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The last thing you aquired # 56

- 04 May 2018 -
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Time for a new one!


Let me start with a pot of gold that i found yesterday, filled with vintage architectural books.

Two boxes for less than $99!


The last thing you aquired # 56

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- 03 Aug 2018

It is kind of grungy, but it was almost free and I did not realize these are quite huge. It will need another round of cleaning but it is usable for now. Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen.

- 03 Aug 2018

Unrecognizable when being sold in parts/components. These are the desks parts of the 1960s version of Herman Miller's EOG (Executive Office Group) originally designed in 1947 by George Nelson. These look like they came from the offices of Eero Saarinen's famous client, J. Irwin Miller of Cummins Engines in Columbus, Indiana. I have to go back and collect the big parts, the tops and the return credenzas.

- 05 Aug 2018

Another trash-pile masterwork. You can tell it's a good one, because the more you look at it, the worse it gets!

viva la #56

- 05 Aug 2018

A bunch of smalls, all from ebay:

1. An Earl Reiback kenetic light box for Lightolier, the 11"x11" example. I have always wanted one of these. So clever
2. A set of Japanese nesting balls for Neiman Marcus. Exceptionally well made
3. A very Calder-esque but undoubtedly just in the style of mobile
4. A pair of Thurston Anywhere lamps. In pretty good shape but need shades. Have always wanted one of these now have 2.

- 05 Aug 2018

The surface those bowls are sat on is amazing, Waffle.

What wood is that table top made of? Are the bowls themselves elm?

- 06 Aug 2018

it's a particular cut of Redwood, I don't remember the name. Someone of this board, of course, told me back in the day....curly redwood???

I am not sure on the bowls either...It's rather common even nowedays but the grain on these bowls is just great and I believe it is matched throughout (cut from a single block of wood)

- 06 Aug 2018

Picked up a set of 6 Series 7 chairs for Fritz Hansen made in 1982, black lacquer that’s been chipped here and there. I almost didn’t take them as there was a line across the backrest on two that made me think the veneer was weak but it appears to just be the lacquer, they’re solid as a rock!

- 06 Aug 2018

Both things are beautiful, Waffle. My head started spinning with the physicality of cutting multiple bowls from the same piece of wood. I'd guess you need a specific curved tool to scoop cut. But it can't be on a turning machine. My mind has been boggled.

Can't go wrong with those Reamie, I saw two on my commute the other morning, abandoned on the roadside. I'd hoped it was going to be my first roadside find, but as I approached them I could see the manufacturing of the underside was incorrect so I didn't even bother pulling over.

- 06 Aug 2018

Oh that would have been nice Kyle! I was glad to see the original covers with all the information on it when I turned them over!

- 06 Aug 2018

I didn't realize it was matched until about 10 minutes ago...how they did it? THEY AREN'T TELLING

- 06 Aug 2018

You can turn bowls like that on a lathe with a special attachment. It is like a little tooth on a curved piece of metal mounted in a slide. It is not done freehand.

- 07 Aug 2018

I'm going to struggle to describe what I mean here, fair warning.

The lathes I've seen always grip the wood between two points. So surely if you're carving wood out along the lathes rotational axis, to the extent you extract a section of it along that axis, it will no longer be secured between the points as there will be a space carved out. If there's a lathe that's only secured at one point it makes more sense, but then I can't see how while it's being turned it would be safe to extract a section of the wood as it'd come spinning out at the craftsman.

Anyway, I have faith it's happened, there's hard photographic evidence in this very thread! I think I'll just need to see how it happens at some stage in my life and it will remain magic until then.

- 07 Aug 2018

Kyle, google "coring wood bowl blanks".

Spotted a white Tizio in front of a white wall on top of a white shelf.

- 07 Aug 2018

Kyle: you are describing old fashioned turning between two points. You can also mount the blank on what is called a faceplate, so it is just screwed directly to the driveshaft. This is how Magne Monsen turned the big Finn Juhl bowls. On the underside you will see a pattern of teak plugs; each is where a screw went into the blank. Then they invented chucks, which are like enormous versions of the chuck on the business end of a drill. First you turn down a bit on one end of your blank, then you turn it around and grab the turned down bit in the chuck, and continue turning what you want to turn. This is how a lot of bowls are turned nowadays. And there are quite a few other ways to attach a block of wood to a lathe. Woodturners are a bit crazy.

