12/22/11

HAPPY HOLIDAYS !
















Wishing you the best of the season with many thanks from all of us at Amsterdam Modern. We hope you stay safe, eat a little too much, have a chance to relax and enjoy the holidays.



Before we get too wrapped up in celebrations, just a quick note about our holiday schedule.

We will be closed Friday, Dec. 23rd to receive and sort a new container, so look out for fresh vintage finds in the new year.

But if you can't wait to visit us (and really, who can?) please call to schedule an appointment, Dec. 26th - 30th | (818) 590-9100



Looking forward to an exciting New Year and we'd love to see you soon!

FRISO KRAMER



Friso Kramer (born 1922. Amsterdam)

An iconic and influential industrial furniture designer, founding partner of the acclaimed Total Design Bureau, member of the Amsterdamse Kunstraad, Raad voor Industriƫle Vormgeving and the International Design Consortium, visiting lecturer, faculty member, international design juror and innovative Dutch design icon, Friso Kramer has informed and popularized the modernist design aesthetic of the Netherlands since the mid 20th century.


































Perhaps the most notable and classically recognized design is Friso Kramer's 1953 molded plywood and steel 'Revolt' chair. The Revolt Chair became a popular icon of the emerging industrial modernist Dutch style and continues to be a highly sought after design classic. A retrospective of Friso's work was held at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1977 & 1978, and was followed by an exhibition at the Boymans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam in 1991. This last exhibition also saw the publication of the book, "Friso Kramer Industriƫle Vormgeving".



Michael Voltaggio's new restaurant, Ink just opened up in Los Angeles and features a large group of our  vintage Friso Kramer Revolt chairs in the dining area.

For more information or to view our currently available pieces by Friso Kramer, please visit our website or make an appointment to visit us at the Amsterdam Modern warehouse.

9/13/11

GIO PONTI


GIO PONTI (1891-1979) was a poet, painter, industrial designer, architect and founding editor of Domus magazine. Through his designs and his work at Domus, he was the godfather of Italy's post-war design renaissance.


"Love architecture, be it ancient or modern. Love it for its fantastic, adventurous and solemn creations; for its inventions; for the abstract, allusive and figurative forms that enchant our spirit and enrapture our thoughts. Love architecture, the stage and support of our lives." - Gio Ponti







 


“Architecture is made to be looked at. Facades are the wall of the street, and a city is made of streets; the facades are the visible part of the city, they are all of the city that appears.” -Gio Ponti

A passionate propagandist for design excellence, Ponti encourage every person to use good design as a means of enjoying a colorful and sensual life.

Hugely prolific and touching many aspects of design during his lifetime, his daughter, Lisa Licitra Ponti, summarised his work: "Sixty years of work, buildings in thirteen countries, lectures in twenty-four, twenty-five years of teaching, fifty years of editing, articles in every one of the five hundred and sixty issues of his magazines, two thousand five hundred letters dictated, two thousand letters drawn, designs for a hundred and twenty enterprises, one thousand architectural sketches."



We currently have a wonderful pair of Gio Ponti Pieghevole Folding lounge chairs.

Italian walnut, wool, brass, Made in Italy 1958. Sold with certificate of authentication from the Gio Ponti Archives. Signed with stamped manufacturer's mark on frame of each chair.

Available to view on our newly redesigned website : (item S254)

Email or call 818-590-9100 for an appointment.

4/20/11

WEST GERMAN POTTERY





















Seemingly being generally out of fashion after the boom of the 1960's and 1970's, West German pottery has been gaining massive popularity and a dedicated collector base that appreciates its style and eccentric aesthetic. Some of these ceramic pieces are hand-thrown while others are mass-produced stock shapes. Even stock shapes are made unique by the rough textures and the huge range of individual glazes. Size and shape can a petite three inches to well over a few feet tall for the larger floor vases.

Factories that produced these ceramic pieces include Baykeramik, Carstens, Dumler & Breiden, Jopeko, Roth, Ruscha, and Scheurich. Many are only marked with a serial number and often with German or W. Germany on the bottom making it difficult to determine the original designer or manufacturer. Fat Lava, a nickname for this eclectic pieces, references the thick pumice and lava-like glazing. Funnily, because of translation errors on the internet "thick pumice" became "fat lava".

A great book about these funky ceramic pieces is Fat Lava: West German Ceramics of the 1960s and 70s by Mark Hill.

These unique pieces have stayed relatively affordable and have gained a large following. They look great grouped and displayed as collections throughout the home.







We have a number of vintage West German pottery pieces available our Silver Lake retail location as well as the warehouse.

Check out our current availability right HERE.

4/12/11

DESKS

Time to get to work. 















Any office, be it home or work, needs a hardworking and versatile desk as its central hub of activity. Keep it unique with a vintage desk designed in the midst of the mid century office revolution. Steelcase, Danish or American made - we have a number of desks available that are as hardworking as you are.
















A little touch of retro office is always exciting - just like that mid day cocktail.