Stati D'Animo Modern Glass Wall Mirror Panels. These spectacular glass mirror panels are incredible! These glass mirrors are available in either concave (inwards) or convex (outwards). A combination with several of these mirror panels mixed together creates an amazing wall sculpture as pictured in the above example, where nine (9) mirrors where used. These very attractive modern glass wall mirror panels were designed by Antonio De Angelis for Tonelli in Italy. These incredible mirrors will look grand in any modern interior and are perfect for an entrance, living room, bedroom, bathroom, office, etc. The mirror glass thickness is 0.16" (4mm). The weight of each mirror is 4.41 lbs (2 kg). We also offer an optional bar to suspend the mirrors from: choose from two options; a bar for two mirrors or a bar for three mirrors. Alternatively, these mirrors can also be attached to a wall with professional installation-quality glue.
This spectacular glass table is a classic! This very attractive modern glass coffee table was designed by Karim Rashid for Tonelli in Italy. Dekon 2 is a coffee table made entirely out of glass. This modern table is perfect for use as a side table, coffee table, occasional table. This captivating table will look grand in any modern interior. The particular angles of this low table produce a pleasant effect of continuity of the glass surface. This modern glass table can be placed directly on floor or lift up on feet (included).
This modern table is made by Tonelli in Italy. Tonelli manufactures furniture and designer objects in glass. Tonelli was founded in the mid 1980's as the result of a deep and lasting passion for research and experimentation with glass. Tonelli specializes in glass design, glass furnishings, furniture, glass table, chair, trolleys, showcases, glass tv trolleys, glass table tops, glass tables, glass dining tables, glass sofa tables, glass coffee tables.
This peaceful water fountain combines the relaxing elements of Japanese Zen Gardens with the soothing sound of water. The water gently flows from an organic-shaped stainless steel rock onto the black pebble river stones. This calming tabletop water fountain is a treat for the senses and provides a visually pleasing place for rest and relaxation. Fun to touch, soothing to hear, and total eye candy! This modern fountain is perfect for the home and office environment. This attractive tabletop waterfall fountain is powered with a 110 volt ultra quiet water pump. This fountain is made from durable stainless steel and black river pebbles. Made in Germany for unsurpassed precision-made quality!
Modern Indoor Waterfall Fountain. We love this attractive modern waterfall for indoor use. The cascading water creates a relaxing atmosphere and is perfect for the office or the home. This beautiful modern cascading waterfall adds a wonderful touch to any wall space. Fun to touch, soothing to hear, and total eye candy!
This attractive indoor waterfall fountain is powered with a 110 volt ultra quiet water pump. This fountain is made completely from durable stainless steel. Made in Germany for unsurpassed precision-made quality!
Above: Airflow Scooter by Harold L. Van Doren
We recently re-discovered the design of Harold L. Van Doren (1895-1957). Harold L. Van Doren was one of the most groundbreaking designers of the early 20th century. Harold L. Van Doren was a prolific industrial designer and created numerous iconic streamlined design items including toys, radios, fans, etc.
We love this streamlined modern tricycle which he designed in the 1930's for the American National Company. This timeless sporty red tricycle is constructed of handcrafted steel and modeled after the classic 1934 Van Doren design displayed in museums. Timeless treasure featuring chrome trim, durable steel spokes, solid rubber wheels, a leather saddle seat, working headlight, and adjustable handlebars.
Above: Skippy Airflow Tricycle by Harold L. Van Doren
Answers list some additional info on Harold L. Van Doren; One of the first generation of American industrial designers Van Doren began working in the field in the 1930s. His early visual outlook was informed by a training in art history, studying at the École de Louvre in Paris, lecturing in the Louvre Museum, and translating important texts by Ambroise Vollard on Cézanne and Renoir. He held the post of assistant director at the Institute of Art in Minneapolis from 1927 until 1930 when he established a design consultancy with John Gordon Rideout in Toledo, Ohio. An early collaborative product was their plastic-cased Air King radio of 1933, the stepped-back form of which echoed the lines of contemporary skyscrapers. In the same year Harold Van Doren & Associates replaced their earlier partnership. Van Doren and Rideout worked on a number of designs for children's play equipment for the American National Company in the mid-1930s, comprising the streamlined Skippy Airflow pedal car, tricycle, and scooter. Other Van Doren clients included the Toledo Scale Co., the Ex-Cell-O Aircraft and Machine Tool Co., and Philco. In 1944 Van Doren's company underwent a further name change, becoming Van Doren, Nowland & Schladermundt in 1944. Van Doren was also an interesting writer, publishing Industrial Design: A Practical Guide (1940). In it he argued for teamwork in design, recommending that each consultancy should include a designer, an engineer, a technical specialist, and others with a knowledge of manufacturing, production processes, retailing, and distribution. Furthermore, Van Doren sought to imbue contemporary debates about the newly emerging industrial design profession with a note of caution, pointing out that the majority of American manufacturers neither saw the advantages of industrial design as a business tool nor the need for the implementation of longer-term design strategies.
