 Feb 2017

Finally scored an all original selig lounge chair. Great patina. $20.

- 07 Feb 2017

Bought this striking yucca at a local gardenstore wich is shutting down, for half the price.
A high cement-made planter from the same shop gives it some height so we can still appreciate
a view to the garden en terrace.
I like the combination with our kelim rug :-)

The noce lamp on the floor by Giacomo & Castiglione is also a late addition.

- 07 Feb 2017

bj,

Well done. Simple and clean.

I like the Flos Noce T lamp. Look for a Flos Apollo for emergencies (Maglite is for the less fortunate).

- 07 Feb 2017

Tiffany & Company is a good second best, and as such this Elsa Peretti® Heart terracotta box is good for daily use. I like this SungMu YoonTea Diver tea infuser for Abel Design Seoul Korea and will use it infrequently.

Also got some new books:

1. Arne Karlsen Danish Design at the Millennium Five Exhibitions Five Essays for Christian Ehlers Publishers*
2. Keith Lovegrove airline Identity Design and Culture for teNeus Verlag
3. Scott McLeod Prefix Photi issues 2 & 3

* this book was mentioned in the Design Addict book blog

- 08 Feb 2017

I just got this signed Jean Boggio Guardian Angel for Baccarat. It is nice when the masses rejoice in owning pedestrian items.

- 09 Feb 2017

I always thought the apollo flashlight was a sex toy.

- 09 Feb 2017

I also came across this vintage Nikon 20 diopter lens Japan 28010. A double aspheric lens I would imagine is excellent for ultra close amphibian inspection. It is a nice collectible for me.

Thinking is not good for some people.

I also acquired a signed monograph by Blake Little The Company of Men. This is a beautiful printing.

- 09 Feb 2017

In comparison to the Donald Keller (Norn Nelson) SKL3 flashlight of 6061-T6 aluminium for Kel-Lite (Barstow 2nd generation 1974) the Maglite is for the less fortunate and uninformed. This flashlight is original to me and the predecessor to the common Anthony Maglica flashlight of anodized 6061 aluminum for Maglite.

- 09 Feb 2017

a wonderfully weird thing, a chess set made out of BUTTERFLY WINGS. From Brazil, from between the 1930's to the 1950's (apparently). Needed a little gluing but overall in excellent shape.

- 09 Feb 2017

Cool chess board, waffle! (is the yellow pig Italian, by any chance? I have a smaller one that is marked Italy. Just curious.)

I got this slate board awhile back and just oiled it again the other day and was admiring it. I think it dates to the 60s. The workmanship is just perfect. There are two cleats about 3/4" high glued to the slate underneath so it sits off the table nicely. The label on the back explains it all. They come up on ebay pretty regularly.

The fish dish was so dirty when I spotted it at a thrift store that it was hard to tell if it was just a bad amateur piece or something good. It's very shallow and is about 16" long--slab formed and quite thick and heavy. Very rustic. I'd say crude except that the fish skeleton is so elegant. The back has the imprint of the canvas used to line the mold or rolling surface. It's not marked.

- 09 Feb 2017

yup, she's Italian by way of a Portland long gone dept. store. A big yellow pig cookie jar.....

BONUS ITEM - one of those things I have always wanted to see in person. An Arne Jacobsen Cylinda ashtray, the larger size. I had read about and seen pictures but always wanted to try one. It's oddly calming to pretend empty it.

- 09 Feb 2017

Oops, never mind, mine is a totally different species and style. I must have been mixing it up with another piggy bank that I bought around the same time.

I have no idea what it says above "Italy".

- 09 Feb 2017

spanky -- 99.9% sure your fish dish is Martz/Marshall Studios. A lot of the earlier pieces were unmarked but typically had that canvas texture to the backside although i've had several early pieces signed by Jane with the same textured back

- 09 Feb 2017

Børge Mogensen for Fredericia Stolefabrik model 244 reclining lounge chair in oak and teak (actually Afrormosia) with the cane back. I believe it is called Medestolen, or The Runner Chair. The white oak has heavily oxidized making it hard to see the contrast between the white oak frame and the Afrormosia runners. Designed in 1957, and I believe this one was produced very early.

