Friday Finds!


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. 
H160cm x W60cm.  
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.
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)
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
Inquiries about any of these objects: or 06 47 25 09 66
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