We assume nobody with a right mind would consider putting up a painting of a two-headed monster in their living room (unless you are into Dungeons & Dragons perhaps) but I guess this could possibly be a well-deserved exception to the rule. If you are one of the last-standing Russian oil-tycoons (thanks to your connections with the Kremlin) and you still have a resilient budget, you may wish to consider this colorful cubist art work by Pablo Picasso. Seriously now, this is one of the better works from Pablo Picasso so hopefully the MET, MoMA or Louvre can get a hold of it. This amazing cubist work was titled "La Fille de l'Artiste a Deux Ans et Demi avec un Bateau" which translates to "The Girl of the Artist at 2.5 Years with a Boat". Picasso painted the work in 1938 and his muse was Maya Picasso who is the subject of the portrait. We seriously doubt that Picasso gave Maya the boat (Pablo was just too self centered). But at least he made the painting. The medium is Oil on Canvas and it measures 73cm x 54cm (NASA uses metric for good reason, so should we since every millimeter of this painting is worth plenty more its weight in gold).
Not for the faint of hearth, this Picasso painting has an estimate of 16 to 24 million dollars. We are not fans of everything Pablo Picasso did (sticking pins in bulls is downright disturbed). But this work is exceptional in every way and very-well deserves its attention. It seems that lately, a lot of incredible art pieces are coming out of the woodwork, so that's a definite plus about this economy. We finally have a chance to see these incredible works of art which would otherwise be stored in dusty Upper East side closets or Fortune 500 boardrooms. First we had the Yves Saint Laurent collection and now this. Sotheby's has the sale. The auction will take place on May 5th in New York. Sale N08546 and lot number 15.
Catalog notes from Sotheby's:
Painted only months after he had finished his harrowing Guernica, this picture clearly evidences that Maya was a great source of joy in Picasso's life, even on the eve of the Second World War. Maya was the daughter of Picasso's young mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter, born in secrecy in 1935 while Picasso was still married to Olga. The baby girl presented new and delightful artistic challenges for her father, as Maya once explained in a reminiscence: "I was to bring something new to his interpretation of a child: I was a girl. From one point of view it was marvelous – a child he had had with Marie-Thérèse, a daughter, the worst woman in a man's life apart from his mother – the impossible mistress! He had to find a way of seducing this little goddess!" (quoted in Werner Spies, ed., Picasso's World of Children, New York, 1991, p. 60).
Picasso's palette for this picture captures the liveliness and playfulness of Maya's nursery. For the background he has chosen a robin's egg blue, which he also uses for the highlights of her blonde hair. He depicts her holding a favorite toy boat, which features in other portraits from this time, and a colorful pinwheel in her chubby hand. Although her face is depicted with the Surrealist distortion that was common in Picasso's pictures of Dora Maar and Marie-Thérèse from this era, her body is distinctly that of a child. "With a dab of color, a particular gesture, or the placing of a foot, he was able to capture the character of each of us" Maya remembers. "I, for example, am rather a fidget, and some portraits of me show me with arms and legs as if dislocated through such agitation. That's how I was then. That's how I am still." (ibid., p. 65).
