Tag Archives: Design History

Turntables, radios, televisions and Hi-fi as home decor

It is easy to decorate a room, but to add that certain feel that gives the room a feeling of home is the real art.

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The lights in the above picture is designed by Verner Panton – the world famous space age designer. The Pantella floor lamp and the Pantella table lamp are icons. Verner Panton also designed a hi-fi system – The Wega 3300 – a great example of space-age design with astonishing quality turntable and radio receiver. Together with Dieter Rams speakers designed for Braun you have an eye-catching set as well as great sound.

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The sofa with specific chosen pillows and maybe a handmade quilt surrounded with chairs and tables designed back in the days all mixed up with new finds as well as thriftstore treasures gives a cosy feeling. Add some pictures, plants and rugs and you have a great nook where you can charge your batteries after a long work day.

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Besides lighting for different use – a reading light, a room light or a table light – you can add mid-century electronics.

Besides bringing you great sound, music and shows, they also adds an extra interior dimension to you home.

Check out our cool collection of electronics in our shop www.deerstedt.com 

You can also find them in our Etsy shop

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Italian design – lighting and furniture

Italy is world known for a lot of things: Fast cars, amazing ice cream, tasteful pizza and pasta and of course beautiful design.

One of the big companies regarding lighting design i Artemide. It was founded in 1960 in Milano by Ernesto Gismondi and it quickly became one of the leading manufacturer of lighting. Artemide combines design, innovation and functionalty in their design and creates unique timeless lighting.

Together with designer Sergio Mazza the company also produced space age furniture . The Bacca table was a square bar table made of fiber glass with an glass top that could contain bottles and other stuff.

Also the iconic mushroom shaped lamp Nesso is one of the high lights of Artemide. It was designed in 1967 by Giancarlo Mattiolo and the shaped for the lamp was made as an tribute to the sensual shape of a beatiful italian woman’s belly buttton.

Vico Magistretti also designed some iconic design for Artemide. The Telegono lamp is a stunning piece of his design.

 

 

But besides Artemide, we also have another big and wellknowned company: Kartell. This italian company was also founded in Milano – the big design capital of Italy. At the beginning Kartell made accessories for cars but in 1963 they started producing interior design products.

The KD29 by Joe Colombo is a beautiful iconic lamp and it comes in a big range of colors.

Also furnitures found its way into the wide range of products and one of the most known must be the storage serie Componibili designed by Anna Castelli. It is still being produced but the eye catching colors from the 70s are more popular than ever.

You can find more of cool italian design in our Etsy shop or in our 1stdibs store.

And to be sure not to miss our new treasures, go check out our  Instagram

Bienvenuti!

The President Lounge Chair 265 by Steen Østergaard

 

Being from the Southern part of Denmark we have been fed design like mothers milk from an early age. Hans Wegner was born here, Poul Cadovius and Steen Østergaard did produce some of there stunning pieces in our backyard, so for sure this unique piece (the president lounge chair) has a special place in our hearts.

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Bought a at local vintage shop in Tønder we were told that this was an unique piece of design history by the seller. He bought it from factory manager at Abstracta, where it was produced. The Factory was owned by Poul Cadovius and one of the promised architects / designer was Steen Østergaard.

They produced 50 prototypes and apparently 49 was destroyed – the factory manager Fahrenholz rescued the last remaining piece, and this the indeed the grand father of the later President Lounge Chair 265.

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There is no stamped factory label, nor has it been finished with sanding or coating …. which was a task for us to do.

Do to publishing through Instagram the daughter of Steen Østergaard verified the story and both her and Steen Østergaard is looking forward to see the end result.

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Hopefully we will get a change to present this unique chair for Steen Østergaard later this year.

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As we are writing, the chair is heading for the finish line at the upholstery getting leather cushions.

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*rare Panthella floor lamp by Verner Panton

We will keep you guys posted with pictures of the finished chair and hopefully at the end a picture of the chair together with Steen Østergaard.

 

 

King of Space Age Design

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It all began with the production of venetian blinds in a small wooden shed some where in Denmark in 1945.

A young man, Poul Cadovius, had various business ideas and soon he started the production of a shelving system – the famous Royal System. The new ideas and the growing succes forced Poul Cadovius to moved Copenhagen, where he established a whole-sale department.

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The Grand President chair 265 prototype for the launch in 1968 by Steen Østergaard for Poul Cadovius. This particuler item was one of the first test models for the future Grand President chair. We at Deerstedt are proud to present this item in our collection. This item use to be owned by Heintz Fahrenholt factory manager of Abstracta Tonder. 

 

The succes was striking: The range of materials for the Royal System grew and counted walnut, mahogany, light and dart oak and the big hit: teak.

