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!!




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

Size: 54 x 36 x 34 cm


Tonus Tabouret handmade out of a solid block of oak wood

Size: 54 x 36 x 34 cm


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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Inquiries about any of these objects: or 06 47 25 09 66

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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


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. 
 €4,000- €5,000


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.

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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.”

Valérie Duponchelle Le Figaro 20 octobre 1998

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.
200-300 Euros



Posted in Art

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


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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Close up of a single tile.
There are five patterns to choose from or mix and match.

Inquiries about any of these objects: or 06 47 25 09 66

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! 

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!


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.



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. 

Inquiries about any of these objects: or 06 47 25 09 66

Special Friday Finds!

Today is an especially glorious day to be exploring collectible design in Paris! We are grateful to share the day with several design enthusiasts on our visits to the Biennale des Antiquaires, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, several galleries and finally the private atelier of Jeanne Lanvin. 

Here are a few photos from some of our stops.  Enjoy!BxAVt_kCEAIUhx0

Wendell Castle sculpture at Carpenters Workshop Gallery at the Biennale des Antiquaires


Eileen Gray’s Table aux Chairs also at the Biennale des Antiquaires

 Architectural Digest sponsored Interiors designer showcase at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. This year each interior designer received an object from the museums permanent collection and an object from a Paris-based gallery to feature in their interiors.

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Chahan Minassian luxurious and grand yet intimate interior featuring a desk by César from the 1960s and a collection of swords, as well as inviting bench seats in warm colours.


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Luis Laplace has a story to tell: the story of Porfirio Rubirosa, a mid-20th-century Latin playboy who loved luxury as much as women. Laplace translates this plotline into an antechamber for a Latin lover, a colorful yet structured space centering around a finely-crafted desk by Clément Mère from the 1920s.


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Tristan Auer has dreamed up a dressing room fit for a modern dandy. At its center, a 1970s neon ceiling lamp, Monumental by Michel Boyer, illuminates the four facets of a socialite’s life — fittings for work, leisure moments, evenings and accessories.


Jean Lanvin’s “table aux oiseau” at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs


Jeanne Lanvin’s private atelier on rue Faubourg Saint Honoré

It’s been a wonderful day. Thanks to all who participated!
x Elizabeth and Susan

Friday Finds!

We have some truly wonderful objects to present to you today!

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This unique 1940s Venini chandelier is from a private home in Paris and it is truly exceptional. Restrained and elegant in expression and proportion … block out the ceiling and other lights in the background of this photo and imagine it in a light and airy entryway or modern dining room. 

It is in pristine condition.  80 cm high and 85 cm wide.
The price is right.  Contact us for more photos.

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Italian 1960s bronze table base. We love the sweeping lines and the perching parrots! We can source a vintage glass top or have a new top made for you. 

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Not our typical ‘find’ but this beautiful pair of 19th century Chinese cache pots on bronze bases enchanted us. It’s rare to find a pair like this in perfect (age appropriate) condition. Just fill with water and add goldfish!

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This floor lamp (‘Les Yeux sans Visage’) in chrome-plated and black lacquered steel and polished aluminum is a true statement piece and we love the shadow created on the wall behind.

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 These ‘Male’ and ‘Female’ lights (1978) in polished cast aluminium and chrome-plated steel are iconic pieces. Limited edition of 30 + 2 artists proofs.

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 This stunning light (1972) in bronze, also by Lebovici is a unique piece. The light head pivots from the base allowing light to be focused directionally.

contact@arte-case for inquires on any of these objects

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Pair of appliqués – ARLUS. Late 1950s. Influenced by Mategot with perforated surface. Good condition.  €2200 the pair.

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Italian brass and amethyst lamp, 1970s. €1200.

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Spanish lamp in stainless steel. Editor is FASE. 1960s space age design.  Rotates on its base and the head pivots so light can be focused. €600.

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Two Murano glass vases sold as a pair – €400. 1970s. Hand crafted – one is very translucent.


1970s Murano glass wall light covers, €1200.

Inquiries about any of these objects: or 06 47 25 09 66


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Friday Finds! StudioDrift’s Ghost Chairs

Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Studio Drift are phenomenally talented! Looking back at their amazing Ghost Chair Collection (2007/2008) of futuristic plexiglass chairs created with laser technology, we were struck again by the originality of their vision. 

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The effect is astonishingly powerful.


Their light sculpture (which we first saw at Design Miami), Fragile Future III is made up of three-dimensional bronze electrical circuits connected to LED lights onto which real dandelions seeds are attached. The effect is dazzling with the ethereal shape of the dandelion seeds creating diffused points of lights on the grid-like structure.



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Happy 15 Août!

Happy 15 Août!
We are enjoying this last big weekend of the summer here in France and looking forward to working from our new headquarters starting in September. 
Here is a peak of our new view!
We’ll be back next week with lots of great Friday finds! 
x Susan and Elizabeth