The playful essence of Picasso's daughter, who was a constant presence in his studio, has been captured in this bold composition. While her father worked on the large canvas for Guernica, Maya would innocently pat her hands on the surface, recognizing the distinguishable profile of her mother in the faces of the anguished victims of the massacre. Maya, in fact, bore many of the physical characteristics of Marie-Thérèse, and Picasso preserved those features in his portraits of the toddler. In the midst of painterly elements of abstraction and exaggeration, we can see the distinct, dimpled chin of the little girl, whose almond-shaped eyes and rigid bone-structure are clearly traits of her Tutonic provenance. Maya wrote that the portraits that her father painted of her were "unbelievably true to life. Everything's here: my little girl's clothes, my hair, even my toys, and yet...these are marvelous portraits" (ibid., p. 58).
Portraiture captured Picasso's imagination perhaps more than any other subject in his oeuvre. These canvases were a means for him to express any given emotion, be it his passion for Marie-Thérèse, his resentment towards Olga or his adoration for his children. In fact, it is in Picasso's portraits of his children – Paulo, Maya, Paloma and Claude – that we see the artist at his most joyous and content, and his depictions of children at play are perhaps the most exuberant of all of his canvases. It was no secret that Picasso revered childhood, and in his art he attempted to capture the spirit and freedom that usually eludes adults. Playing with his children presented him with an opportunity to reclaim his lost youth, and his portraits of them were extensions of that cherished playtime. Maya remembers how her father would become engrossed in depicting his children, and how he approached the endeavor with all of his senses: "With his eyes he looked at us. With his hands he drew and modeled us. With his skin, his nostrils, his hear, his soul, even his guts, he felt what we were, what was concealed within us, our essence. This, I think, is why he had such enormous insights into human beings, however young they might be" (ibid., p. 57).
As was the case for his favorite portraits of family members, this stunning picture remained in Picasso's collection until his death in 1973. After that, it was inherited by Maya's niece, Marina, the daughter of her half-brother Paulo.
The Eames LCW chair is one of our favorites. This iconic modern design chair is now available in a classy white stain veneer finish, as well as plenty of other colors. The Eames LCW chair was designed by Charles & Ray Eames in 1946. The Eames LCW chair was designed to comfortably fit the body. The sculptural form of the molded plywood LCW chair is made by producing thin sheets of lightweight veneer which is gently molded into curved shapes with natural rubber shock mounts to absorb movement.
With a grand sense of adventure, Charles and Ray Eames turned their curiosity and boundless enthusiasm into creations that established them as a truly great husband-and-wife design team. Their unique synergy led to a whole new look in furniture. Lean and modern. Playful and functional. Sleek, sophisticated, and beautifully simple. That was and is the "Eames look."
That look and their relationship with Herman Miller started with molded plywood chairs in the late 1940s and includes the world-renowned Eames lounge chair, now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Charles and Ray achieved their monumental success by approaching each project the same way: Does it interest and intrigue us? Can we make it better? Will we have "serious fun" doing it?
They loved their work, which was a combination of art and science, design and architecture, process and product, style and function. "The details are not details," said Charles. "They make the product."
A problem-solver who encouraged experimentation among his staff, Charles once said his dream was "to have people working on useless projects. These have the germ of new concepts."
Their own concepts evolved over time, not overnight. As Charles noted about the development of the Molded Plywood Chairs, "Yes, it was a flash of inspiration," he said, "a kind of 30-year flash."
With these two, one thing always seemed to lead to another. Their revolutionary work in molded plywood led to their breakthrough work in molded fiberglass seating. A magazine contest led to their highly innovative "Case Study" house. Their love of photography led to film making, including a huge seven-screen presentation at the Moscow World's Fair in 1959, in a dome designed by their friend and colleague, Buckminster Fuller.
A design critic once said that this extraordinary couple "just wanted to make the world a better place." That they did. They also made it a lot more interesting.
Put on some color with the Alessi Kaj watch designed by Karim Rashid for the Italian design house Alessi. The modernist "Kaj" line from Alessi was designed by Karim Rashid, known for his innovative groundbreaking creations and approach to design. Kaj is a large Unisex watch available in a variety of vivid colors and has a fluorescent hour hand. In Karim Rashid's words, the collection is 'symbolic of technology, the cosmos, and the passage and cyclical nature of time.' In layman's terms, they're just very attractive watches.
