Monthly Archives: July 2011

Jieldé | “luminaire industriel”

Like many people I have a soft spot for the industrial lamps, which have been produced by Jieldé from Lyon in France since the 1950s – and have since become a design classic. Its designer, the French mechanic Jean-Louis Domecq, … Continue reading

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Zig-Zag | “tire bouchon”

Some 10 years ago in France my fascination for vintage mechanical objects immediately attracted me to the classic Zig-Zag corkscrew. I  first noticed them on antiques market and jumble sales, and some specialized stores and market sellers also seemed to stock … Continue reading

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Olivetti Studio 42 | “macchina per scrivere”

Vintage typewriters have long fascinated me – both for their elegance and mechanical ingenuity. For years I have been passively looking for one to buy, and earlier this year stumbled upon a fabulous pre-WWII Olivetti MP1 model at a small antiques … Continue reading

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Heinke-Zwickau | “deckenfächer”

My first visit to Berlin, in the spring of 2008, was very memorable. Former communist East-Berlin is particularly vibrant with lots of cool retro shops and great cafés and restaurants. Our search for a good Berlin breakfast through the cold … Continue reading

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