Vintage Olivetti…

Ever since I saw a framed vintage Olivetti poster a few weeks back at an antique store, I've been somewhat obsessed at finding another one just like it online. Well, I guess that's what happens when you say, "I'll think about…" to the sales person because the next day, someone came along and purchased it. While I was doing all sorts of research, I found more posters (some even better than the one that I started with), ads, manuals… I particularly like this ad (above) for their blue-green potrable typewriter in 1970, featuring Twiggy. So I put together a few of my favorites to share with you here – they truly are feasts for the eyes. The colors and graphics are vibrant and fun. Corky at times, but I think it fits the Olivetti look and personality. And all these great designs for a typewriter, gotta love that. Sadly I couldn't find the one that I saw at the store… should have known it was a rare piece!

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Vintage Eames…

Have you ever wondered, standing in front of a fabulous piece of vintage furniture, whether you are purchasing a genuine or replica design? Be it a chair, table, lamp, or even a clock? This pair of vintage chairs really piqued my curiosity when I spotted them sitting outside an antique store. No doubt my first thought was, “Yes! I found a pair of vintage Eames fiberglass shell chairs!” When I flipped them over to see if they bore any markings on the bottom – there were none – my heart quickly sank. The base/frame was a bit questionable as well, so that didn't help with the situation neither. Still, I wasn't entirely convinced. What if these are in fact the originals and they are just so worn out that the markings were gone? So I conducted my own investigation, well, more like research really. What I came across was more than just "evidence" that the pair of chairs I saw were indeed not originals (boo!), but rather a whole lot of vintage Eames product literatures, postcards, color swatches, order forms… There is something very nostalgic and magical about these printed materials. Or maybe it’s just really refreshing to see them on such a simple and basic level. There are no bells and whistles, just good, honest designs. Got to appreciate that…

Just for fun, found this 1963 vintage Herman Miller poster/ad. If I wasn't convinced before, I am now. Not only were the pair of chairs I saw indeed fakes, and I bet they were circa 1963 too!

 

{ images: top, camera phone image by Peggy Wong / 2 – 6 / 7 }

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