These modern glass table lights are very stylish and attractive. The Murano Air Can table lights were designed by Italian glass designer Christophe Pillet for Mazzega in Murano Italy. The Air Can table lamps have a shape which is reminiscent of Japanese lanterns. These modern table lights are made with handblown Murano glass. These exquisite Italian glass table lamps are made in Murano, the island of glass near Venice. These refined lamps are crafted by hand with the utmost care to detail by master glass makers. These modern lights are the perfect fit for both classical and modern interiors. The beauty of light perfected!
We love this modern Murano glass chandelier with its twirling glass pendants. A truly exceptional hand crafted glass pendant lamp designed by master Murano glass-maker Manuel Vivian. Suspended from a polished chrome metal ceiling disk, a cluster of strings rains down, each ending with a Murano glass spiral that slowly twists, mixing reflections with shadows and light. The result fulfills Manuel Vivian's desire to provoke imagination as users are captivated by this lamp that's like an illuminated mobile. A gentle breath brings these clear and luminous crystals to life. The Murano glass spirals have a crystal flashing finish which creates a radiant atmosphere.
Here is another example of a very organic wall lamp which was inspired by nature. This modern wall sconce was designed by Janne Kyttanen for Freedom of Creation in the Netherlands. Dahlia is inspired by the mathematics of nature and arrangement of flower pedals. It leaves an astonishing shadow on the surface where it is mounted and a very subtle light on the pedals. Dahlia works best in interiors when more sconces are repeated after each other on large surfaces. This light can be mounted on the wall as well as on the ceiling.
This contemporary wall sconce has a wonderful radial pattern similar like that of a Coneflower. The 1597 wall sconce was designed by Janne Kyttanen for Freedom of Creation in the Netherlands. 1597 is based on the Fibonacci sequence of numbers appearing in the nature all around. 1597 is inspired by the Coneflower and the way its seeds’ growing patterns are arranged. All the holes in this shade are arranged around the bulb, so no matter where you look at it, you can’t escape the beautiful rays of light it creates. 1597 can be mounted on the wall or on the ceiling. Due to being such a strong decorative shape, it works well as s single source of light as well as an arrayed sequence of lights.
Mid Century Modern Cylinder Pendant Lights. These modern pendant lights are timeless classics! The gracious modern lights are perfect in every way and feature a nice minimal industrial design touch which will never go out of fashion. These modern pendant lights are easy to install, durable and reliable. They are the perfect fit for small residential- and large scale commercial projects.
Pascal Hausermann created the amazing space age Motel "l'Eau Vivre" in 1967. This amazing structure resembles our much beloved Barbapapa House. Either Pascal Hausermann was inspired by the French Barbapapa TV-series and children books or the other way around! The motel was built for a local hotel owner in the city of "Raon-l'Etape" in the "Vosges" district of France and is situated on a small island in the middle of a river. Back in 1967, the hotel owner wanted to build a second hotel and hired Pascal Hausermann for the job.
During the last 40 plus years, the motel went through several owners and was even abandoned for a while but surprisingly, the entire structure still stands, pretty much unchanged with exception of the interiors! The current owner, the Methot family, restored it to near perfection and renamed it the "MUSEUMOTEL L'UTOPIE". Now for the best part, the hotel is open for business so you can actually stay in this amazing place! Here is the link: http://www.museumotel.com/resa.htm
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Since 1959, Pascal Hausermann, bohemian architect, visionary, utopian and poet has tried to dream, to invent, to experiment creating a different type architecture, new forms of housing, for a freedom to build without boundaries... It was part of an alternative architectural movement designed to counteract the conformism of building construction which depends on rigid rules or structures. Pascal Hausermann's architecture offered an organic round womb type of dwelling, an entirely different way to live.
With more than 50 architectural achievements Pascal Hausermann is one of the most prolific modern French architects. Several other architects who made homes in the same style of architecture included Antti Lovag, Eero Saarinen, Guy Rottier, Jean-Louis Chanéac, Benjamin Maneval, Joël Unal, Daniel Grataloup among many others.
Of the 50 structures that were built by Pascal Hausermann, probably only 20 still stand today.
