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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Modern jewelry: Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder is best known for his mobiles, but he also designed as many as 1800 pieces of jewelry for his family and friends. When he was a child, he started making jewelry for his sister's dolls, using wire he found in the streets. By the late 1930s and 1940s, he was creating jewelry reminiscent of his sculptures in form and movement.

Calder made no effort to mass produce his jewelry designs. Instead, he made them as expressions of art and his love for the recipient. When these pieces are auctioned today, they bring incredibly high prices.

From lecabinetdecuriosite.com
All images from calder.org


Belt

Bracelet

Hair comb

Ring

Necklace

Belt

Necklace

Necklace

Ring

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sigvard Bernadotte

Sigvard Bernadotte (1907-2002) was the son of a Swedish king, but he lost his title when he married his first wife and subsequently was given the title of count.

He studied ornamental arts and stage design and at first did theater work in Berlin. However, he was impressed with U.S. industrial designers Henry Dreyfuss, Raymond Loewy and Walter Dorwin Teague, whom he met in the early 1930s, so he redirected his talents into design.

Before starting his own design office in Stockholm, he worked with Acton Bjorn in Copenhagen. Their partnership resulted in the first professional industrial design office in Denmark. He and Bjorn designed for Odhner and Rosti, as well as Facit, Nils Johan, AB Husqvarna Borstfabrik, Bang & Olufsen and Pressalit. Bernadotte also designed for Rosenthal and for Georg Jensen, with whom he had a lifelong contract.

He became one of the first important industrial designers in Sweden, creating many of the country's early iconic designs. Moreover, his office trained and launched the careers of many later Swedish designers.

From hammersby.com



Armchairs
1stdibs.com

Armchairs
fajka.net.pl

Rocking chair
1stdibs.com

Sideboard
lauritz.com

Bowls
svenksdam.se

Picnic set
auktionsprisbanken.se

Can opener
kcomposite.com

Vacuum pitcher
royaldesign.se

Flatware
liveauctioneers.com

Facit TP1 typewriter
oztypewriter.blogspot.com