- 09 Feb 2017

I don't have any more Rickberg pages. What are you looking for?

Here is my favorite image of the chair from Mogensen's archive via the Danish Furniture Index.

- 09 Feb 2017

Hello.

Dear spanky, I dig everything about that slateboard. Today the sweet elderly gals at my fav charity resale store presented me with a replacement car. I brought the cheap white wine ( I keep the store fridge stocked as part of my believing in their cause). These girls will say words and tell naughty jokes that I would so like to share. But I won't. I wore pink.

Hello, still,

Aunt Mark

ps waffle, I've got a few of those ashtrays hiding here and there. A smoker friend used to bring them as house gifts back in the old days. Might have a half dozen. Friend is dead. Still dead.

pss. actually my generous sister has a not real pristine little car that I'll be borrowing for a spell. She got a new model. I'll have it detailed immediately, and will replace the trashed driver floor mat (high heels). My god. Probably a smoker.

- 09 Feb 2017

Parafo, wow---thanks! I will look into the Martz info! I love Martz very much so this would be an exciting development.

- 09 Feb 2017

Today I got a MIB 2001 Albin Christen Crazy Train Swatch GG194.

I also got a dozen art books including titles of Agam, Calder, Jean Arp and many others...

- 10 Feb 2017

Here ya go, Spanky -- Marshall Studios catalog from Fall 1957

- 10 Feb 2017

Ahhh! Thanks so much! I did a little poking around and found nothing at all. I'm very excited!

- 10 Feb 2017

My newest art book inventory:

1. Alexander Calder Sculpture of the 1970's exhibition catalog for M Knoedler & Co.
2. Camelo Cervantes Jose Luis Cuevas Drawings and la Toison, Anne-Marie Francisco Zúñiga Sculpture-Drawings Art 7'76 Basel International Art Fair slip cased 2 book set for Tasende Arte Contemporaneous 1976
3. Henry Gelzaher Jean Arp for Metroploitan Museum of Art
4. Charlotta Kotik Monumental Drawing Works by 22 Contemporary Americans exhibition catalog for The Brooklyn Museum
5. Gunter Metken Agam for Abrams
6. Gilles Néret Michelangelo for Taschen

sports book:

Ronnie Halligan Herausforderung Challenge handmade leather numbered edition 150 for Olympische Sport Bibliothek

I am busy reading...

- 10 Feb 2017

Spanky,

For what its worth, I believe the inscription in your yellow pig says:

649/ 74
Italy .

The first 4 and the second one are the same except for the tail at the end of the first one, which i believe is simply a connection line with the adjacent number, made at the end of the brush stroke.
The 9 could also be a 0.

All this based in my opinion only and with a complete lack of scientific rigour !

- 10 Feb 2017

Spanky,

something tells me i was not barking up the wrong tree. Or at least not very far from the right one. This is another pig i just found on e bay.

Im i delirious or is that the same nine? Only 38 years later!

- 11 Feb 2017

A previously enjoyed 1979 Gump's San Francisco crystal bowl (11.50 cm Ø) is now mine.

I also got a signed copy of Andi Eaton's New Orleans Style for The History Press.

- 11 Feb 2017

sebastian--all those Italy marks hand-signed in that black ink look the same to me! I found that pig on ebay and it's a very different style than the mouse bank that I have. I've seen marks like that on a lot of Raymor stuff too but I don't think that my mouse is Raymor. I think it was just the style that a lot of ceramic factories used to sign their work.

- 11 Feb 2017

Ohh now i feel almost sorry for the poor dog barking so enthusiastically.

Anyway, this is my last aquisition:

No big names, Stenox for stenthal "Industria argentina". Stainless steel and some hard wood base, too small for me to recognize.

I just love it. And found her spot right away.

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