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Spanish Modern – Fase Lamps

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So it would seem that Fase desk lamps are not very well liked in Spain. They are mementos of Franco’s rule when they adorned the desk of civil servants. Well, this will not be the first time that good design and totalitarianism went hand in hand. But we digress here, this is the topic of another (long) post.

We picked a President model (above) in Brussels a good ten years ago, unaware of its origin, but immediately swayed by the bold cantilevered looks, the superb build quality and the very 1950s alliance of rosewood and dark metal. This was well before we found the desk that would go with it…

Fase table lamp  by $(designerName) for sale at Deconet

Lamps with rosewood were probably reserved for the top brass of the administration and executive desks…

futuristic table lamp by Fase

Interest in Fase lamps seems to be picking up, judging by the current availability of models on sale on the vintage scene both in and outside Europe.

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Where is Spanish vintage design? ask BCNDesign. Fase offer a rare example of Spanish modern

Fase Desk Lamp

Fase produced until the 70s. Below what is probably a late model. Very elegant.

Less sure about this one. Looks like an old lady with the tag dangling from the neck. A sous-President model, but still the strong Fase look.

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March 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm

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From our 50s couch

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Our vintage couch surfing this week:

1. The collection of Serge Mouille’s brother in law goes on sale in France. Expect high prices (HT: Sleek design).

2. The Fondazione Vico Magistretti opened in Milan (HT: Abitare)

3. A Frank LLoyd Wright rug revealed by LAMA (via Prairiemod)

4. A striking white metal table by Charlotte Perriand courtesy Expertissim (in French)

Image HD : Charlotte PERRIAND (1903-1999). Table de salle à manger.

 

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March 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm

From our 50s couch

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Assorted links of interest:

1. We are not usually fans of the craft/organic school of design, but we are nevertheless open to exceptions, such as the Tree Table by Carl Auböck.

2. Jean Royère “wave” lamp (does anybody know the real name?). UPDATE: it’s calledSerpentin” and featured in this auction.

3. Jean Prouvé, La Poetica dell’ Ogetto Tecnico (a Vitra exhibition at the Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio in Switzerland)

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February 25, 2010 at 3:25 am

The most expensive floor lamp ever?

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$ 185,925 – this is the price fetched at the 16 February Artcurial auction by an interior lamppost similar to the ones in La Cité Radieuse in Marseilles and Villa Shodan in Ahmedabad.

Overall the Artcurial sale that we mentioned in our earlier post, sold pretty well in the current context, with 80% of the lots sold (for the furniture) and several pieces going well well above the estimate. The lightings went for very high hammer prices, which seems justified given how unique they are.

A link to the catalog is here.

c

description

realized price

estimate

diff/high

euro

usd

low

high

1

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 meuble de rangement – circa 1960

€ 12,113

$16,457

€ 6,000

€ 8,000

51.4%

2

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 bibliotheque double – circa 1960

€ 7,650

$10,394

€ 6,000

€ 8,000

-4.4%

3

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 paire de commodes – circa 1955

€ 10,838

$14,725

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

8.4%

4

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 bureau – circa 1960

€ 5,100

$6,929

€ 4,000

€ 6,000

-15.0%

5

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 banquette basse – circa 1960

unsold

€ 6,000

€ 8,000

6

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 banquette basse – circa 1960

€ 7,650

$10,394

€ 6,000

€ 8,000

-4.4%

7

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 fauteuil club – circa 1960

€ 9,563

$12,992

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

-4.4%

8

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 table de salle a manger, grand modele – circa 1960

€ 47,628

$64,707

€ 40,000

€ 50,000

-4.7%

9

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 paire de chaises demontables – circa 1960

unsold

€ 6,000

€ 8,000

10

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 bibliotheque basse – circa 1960

€ 37,714

$51,239

€ 6,000

€ 8,000

371.4%

11

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 table eclairante de bibliotheque, petit modele – circa 1960table eclairante de bibliotheque, petit modele…

€ 46,389

$63,024

€ 25,000

€ 30,000

54.6%

37

le corbusier et pierre jeanneret (sous la direction de) (1887-1965) (1896-1967) borne declairage en beton – 1954

€ 14,026

$19,056

€ 12,000

€ 14,000

0.2%

38

le corbusier et pierre jeanneret (sous la direction de) (1887-1965) (1896-1967) borne declairage en beton – 1954

