Friday Finds!

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This beautiful sculptural portemanteaux designed by Felix Agostini,  straddles the worlds of Art and Design – it can as easily be described as a piece of sculpture as it can a functional piece of design. Sculpturally it has a personal and playful quality, as does so much of Agostini’s surrealist-influenced work with expressive attenuated lines created in patinated bronze. As a place to hang your coat – its functional purpose – it is perfectly efficient with several hooks for coats and a curved space further down to hook your umbrella. We think it would be a shame to hide the elegance of the form with coats but perhaps just a beautifully draped cashmere coat or scarf….
Agostini was self-taught and worked for a time around the 1940s with Giacometti in Paris. The latter’s influence is clear in the whimsical lines and textured surfaces mastered through the medium of bronze and metal.  In the 1950s Agostini had a shop at 3 rue de Penthievre in the 8th arrondissement of Paris and it is during this period that he produced many of his famous lights and standing lamps. Please click on the image of the ‘Ouragan’ lamp below to read an earlier post.
In this unique portmanteaux, dated 1970,  you can see how the original mid century maxim of ‘Form follows Function’ had moved on and evolved and the boundaries became blurred in an exciting and challenging way. To our mind, it is that which makes this unique piece inspirational and absolutely worth owning. Just think how sharing in this narrative would enhance your life. 
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We saw this striking lamp by Agostini and although several of his vintage designs are now being reissued in numbered editions by Donghia, we can find you the much sought-after original pieces.
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IMG_0844This is a pair of mahogany armchairs from 1950 by Domenico Parisi (1916-1996), better known as  “Ico” Parisi.   His early work can often be identified by the curves he incorporates to connect opposing angles. While minimal and certainly aware of the Moderinst movement, his work seems to identify more with the concurrent atomic age movement in design. Simultaneously it echoes the futurism movement that started in Italy in the beginning of the 20th century and was expressed in the Art Deco movements in Europe and the United States in the ’20s and ’30s.  We think his work is grounded and optimistic.  Original powder blue velvet upholstery.
Height/Hauteur: 75 cm (29.53 in)
Width/Largeur: 69 cm (27.17 in)
Length/Longueur: 72 cm (28.35 in)
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We love the casual yet dynamic elegance of this beautiful pair of Swedish lounge chairs in oak and leather (‘Model 204′) by brothers Uno & Osten Kristiansson. Named the “Hunting Chair” (1954) it was produced by Luxus, a company founded in 1950 by the Kristanssons. This is one of the rare furniture pieces designed by the duo as they mainly concentrated on lighting. Supremely comfortable, the design is ergonomically brilliant as the flexible leather cradles the sitter.  
Hookl Und Stool of Belgrade currently produce an adapted version of the ‘Hunting Chair’ called  the Masterpeace MP-04. While it looks quite nice there is nothing as elegant and enriching as acquiring the original with its gorgeous patinated leather.
H77cm x W53cm x L78cm
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Friday Finds!

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A pair of 1960s Scandinavian teak and rosewood chairs. These exceedingly comfortable chairs carry some recognizable trademarks of midcentury Scandinavian design. The sculptural form of the arms is one and the use of teak and rosewood is another. Both woods are tropical hardwoods from South and Southeast Asia (Burma, Malaysia India and Indonesia)  and both are known for their strength and fine straight grain, which quietly and naturally enhances the aesthetic of these pieces.
 
The market for teak has become politically charged over the last twenty years or so as logging of Burmese teak (known as Thai teak) was revealed to fund the Burmese military known for its human rights violations. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world’s forests, was developed but they too have become mired in financial scams at various times. And finally recent teak farms in Africa and Costa Rica have upset the natural habitat. There leaves are the largest of any tree species and they are a natural herbicide. When they fall to the ground they naturally inhibit the growth of other plants.
 
Vintage teak is collectible. Buying contemporary teak furniture you are likely to inadvertently contribute to problems you would otherwise stay clear away from.
 
Knowing what your buying has important consequences!

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The back splits are teak and the structure is rosewood. The seat is rubber-covered steel. The chairs have been reupholstered.

Size: H72cm x W63.5cm xD75cm
Height from ground to seating cushion 53cm
Height of seat frame without cushion 40cm

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We found these two very different small 1960s French lights enchanting. The curved brass feet on the base of the left hand side lamp place it firmly in the 1960s. The other lamp is made of nickel plated chrome.

