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Massimo Vignelli (Italy, 1931-2014)

Venini, Murano, Italy in 1957-60

A very rare soft tone yellow ‘Fungo’ Mushroom Lamp designed by Massimo Vignelli.

This is the middle size of the three sizes manufactured (25cm high)

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JJP Oud (Netherlands 1890-1963)
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Very rare JJP Oud chair from the director’s room of the Shell Oil company building, completed just after WWII in The Hague /1950.
Probably manufactured by HP Mutters & Sons or Eckhart’s meubelfabrik – Two companies that manufactured other known pieces from the building, now in the Boijman museum collection in Rotterdam.
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The chair/design and the design of the interior from which it came is fully documented in Elizabeth Reinhartz-Tergau’s excellent book on the architect published by Boijman van Beuningen museum in 1990 /p.155. (See image 2 which shows the documented image below the supporting text)

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Maria Hees (Netherlands 1948 – Now)

A rare artwork / prototype wall light. 1970s.

This rare prototype art object was produced in the 1970s by Maria Hees. It has several layers of moulded plastic fitted around a transformer, a fuse and a bulb. (some damage as would be expected with such a fragile item)

With provenance.

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Marcel Breuer (Hungary/usa 1902-1981)

First edition model b34 cantilever chair from the 1920s/30s for Thonet.

These early versions had the curved under-seat to the frame.

The thick velvet type fabric to the seat and back have been on the chair for many years. They may be original to the chair as we have found Breuer chairs in the Bauhaus archives with the same type of fabric.

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Late 19th Century Circa 1880s / Gothic Revival linen cabinet.

Designer Unknown. 100 x 176.5 x 42.5cm

With hand-painted decoration and internal shelving

This late c19th Dutch cabinet is full of character and demonstrates a crucial period in the development of early modernist aesthetics. It is in the style of Pierre Cuypers (although has many similarities to various British designers of the period, such as Thomas Seddon, William Burges – However, it is more primitive in its materials, refinement of manufacture and decorative finish. This gives it real ‘folksy’ charm and plenty of character!

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Stockmann Orno AB. 1960s.

The design mostly attributed nowadays to Lisa Johansson-Pape although it was most probably by Olof Ottelin.

…in 1965-66, around 20 years after Pape left the Stockmann furniture department and went to Orno to start a career in lighting design. A move that was intended to be temporary, but eventually took over her passion and the rest of her long bright career” (Haddadindesign/ Instagram page 24/12/17)

Solid pine wood – Table and four chairs.

Rare large sized dining table (99 x 87 x 72.5cm) and four stools (35 x 35 x 43.5). This early production set is in superb condition having just the right colour and patina from regular use as would be desired. A rare set.

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Yrjö Ilmari Tapiovaara (Finland, 1914-1999)

Manufactured by Laukaan Puu Finland, late 1950s as a very limited edition.

A dark varnished Pine and beech wood structure with green rexine doors and black painted wooden legs.

The Pirkka range by the Finnish interior architect and designer Ilmari Tapiovaara is one of the most popular Finnish furniture ranges qualifying with an almost cult status in the mid-century modern markets. The Pirkka range was designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara in 1955 and it alludes to the forms of Finnish rustic furniture.

With the mind of an explorer and soul of a craftsman, Ilmari Tapiovaara was always seeking for new solutions to improve everyday objects. Tapiovaara is especially revered as a modernist master of characteristic, human objects and surroundings.

Although Pirkka series furniture is fairly common to find, the sideboards are what can only be described as ‘rare as hen’s teeth’; possibly one of the rarest of Tapiovaara’s designs.

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Ref: Svenskberg, Aila (ed.): Ilmari Tapiovaara: Life and Design. Translated by Jüri Kokkonen. Helsinki: Designmuseo, 2014