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Poul Kjaerholm (Denmark, 1929-1980)

Pk101 candelabrum for Kold Christensen. 1956.

Brushed steel. Stamped ‘Denmark’. According to Michael Sheridan’s catalogue raisonne on Kjaerholm, the double-helix design of the PK101 illustrates Kjaerholm’s desire to emulate abstraction and economy of form found in the plant kingdom. The thin steel rods attached to the central tube exploit the high tensile strength of steel to reduce the rods to their minimum diameter. The rods were threaded at both ends in order to support a set of rings sized to fit the typical Danish candle commonly used at Christmas.

Together with this candelabrum we are including a set of small ball shaped candles with an extending section to fit the rings of the candelabrum – The candles are designed by Timo Sarpanava.

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Illmari Tapiovaara (Finland, 1914-1999)

model 32, ‘Wilhelmiina’ chair

Oy Wilh. Schumann AB Finland 1960s.

The Wilhelmiina 32 chair was designed in 1959. The legs are constructed in laminated birch with “fountain bend”. The suspended seat and back are in black lacquered moulded plywood.

The design is reminiscent of Alvar Aalto, whom Tapiovaara counted as a strong influence. In World War II Tapiovaara designed dugouts and field furniture to the Finnish Army, a challenging task given that only local wood and simple tools could be used, and no nails or screws were available.

Manufacturers label to the underside.

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

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P1230915

Vladimir Kagan (1927-2016 Ger/USA)

Two early edition ‘Capricorn’ chaise lounges. These chairs are in original vintage condition and would benefit from restoration from any prospective buyer. (We could have restored them but decided to leave them as they were).

One has been painted white and one is simply rusty at the moment – They would both look great when restored.

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Robin Day (Uk 1915-2010)

Hille, London. 1952. Unit ‘C’ sideboard.

This is the rarest of all of Robin Day’s sideboards. It has black glass doors with shaped wooden handles, metal legs, beech exterior. Inside are two small drawers and some internal shelving.

++++++++++++++++++NO LONGER AVAILABLE++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

It retains its Hille company badge inside.

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H.Fillekes (c.20th Netherlands)

Artiforte, Netherlands

Magneto Lamp 1954-58 Lacquered steel.

This rare ‘Magneto’ floor lamp was only produced for a short period in limited numbers. Its name refers to the magnetic ball that attaches the counter-balanced stem to the tripod base. The result is a very elegant functional and sculptural piece in the spirit of the postwar period.

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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

P1140774

Georges Jouve (France, 1910- 1964) &/for Marcel Asselbur

Rare 1950s wall mirror / coat hanger with four brass arms each with a black ceramic sculptural form attached. Made for and in part with Marcel Asselbur (the two collaborated throughout the 1950s to produce domestic items)

Good condition – minimal signs of age/use.

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