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We were very excited to find this rare mid century black-lacquered metal and brass desk lamp (1960s) which was produced by the German manufacturer Gebr. Kaiser Leuchten.   We have seen this model in books and know that it is a very limited edition. It is most likely by German designer Christian Dell who was collaborating with the company at this time. Trained as a silversmith, Dell went on to work as a foreman in the metal workshop at the Bauhaus. With WWII looming, Walter Gropius offered him a job in the United States but Dell decided to remain in Germany.

The large lamp head, the shape of which is echoed by that of the base,  pivots in a three-quarter circle so that light can be directed where you want it.  It is really a magnificent piece. 

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With Paris Photo opening next week, we were excited to see Etienne Bertrand Weill’s  ’Métaforme’  works (1959-1982). These are photographs of  abstract creations through which he recorded the movement of mobiles based on his interpretation of musical structures. They were meant to free the viewer from reality by stimulating the imagination without restraining it. Weill worked for a time as Hans Arp’s official photographer and also conceived moving images as backdrops for France’s National Opera Ballet in the 1970s – these backdrops played a key role in the choreographies. This original silver print from 1959 is called ‘Orphée’ (41.6 x 51.5 cm). It is a technique which involved printing the original negative onto gelatin silver fiber paper. 

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This is a rare 1960s murano glass Seguso pendant light (20cm diameter). Seguso have been designing glass in Murano since 1937. The reflections made by the bubbles in the glass create a layered pattern effect and draw you into the depths of the glass orb. This would be a stunning piece above a side table or a kitchen sink.

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This pair of French wicker chairs from the 1970s are very comfortable and beautifully designed. They have a contemporary form but the material is a world away from the plastic material used to create weather-proof versions of this aesthetic. These are the original natural material.  They are light and easy to store when necessary.

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We were drawn to these three rare metal wall shelves from the 1960s by Matthieu Matégot (1910-2001) whose work has become quite well known in the auction world. This rare model called ‘Dedal’ noires, is a versatile storage solution. The arrangement can adapt to various size walls and the form they take can change depending on how you arrange them.  

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Here is a sneak preview from a recent project. This ’Etrangère’ vase  (1985) by Philip Starck is in black cut Daum glass on thick transparent glass. It’s sculptural asymmetry plays beautifully with this Empire commode in mahogany with a black marble top. 

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Friday Finds!

Here are some exciting pieces we have spotted this week!

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 The sensuous and organic form of this contemporary bronze lamp (‘Grande Lyre’) by Philippe Cuny drew us in.  The glow from the bronze is gorgeous.

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 This reclinable chair in rosewood by Eugene Printz is like poetry in motion! The curved arm rests are exquisite.

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 One of a pair of sofas (model 485) by Edward Wormley. Edition Dunbar 1954. We love the simple design and clean lines.

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 This gently curved and elegant sofa by Augusto Bozzi for Saporiti (1950s) is an example of great mid century design. Highly covetable! 

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 This chic and beautiful desk (c 1935) in varnished wood with Hermes leather is by Paul Dupré-Lafon. The two rectangular compartments for storage on the desk top have sliding covers with ivory and brass handles. We can see it gracing an elegant sitting room or adding depth to a study.

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Upon visiting the breathtaking couture exhibition entitled ‘Les Années 50′ now on view at the Musée Galliera here in Paris, we found ourselves discussing how some of the themes and goals we saw in the clothes were being explored in furniture design as well.
 Like the fashion of this time the furniture designers were also focused on functionality, technical innovation and elegance.  Some of the fabric styles are quite similar to the furniture upholstery.

There is also a sense of control felt in the many buttons of the jackets and the firm cushions forms of the furniture yet the swirling full skirts created by Dior in these years sent shockwaves through France and the bright colored upholstery covering radical new furniture forms created excitement and optimism.
 

During the 1950s a more democratic system of licensing was put into place by some houses (such as Lanvin boutique) to make the lines more available to a public without access to the couture salons.  At the same time the first generation of French designers creating ultra-modern work that was meant to be mass produced.

 Enjoy the images below. And don’t hesitate to contact us when you are tempted by these gorgeous designs!

