Vintage Nan Swid Silver Plated Three Piece On-Ice Bowl

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This gorgeous three piece set includes one bowl, a tray insert, and a glass bowl insert. Two of the three pieces could be used independently of the others. An ideal use would be for an hors d’oeuvre that should remain cold. Imagine: ice in the bowl, shrimp arranged on the tray, a cocktail sauce in the glass bowl. Or, better, the elegance and beauty of caviar presented in this refined vessel. Marked Nan Swid with sticker “Made in China” this bowl was created prior to 1982 when Nan Swid and Addie Powell left Knoll International and founded SwidPowell.

Known for producing objects with form and function, SwidPowell commissioned pieces from internationally known architects. Architects included Richard Meier, Robert A.M. Stern, Frank Gehry and other design luminaries. The wares they produced ranged from silver to porcelain, candlesticks to tea pots.

The two pieces are silver plated, the third, glass. All pieces are in very good to excellent vintage condition.

Measurements: 10″ diameter x 4.75″ tall, glass bowl 3.5″ x 2.25″

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Glass Jar with Silver Plated Cap

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This pretty glass jar has not only decorative non-functional handles as embellishment but a silver plated cap. We don’t believe the jar was fitted with the cap when it was originally sold but when we discovered it among family treasures and oddities the two were paired and so they shall remain. It is in very good to excellent vintage condition, perfect for a floral bouquet-minus the cap. We could also envision up-cycling it as a unique terrarium with moss and tiny ferns.

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Silver Chevron Memphis Inspired 80s Zig Zag Candlesticks

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Boring, endless research aside, we remain excited about this pair of one of a kind candlesticks. Their design is anything but boring! Originally purchased in the 80s, as designers, we recognize these as another example of works inspired by the international design movement referred to as Memphis. The group, comprised of industrial designers working chiefly in Milan, Italy included Ettore Sottssass, Matteo Thun, Peter Shire, George Sowden, Michele De Lucchi, Nathalie du Pasquier, Marco Zannini, … The influence of the then avante-garde design was also seen stateside. The playful geometry, including chevrons, or zig zags, and circles on these extraordinary candlesticks; a nod to modern or post modern design.

Believed to be solid sterling, unmarked by artist, designer, or maker, these candlesticks are beautiful, individually made, sand cast. While the patina from decades of storage was lovely, we chose to clean and polish them prior to photographing them. They have never been used for anything but display, obvious from the design and pristine condition of the candle holders.

Measurements: 8″ tall x 5″ wide x 2″ deep

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Karim Rashid for Nambe Studio Jimini Cream and Sugar Vessels

Nambe Jimini Cream and Sugar Vessels
Nambe Studio Jimini Cream and Sugar Vessels
Nambe Studio Jimini Cream and Sugar Vessels
Nambe Studio Jimini Cream and Sugar Vessels

International design star Karim Rashid knows few bounds. Industrial designer, graphic designer, interior designer, … his dna has effected brands and their products we live with and reach for daily. Samsung, Artemide, Alessi, Umbra, Method, as just a few. His influence on design is phenomenal, profound, his mark is recognizable, iconic.

Jimini, as this two piece cream and sugar duo (numbers 6107 and 6108) are known, was designed by Karim Rashid for Nambe Studio, in 1994, prior to his commission for Alessi. Made of the trademark Nambe alloy, food safe, easily cleaned, and maintained. Nambe is a foundry near Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since 1951Nambe has been known for its sandcast, handcrafted and finished artisan process. No two pieces are exactly alike. They exude casual luxury with their trademark alloy finish and functionality.

The pieces are in very good to excellent vintage condition. Difficult to find, if not rare, they are highly collectible as Nambe coupled with Karim Rashid design affiliation.

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Dansk Spiral Silver Plated Candle Holder

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his Danish modern spiral was designed by Bertilli Vallieni also known for his art glass works. Marked “Dansk Designs France BV” this is an Eams era, mid century modern design produced in the 60s. Marked “France,” re-productions were later made in China. Silver plated, it holds 12 thin taper candles along its sensuous curves. We even have an original box of Dansk candles which was nibbled on by a naughty family dog. No worries, buyer may purchase candles, readily available through a variety of sources.

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