€ 12,750

$17,323

€ 12,000

€ 14,000

-8.9%

39

le corbusier 1887-1965 reverbere dinterieur – 1952

€ 136,848

$185,925

€ 120,000

€ 140,000

-2.3%

66

le corbusier 1887-1965 luminaire lc vii – 1954

€ 32,757

$44,504

€ 10,000

€ 12,000

173.0%

67

le corbusier 1887-1965 luminaire lc vii – 1954

€ 35,235

$47,871

€ 10,000

€ 12,000

193.6%

68

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 canape et trois fauteuils club – circa 1955

€ 40,192

$54,606

€ 25,000

€ 30,000

34.0%

69

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 paire de chauffeuses basses – circa 1960

€ 47,627

$64,707

€ 30,000

€ 40,000

19.1%

71

pierre jeanneretpierre jeanneret 1896-1967 banc trois places – circa 1955banc trois places – circa 1955

€ 6,376

$8,662

€ 5,000

€ 6,000

6.3%

72

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 banc trois places – circa 1955banc trois places – circa 1955

€ 6,376

$8,662

€ 5,000

€ 6,000

6.3%

73

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 paire de fauteuils bas cannes – circa 1955paire de fauteuils bas cannes – circa 1955

€ 9,563

$12,992

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

-4.4%

74

pierre jeanneret (1896-1967) paire de fauteuils bas cannes – circa 1955

€ 9,563

$12,992

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

-4.4%

77

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 bureau courbe a rangement integre – circa 1955

€ 29,039

$39,453

€ 25,000

€ 30,000

-3.2%

78

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 fauteuil public pour la haute cour – circa 1955

€ 26,561

$36,086

€ 3,500

€ 4,000

564.0%

79

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 lit demontable a sangles – circa 1955

unsold

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

80

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 paire de fauteuils bas cannes, demontables – circa 1955

€ 15,301

$20,788

€ 12,000

€ 15,000

2.0%

81

le corbusier et pierre jeanneret (sous la direction de) (1887-1965) (1896-1967) deux volets verticaux profiles en aile davion – cir…

€ 50,105

$68,074

€ 30,000

€ 40,000

25.3%

82

pierre jeanneret (1896-1967) table a dessin – circa 1960

unsold

€ 60,000

€ 80,000

83

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 paire de chauffeuses basses a dossier pliant – circa 1960

unsold

€ 25,000

€ 30,000

84

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 lampadaire – circa 1955

€ 46,388

$63,024

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

363.9%

85

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 lampadaire – circa 1955

€ 42,670

$57,973

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

326.7%

86

pierre jeanneret (1896-1967) table de travail pour sculpteur – circa 1955

€ 56,301

$76,492

€ 30,000

€ 40,000

40.8%

87

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 table de salle manger – circa 1960

unsold

€ 12,000

€ 15,000

88

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 six chaises tapissees – circa 1955

unsold

€ 15,000

€ 20,000

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February 22, 2010 at 3:49 am

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Dutch treat

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Every modern furniture lover will drool in front masterpieces of industrial design like the Compass desk by Jean Prouve, the incredibly elegant M400 helicoidal spiral staircase from Roger Tallon, or the Mies Van der Rohe Brno chair.

Industrial design is consubstantial to the evolution of modern design. Thonet was the precursor with its No. 14 bistro chair. The Bauhaus and American schools of design (the Spring 2010 issue of Modernism has a very nice piece on Gilbert Rohde) investigated the possibilities offered by industrial production techniques to explore new forms and materials such as tubular steel and achieve the cost benefits of mass production.

Simplicity, functionality, versatility, robustness, existence outside of home, and the use of common materials come to define what is industrial furniture design, although we at Alvar and I are not entirely convinced that a satisfactory definition exists (or is needed for that matter).

Well, let us stop here since this post is not so much to write about the history of design than to celebrate the elegance of Dutch design, which we have become to be interested in lately, and not just the pioneers Mart Stam and Gerrit Rietveld.

In the 1950s true to the spirit of modernism of functional and democratic furniture, designers like Wim Rietveld, Dirk Cordemeijer, Friso Kramer, Wilhelm Gispen and Coen de Vries, for manufacturers such as Pilastro, Ahrend de Cirkel, Auping and Gispen.

In true Dutch spirit this is vintage that is practical and still affordable. We hope you will enjoy some of our favorites(from Mid Mod Design a good and friendly dealer for Dutch industrial design):

Coen de Vries¦Toonladder¦Pilastro

Dirk Cordemeijer¦Cleopatra bed¦Auping

Friso Kramer¦Revolt Chair¦Ahrend de Cirkel

Wim Rietveld¦Floor lamp¦Gispen