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f82c6100-1cd2-47bc-adf6-11593ce7110eIn the 1950s, the shape of the seating corresponded to social and practical criteria of the time. The historical context adds enormously to the story of each piece. This sofa by Genevieve Dangles and Christian DeFrance is made of numerous chairs which put together make up a magnificent arched-shape sofa. The shape of the chair backs kept the sitter’s posture straight which was important since the women all still wore skirts (before the advent of Saint’s Laurent’s revolutionary pant suits for women). Photo Courtesy  Galerie Pascal Cuisinier
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Looking back at this interior from the 1950s the furniture, to our eye, looks formal and uniform in its arrangement.  But with a little imagination, you can take elements from this period and incorporate them into your home, crossing eras and styles and making your own original and personal statement. The pieces  that we have found this week are refined, elegant and with simple lines reflecting the optimistic but practical postwar outlook of a brave new world. They speak  to the forward-looking ideals of that time. Perhaps these ideals resonate with you?
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This wonderfully sculptural chair (1950s) in oak is one of a pair by Rene Gabriel. They  look good from every angle! A specialist in ‘meubles de series’, Gabriel was Influential in the development of 20th century design in France and the ‘Rene Gabriel award’ is to this day, highly prestigious for emerging designers. There is a feeling of freedom and you sense the sheer joy of designing in this piece. Just imagine the statement it would make in your interior!
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This elegant 1950s table lamp in leather and brass is by Jacques Adnet. The base is covered in beautifully stitched leather interspersed with brass. It would impart a warm and elegant glow to any room.
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We were excited to find this chic and highly covetable late-1950s Leleu Deshays desk in rosewood and leather.  It would look equally stunning in a traditional book-lined study or in a more minimalist room. Magnifique!
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This restrained and beautiful early 1950s desk is Austrian. In stainless steel and black lacquer, we love the uniform line of the large number of simple drawer handles standing out against the richness of the smooth lacquer.
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This pair of wicker chairs by Abrahams & Rolls (end of the 1950s) are not only beautiful and technically brilliant but they are also really comfortable!
Inquiries about any of these objects:
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Friday Finds!

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Treasure hunting in Paris on a beautiful fall day.

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This is one of a pair of ‘Pipe Line Series 2’ chairs (1983) in lucite and chrome by Jeff Messerschmidt. With a small production of just 75 chairs, they were an exciting find! Each chair has an incised signature and number on a back leg and has been reupholstered. Price for the pair is €2,200.

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The visually light yet sturdy ‘Grasshopper’ chair was the first chair Eero Saarinen designed in a series of sculptural chairs created for Knoll throughout the 1940s and 1950s. We spotted this re-edition produced by the German company Lange at the end of the 1990s. The leather is original and the chair is in great condition with beautiful leather-wrapped armrests. €6,000. 

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We loved this fabulous round marble table with elegant stainless steel base (1972) by British designer Richard Young. 
D147cm. Price €5,000.

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This eye-catching Italian standing light by Mazzega in murano glass and brass dates from the 1960s. The glass is amber-tinted giving off a beautiful golden glow of light. H 155cm. Price €1,800.

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The Seconda 601-602 chair was designed by Mario Botta for Alias in the 1980s in Italy. In black enameled steel with an upholstered padded backrest and seat pad, we found this stunning pair which have the original upholstery. They are very architectural and rigorous in design and wonderfully comfortable. Use your imagination – these could be gorgeous with beautiful horsehair cushions! H73cm x W52cm x D58cm.  €700 for the pair.


 

Several mid century classic chairs. Choose your color!

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This is the type of work that we get very excited about sharing with you!

Aldo Bakker is a young designer from the Netherlands whose work is defiant.

He is inspired by forms or parts of forms he encounters in daily life ranging from animals, to nature to architecture.  He draws a form and tries to distill it down to its geometrical essence and in so doing he also questions the function of the object and challenges preconceived ideas about that object.

Through this process of deconstruction and gradual rebuilding he creates objects  based on his study of form then adds function. (As opposed to “Form follows function. – Louis Sullivan,  a principle associated with modernist architecture and industrial design in the 20th century).

The objects look natural and comfortable in the world yet it’s not always obvious what their function is … and this is what the designer wants!  He is ‘defying’ accepted norms and proposing new ways of using his objects, which refocus our attention on simple acts in our daily world.

This is a big idea and we hope you love it as much as we do!!

 

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Indigo Tonus Tabouret handmade out of a solid block of oak wood and treated with iron 

Size: 54 x 36 x 34 cm

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Tonus Tabouret handmade out of a solid block of oak wood

Size: 54 x 36 x 34 cm

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All photos by Erik and Petra Hesmerg

The following photos are from a very special vernissage on Tuesday night.
This is a new body of work by
Johanna Halford,
a young British artist, who lives and works in Paris.

photo 1-1The serene beauty of the owl quietly soaring in the air also evokes an electric tension in his eyes. This direct piercing gaze  is questioning and inescapable.  It’s this contrast between quiet/calm and electric/startling feelings that keep us engaged.


