This Achille Castiglioni lamp on a chromed metal base was manufactured circa 1970. In this lamp the Italian designer explored the expressive possibilities of a synthetic fibre made of plastic polymers. This material, known as cocoon, was initially used by the U.S. army to preserve unused wartime transports; it had already been employed in the early fifties by George Nelson for lamps in which the structure was visible. Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002), an Italian designer known for turning everyday industrial items into modern masterpieces, was born in 1918 in Milan. He studied architecture and then began designing with his older brothers, Livio and Pier Giacomo. In 1945, Achille and Pier began designing on their own. The tight-knit nature of the brothers´ collaboration extended to their relationships with manufacturers. The duo´s best-known work includes the Arco lamp (based on a streetlight) and the Toio lamp (inspired by a car headlight) for Flos and the Sella seat (which features a bicycle seat supported by a pole) and the Mezzadro stool (which incorporates a tractor seat) for Zanotta. After Pier suffered an early death in 1968, Achille continued to design solo until his own passing in 2002.
This William Plunkett sofa, model Kingston, was made in 1967. The design incorporates individual upholstered parts, and the frame and legs are made of aluminum, steel, and chrome. The sofa was reupholstered some years ago in black leather and has been cleaned and polished. The curved design and thick, padded seats make the sofa both sturdy and comfortable.
The Dornier Do 335 was conceived as a high-speed, all-weather fighter, and represented the pinnacle of piston-engined aircraft design. The Do 335 was a big aircraft, weighing just over 10,000kg when laden with fuel, equipment, and pilot, yet powered by two Daimler-Benz DB 603 engines, it was capable of reaching a maximum speed of 750km/h at 6400 meters, making it the fastest piston engine aircraft produced in Germany during World War II. Some forty aircraft were built between late 1943 and the end of the war, and it was intended to deploy the type as a day fighter, bomber, night fighter, bad weather interceptor, and reconnaissance aircraft, all of which were intended to incorporate the latest armament, bomb sights, communications, and radar equipment, as well as an ejector seat. Featuring archive photography and specially commissioned artwork, this is the full story of the aircraft that the Luftwaffe hoped would turn the tide of the war.
This P40 lounge chair, designed by Osvaldo Borsani in 1954 for Tecno, features a black metal base with brass handles and details. The rubber arms are in very good condition and the mechanisms operate well. Following on the success of the D70 sofa at the 10th Triennale Exhibition of 1954, Borsani began work on the idea of a mechanical joint that could allow an armchair the freedom of movement necessary to assume different positions, especially for relaxation. The P40 was the ideological manifesto of Tecno design as seen by Borsani. With the P40, Borsani strove to find a technical way to extend the potential of the classic chaises longues designed by some of the Modernist Movement’s most well-known architects. The P40 overcame the static nature of the fixed and bulky ´comfortable chair´ and offered an alternative of smaller dimensions, capable of opening in a fan-like manner through a series of settings from any position between full reclined and completely closed. Borsani’s P40 is a relaxing chair made from mobile elements. A metal pedestal supports the seat and backrest which are pivoted to permit all possible angles. A fold-away element under the seat can pivot outwards to provide extended leg support and incorporates a pull-out metal foot-rest. The arms are in steel and rubber.
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