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Above: Modern Minimal Wall Sconce: Dual Indoor & Outdoor Wall Sconce
Your search is over! NOVA68 has released some fantastic mid century modern wall sconces in a variety of shapes and colors. These fabulous modern wall sconces are mid century modern classics! These gracious streamlined mid century modern wall sconces will provide the perfect harmonic balance with your modern home. Easy to install, durable and reliable. These modern design wall sconces are the perfect fit for small residential- and large scale commercial projects. These modern wall sconces will blend in perfectly with modern architecture from William Cody, Albert Frey, Donald Wexler, Palmer & Krisel, Richard Neutra, Bill and Jim Streng, Joe Eichler, etc.
Above: Mid Century Modern Wall Sconce: Classic Single Wall Sconce
Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) celebrates Earth Day with the release of the space age styled Peapod Electric Car. This car looks like it came straight from the set of Woody Allen's Sleeper (1973). This modern electric car is earth friendly and has one of the cutest behinds we have ever seen, decide for yourself:
The Peapod is a product of Chrysler's ENVI design and engineering division. ENVI is a skunkworks style operation dedicated to electrically powered vehicles. The organization is said to operate semi-independently to facilitate moving quickly outside the normal corporate climate.
This could be the coolest iPod accessory yet: Chrysler's GEM division has introduced a docking station on wheels. And, it can carry you and three friends along with a tune. Launched today in recognition of Earth Day, GEM calls the new docking station "Peapod," and it is actually a futuristic neighborhood electric vehicle, or NEV. Unlike the current GEM car that has an exposed tubular structure, the Peapod offers a sleek, ultramodern, and fully enclosed form. In contrast, when it rains the current open GEM design must be enclosed with accessory cab components if you want to stay dry.
Clearly, the Peapod's design language is intended to look very futuristic. Its rounded teardrop form offers large expanses of tinted glass, including a large overhead glass roof panel. The body design maximizes interior space and has four high-back bucket seats with space saving mesh seatbacks. The dash area is a large elliptical shape with a center dock that can accommodate an iPod or iPhone.
The car is built on a 102 inch wheelbase with an overall length of 143.6 inches. It is 56.5 inches wide and 70.5 inches tall. For contrast, that's just two inches shorter in overall length than a
MINI Cooper with a longer wheelbase. Its turning circle is 32 feet curb-to-curb. Base vehicle weight is estimated to be 1,290 pounds, and with a rated payload capacity of 910 pounds the maximum gross vehicle weight is 2,200 pounds. The Peapod is built on an aluminum spaceframe that's supported by dual A-arm front suspension with coil-over shocks and rack-and-pinion steering.
Buyers will have a choice of either six flooded electrolyte 12-volt lead acid batteries or optional maintenance-free batteries. The Peapod's 72-volt electrical system will have an onboard charger that will top off the batteries in six to eight hours from a standard 110-volt outlet. No details have been released on the electric motor, but the platform will be front-wheel-drive and feature regenerative braking. A full charge will yield approximately 30 miles of range, depending on terrain.
Neighborhood electric vehicles like the Peapod are street-legal low-speed vehicles that can be driven in most states on public roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or lower. NEVs are electronically governed to have a top speed of 25 mph to meet federal requirements. They're intended for use in congested urban areas, gated communities, and private and public lands that can benefit from their low-impact, zero tailpipe emissions electric drive.
Chrysler also took the occasion of the Peapod launch to rename its neighborhood electric vehicle division. Formerly Global Electric Motors, GEM now stands for Green Eco Mobility. GEM, based in Fargo, North Dakota, has produced more than 38,000 vehicles since 1998. The current GEM line includes two, four, and six seat models, along with models designed for cargo hauling and specialty applications. Those 38,000 GEM cars have now amassed more than 200 million miles, saving an estimated 10 million gallons of gasoline and 150 tons of tailpipe emissions.
As an accessory to your iPod, the Peapod will be offered in a rainbow of bright colors that complete the statement. And if you need one more reason to fall for the Peapod, take a look at the front - it's always smiling.
The Peapod is scheduled to go into production in 2009 and represents a major component of Chrysler's reinvigorated emphasis on electric drive. Company CEO Bruce Coventry also shares that GEM will follow the Peapod with a new, larger city electric vehicle and light-duty commercial electric truck. Expect to see more on these new electric vehicles in the near future since they're slated to go into production within the next year.