- 08 Aug 2018

Ahh, thanks for explaining that, Leif. I recently got four of these small footed bowls with thin edges that have four holes on the bottom. (Actually an extra one or two on this one, now that I am looking at it more closely. The one at 9:00 is right at the edge of the foot but there are clearly two at 6:00.) I couldn't figure out why they were there. Now I know.

- 15 Aug 2018

A stray service for 4 white ironstone dishes by Lagardo Tackett for Schmid, 1961, a partial service for 4 flatware by Folke Arstrom for Gense, 1955 (donated without the spoons & teaspoons)...

https://lagardotackett.com/work/

and unused design book on sale online for $5.

- 17 Aug 2018

I picked up a Fredrik Kayser sideboard and the 4 rosewood Møller 80s to match my 2 65s. Both need some work which I'm quite excited to undertake.

I suspect both keepers for the time being. Very happy I held onto the two 65s to get a full set.

Both of these give me some freedom to trade up nicely in the future. When the right opportunity presents.

- 17 Aug 2018

Oh and I also got one of these as per all the advice here, to see what all the fuss is about. Hoping it'll be useful in reupholstering the Møllers.

- 17 Aug 2018

Kyle that is some find! Congrats! I had a set of four rosewood 80’s and could not find another pair so I let them go. That was a couple of years ago and I still haven’t found the pair so I regret it but not as much as I could!

- 17 Aug 2018

Kyle, I think that since you complained about a dry spell you found really nice stuff. I think summer is the worse season for finding new things. I'll see if I find a staple remover, as it sounds better than using a screw driver.

Cheers
Ernest.

- 17 Aug 2018

I couldn't agree more. I've had a series of lucky opportunities in quick succession. Very chuffed!

- 24 Aug 2018

Two stray & curious lamps, the floor lamp has patents pointing to a Vermont Follet & a Gunnar Adolfson from the late 1930s to early 1940s with a shade that looks like a Le Klint (?) & the other an early Raymor.

- 30 Aug 2018

a weird, oak and tile table. Was filthy when I bought it (a trend for me...). Tiles are astonishing. Base is...interesting? Sort of Mission-ish? Solid oak nevertheless.

- 31 Aug 2018

I have a strange soft spot for tiled tables. Not that I own any, but I like them when I see them.

This is very nice too. I like the tiles themselves. I could see a teak tray on it, and something Bitossi perched on the tray and a wonderful aesthetic is coming together!

- 31 Aug 2018

I see my old ”wrongly numbered” thread was picked up again.
Soon time to start a new one anyway.

I have made some amazing finds over the summer, so wanted to share.
First i bought another large lot of Mobilia magazines including quiet a few of thenearöy A4 sizeed ones.
Still missing 9 of those to complete my collection and would be willing to trade my spare ones for issues 1-7, 16 and 19.

Then i have found some early Swedish design like a set of four NK stools mist likely made by Sven Markelius, a great undigned flatweave, a nice birch table, a very weird ”tree” floorlamp and some nice GAB and Asea tablelamps.

- 31 Aug 2018

Any advice on where to find Mobilia magazines ? I have never seen them here around... maybe they were well sold in the US?

- 31 Aug 2018

I would suggest looking in Denmark and in online bookshops there.
This last lot i actually found here on Design Addict and was bought from the UK.
Not cheap but had some rare ones i could not miss out on.

- 31 Aug 2018

I see, what's the average price these days for 1 issue? 50 $?

- 03 Sep 2018

Picked up a Carlo Jensen for Hundevad & Co. cabinet today! My gf and I have been looking for sometime to replace what we had and we are pumped on this find : )

- 03 Sep 2018

I just, very excitedly, picked up this Hans Olsen 532A rocking chair for Juul Kristensen. Got it for a steal from a gentleman whose mother (original owner) rocked him and his siblings in it. Retains its original cushion.

In any case, this is mostly a warning to those of you whose brains I will need to pick in the coming months about redoing the binder cane - I'm looking at you Spanky, Leif and tchp! I've already combed the other threads here and found a lot of good information, but will definitely need some guidance with this particular weave.

- 03 Sep 2018

Ponyboy, the figuring on the drop cabinet is beautiful. Great score.

And equally that rocker is gorgeous Frankielemmons. The cane makes it. Seems weird to say, but I thought Dux was Swedish.

- 03 Sep 2018

Kyle, I believe you're right, Dux is Swedish. I'm guessing that they were simply the importer for Juul Kristensen. Maybe someone else here understands how that all worked.

