categories + archives: vintage

How “futurism” inspired the lighting of 20th century designers

image credit: Phillips, London.  Pendant by Carlo Scarpa Carlo Scarpa, Max Ingrand and Serge Mouille certainly rank in the top 10 in vintage lighting design.  And with mid century design gaining a greater share of the limelight, the works of … Continue reading

Ico Parisi makes a statement at Phillips London

Finally Italian mid century design is getting the respect it deserves!  For the past few years, we have seen a run up on prices for French art deco and Scandinavian design all while the fruits of the Italians languished in … Continue reading

designing furniture in postwar california: an introduction to milo baughman

Another great modern furniture icon who came out of the American postwar environment was Milo Baughman (1923-2003).  Like Charles and Ray Eames and Greta Magnusson Grossman, Baughman’s furniture has a decidedly modern vibe and came to define what we think … Continue reading

do you know… franco albini? … a protégé of gio ponti

As you may remember, the first Thursday of every month I’m over at MODENUS as a contributing editor.  Today I bring you the incomparable Franco Albini whose body of work has been largely overlooked due to the huge popularity of … Continue reading

The glorious Tiffany collection from The Garden Museum in Japan

The first Thursday of every month, I’m over at Modenus as a contributing editor.  Today I’m writing about the unfortunate closing of the Garden Museum in Japan and some of the less-traditional Tiffany treasures being offered to the public, so … Continue reading

in-style with impeccable great design: B&B Italia meet Jugendstil

Is this a gorgeous little side table by accomplished American designer Sam Maloof (1916-2009)?  Well, no, not quite right for his style.  Obviously contemporary though, wouldn’t you say?  Look at the way the legs are drawn together so effortlessly and … Continue reading

Line Vautrine’s delicious objects are the perfect holiday gifts for the discerning design aficionado

The ever so chic Maison Gerard in New York has teamed up with 1stdibs to present and offer an incredible private collection of decorative boxes by Line Vautrin (1913-1997) that make the perfect holiday gift.  As you know, her magnificent … Continue reading