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Her work evolved through elaborate explorations including live models and found feathers and historical research into the cultural significance of wings and birds and specifically owl. Below are a few of the paintings of various types of wings and feathers.

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This is a set of six 19th/Early 20th Century Scholars chairs from Shandong, an Eastern province in China.  They would look great in a formal dining room or a more contemporary setting.
The pair is offered for about 300 Euros

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Same style chair in a beautifully eclectic interior.
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A French mid-20th century desk lamp. About 200 Euros.
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Fontana Arte bougeoir in glass, model 2237. This unusual trio of candlestick holders are attached by silver plated joints on square bases. 
H.35cm
 €4,000- €5,000

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An AFRA and Tobia Scarpa Sorianna canapé for Casina in 1970 is coming up for sale at Christie’s in Paris on 14 October in the debut Interiors sale with items chosen by renown interior designer Nicolas Dufour. We have found these from time to time and know of a BLACK one right now. Will be interesting to see what this one sells for … 
the estimate is 800-1200 Euros.

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Seriously luxurious and bohemian style.

photo credit: http://www.markseelen.com/portfolio.php

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And as fashion week winds up here in Paris, here is a nod to the great Coco …

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A print of the portrait of Coco Chanel by Georgette Tavé

Un portrait, c’est un caractère !”. Celui de Coco Chanel apparat sans fard. “Sans le vouloir… C’est sorti comme ça. Elle était un peu cadavérique, toujours ces roses autour de son chapeau, le visage pointu comme son caractère. ” Quand l’artiste a prêté le portrait pour une exposition à Tokyo, les Japonais faisaient la queue dehors pour voir ce petit minois dur comme le succès.”

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Translation: “A portrait is a character. This one of Coco Chanel, appeared without makeup. ‘Without hope/desire … It arrived like this. She was a bit dark, always with roses around her hat, her face pointed, like her character.’ When the artist lent this painting to an exhibition in Tokyo, the Japonese lined up for hours to see this little this sweet little face hardened by success.”

This print will be offered at auction this weekend.
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Friday Finds!

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1970s Murano glass ‘Spaghetti’ vases
We call them spaghetti vases because they immediately reminded us of contemporary designer Gaetano Pesce’s colored resin Spaghetti vases, which are pictured below.
This pair of Murano glass vases is 2500 Euros

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Set of six 1970s Black leather, metal and lucite dining chairs. 4000 Euros

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1970s Scalloped console table with lucite legs. 5000 Euros

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1950s Blue metal and brass wall appliqués. 2200 Euros

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Set of 25 hand carved tiles, each 20 cm x 20 cm
2000 Euros for the set and 90 euros per tile. 
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There are five patterns to choose from or mix and match.

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Friday Finds! 19 Sept 2014

Are you looking for a light or pair of chairs by a specific designer or from a certain period? Have you been dreaming of owning a …?
You fill in the blank and Artecase will help you find it! 

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The design events of the last couple weeks have been truly inspiring. We are still going through all of our photos!
Here are a few ideas and objects that caught our eye!

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Charlotte Perriod Nuage biblioteque circa 1955, a beautiful Mid-century piece that was  on view during Design Week.

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The Duna lounge chair was one of the pieces we saw last week at  an evening talk on how the Design market is infiltrating the Art market. It is composed of 60 separate pieces freijo, a Brazilian wood, which together create a chair form evocative of sand dunes.

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Beautiful Lalique display of vases and wall appliqués during Paris Design Week

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This cluster of lights presented at Maison et Objet this month is quite beautiful and look to be inspired by old Parisian holophane street lights, which are in the photo below. We can source the originals for you! 

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This commode is designed by Caroline Sarkozy, one of our favorite Parisian interior designers. If you have a chance do go visit the Décors à Vivre: Les Arts Décoratifs accueillent AD Intériors 2014, which is on view until the end of November.

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We spotted this pair of Elisabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti chairs called “The Night and the Day”, Circa 1990 behind glass this week. We know a few of you had inquired about the one on our blog that was offered by Artcurial several months ago. The chair was withdrawn from the sale.
Here is a pair available for you!

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Here is a snap from a talk we gave at Parsons Paris last Tuesday on collectible design. 

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