- 04 Sep 2018

A disarded water kettle designed by Michael Lax in 1962 for Copco. The auction buyer of the contents of a storage facility only took the largest & the shiniest objects & left everything that had collected decades of dust.

The Chemex was also found in the rejects pile.

https://www.moma.org/collection/works/1847

- 04 Sep 2018

frankielemmons--congrats on the rocker! I haven't redone one of those but I did do the back on the Hans Olsen settee, which is the same pattern. It took me a bit to work out how to anchor then ends but once i got that I pretty much zipped through it. Do start a new thread when you're ready.

minimoma--I've always loved that kettle. I had the exact same one and the dark brown with the color of the wood (oak?) handle made me think of chocolate and caramel: always a good thing. I finally sold it to someone in Japan but I kinda wish I hadn't.

I have the Chemex pot too. So elegant.

- 04 Sep 2018

Spanky-- the Michael Lax kettle have laminated teak handle & turned teak knob. I have seen other woods from other water kettles in the same form like the ones made by Arabia Finel...not sure who made the water kettle with oak handle (could be a Copco variant?). I like the dark brown too, it is quiet & great color for hiding everyday wear & tear.

- 04 Sep 2018

It amazes me that laminated teak survives above a steam producing kettle.

- 08 Sep 2018

Picked up a lil sumpin sumpin on my way to work today. Excuse the pic, its the pic from the craigslist add

- 08 Sep 2018

Did not really consider that this would ever come into my possession but luck was on my side.

- 11 Sep 2018

Amazing, Simon! Looks in a very smart state too, is that by your hand on did it come to you in that condition?

I picked up an incomplete but very cool Osvaldo Borsani T96 desk. Needs refinishing, but as a last hurrah before I pick up coursework again I'll savour it! Still have to finish my Moller 80/65s off but hoping I manage.

- 20 Sep 2018

This caught my eye and couldn’t pass it up. A room divider based on Picasso’s “Painter and Model”. In decent shape for the most part except for the left side which has a couple big gashes. My girlfriend and I are deliberating if it’s worth getting fixed or touched up. Art isn’t our forte and it’s a matter of whether doing so would be adding or lessening its value.

- 20 Sep 2018

I wouldn't do a thing to that Picasso-like folding screen! You never know, it may have sustained that damage in a historic gun battle. Or even a non-historic gun battle. Or maybe it just got knocked over one too many times. Whatever---it's part of the piece's past and I don't think it detracts one bit.

- 20 Sep 2018

I spotted this oak dish in a thrift today and thought it looked a little different than the usual New England woodworker project. Flipped it over, saw the signature, and somewhere in the depths of my mind I thought it was kind of Russel-Wrightish. Turns out yes. Or maybe his forms were influenced by his wife Mary's designs?

The little guy is a Russian cosmonaut from back in the day.

- 21 Sep 2018

https://americanart.si.edu/artwork/daytons-poster-11472

From the alley today, a vintage framed lithograph exhibition poster by Jasper Johns printed in 1971, like the lithograph example at the Smithsonian American Art Museum collection...& also at the Met Museum.

https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/342343

also from a church sale, an unknown maker 1970s mod kitchen scale from Hungary...no one bought it so it was downgraded to free to anyone before going to the trash pile.

- 21 Sep 2018

Mary Einstein (yes, she's a distant relative of the famous one) Wright was like the Ray Eames in her partnership with Russel Wright. She was the one with the background in art & avant garde sculpture.

Mary Wright used white oak for that bowl & other pieces described as frosted oak & was also sold as Russel Wright using a different wood. This exhibition called The Power of Two from 2015 is a good crash course on the work & partnership of Russel & Mary Wright.

https://issuu.com/frankfamularo/docs/the_power_of_two_book_hardcover_v2i

- 21 Sep 2018

Yes, there's quite a bit on the Wrights online, including scans of the catalog of the show on them at the museum in Garrison, NY. I ran to my laptop as soon as I got home with the dish!

I grew up with Russel Wright dishes and glassware that my parents got as wedding gifts. I still have one of the glasses. The Frosted Oak finish on the dish is also very familiar but I think it's just their Brandt western style furniture I'm thinking of.

- 21 Sep 2018

Picked up a dressing couch for the bedroom. Found it in a friend's storage. Turns out he bought it from another friend 25 years ago!

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