 

New premises were required and in one of the new halls, they even built a yacht for Cadovius and a new adventure had seen the day light: shipyard entreprise.

 

The company was succesful and new design ideas were launched: the Pia chair, the Butterfly shelf, Ultra Line and System Cado.

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Poul Cadovius bus stop and Grand President chair

New factories and new showroom opened up around Denmark and abroad.

 

Awards was raining down over the danish company and Cadovius and in 1960 a small gadget aroused tremendous interest and was discussed on television and in the press all over the world. The gadget was System Abstracta.

The System Abstracta consists of tubes and connectors allowing you to build individual shelving. This was so innovative and new that The Modern Museum of Art in New York choose to display the System Abstracta and still does.

In Denmark and in Germany Cadovius expanded the factories and they were as space aged as his design: Bubble buildings that looked like UFO’s at night when they were lit.

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In the late 60’s he began using a new material: glass fiber. In the southern part of Denmark his factory made iconic bus shelters and they started to create furniture as well.

 

Cadovius teamed up with Steen Østergaard, who designed space age furniture. This cool space age design even made it to the movies: His Grand President chair was featured in Captain Kirks Apartment in Startrek.

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Poul Cadovius created design items that were and still are timeless and contemporary.

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Picture taken a few miles from where the Abstracta factory once were. Bus stop shelters produced by Abstracta / Poul Cadovius is a common sight in this region of Denmark.

 

 

 

 

We see the light….

We see the light….

The sale of a vintage Wegner daybed to a french shop was the kick-start of our adventure. We – Carl and Malene – are both passionate about design and design history and this passion quickly filled up our home.

To achieve some more space in our home we started out by having yards sales – at first in our own garden. Soon we drove to flea markets around Denmark, selling our items. It seemed as if we came to the flea markets with a full van and left again with a full van – only now with new vintage purchases.

This hobby was taking more and more of our spare time and we wanted to be able to sell our handpicked items abroad too.

We did some research and two years ago we opened our Etsy Deerstedt shop. Only a few months later we were at a crossroad that led to a fulltime position in the shop. Our biggest dream came true and we turned our hobby to our job. It still is a hobby and doesn’t feel like a job.
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The lovely thing about selling vintage items is, that they tell a story about the past, they reminds us that modern design doesn´t have to be the brand new trendy items and that they are sustainable in every sense.

It is a big satisfaction to find a rare designer lamp, take it home and make it shine again and even renovate if necessary. We enjoy the work with these design pieces and we are constantly creating beautiful locations where we take our pictures for Etsy and also social media like Instagram, Pinterest, WordPress and Twitter that makes the items stand out.

The social media and Etsy give us the opportunity to get in contact with vintage design fans all over the world. We go treasure hunting both for ourselves but also to fulfil the requests that our customers send us.

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Sometimes we are so fortunate that the request we get is not just about an item but an interior solution for a customer and due to Malenes background as an interior designer we also manage assignments like this.

We would be very happy if we could help you with a special piece or ideas for a whole setting, which stands out and makes your interior as personal and creative as you want.

Deerstedt – Etsy shop

Space age…. Atomic age

Development of design has always been a mirror of realtime trends combined with the past. Nowadays everything seems to be directed into sustainable shapes and materials due to fact that 30-35% of all news coverage is about the climate changes.

1957 the Sovjet Union launched Sputnik in space and the USA responded with the Apollo program – time of the space race had begun. Everything was about space race between the super powers of the world. Comics, toys, hifi, clothing and of course home decor and interior.

At Deerstedt we do have a whole range of designs items from this era. You find a few of them below.

Hope you´ll enjoy 😉

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Italian design by Brionvega – Algol TV

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Danish light from the 60s

 

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German Kaiser Leuchten

 

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Desk lamp

 

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Midland International radio

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Bent Karlby Pan-Opticon

 

 

 

 

“Less, but better ” the ideology of Dieter Rams

The big secret behind good design was described by the german designer Dieter Rams ( born 1932)  with the sentence “Less, but better”.

For the Dieter Rams a good design should live up to ten criteria:

  • is innovative
  • is useful
  • is aesthetic
  • makes a product understandable
  • is unobstrusive
  • is honest
  • is long-lasting
  • is thorough down to the last detail
  • is environmentally friendly
  • is as little design as possible

His background regarding architecture and design was combined with the practical education as a carpenter which gave him the knowledge and talent to design longlasting design pieces that reached and will reach into the next decades.

1961 he became chief design officer at Braun and became famous for the aesthetic and user-friendly electronical gadgets.

He worked together with Hans Gugelot, an dutch architect who was strongly influenced by the Bauhaus era. Gugelots thoughts about good design matched Dieter Rams ideology of less, but better. For him the aspects of system, function and technical innovation was the key word to good design.

(source: Dieter Rams and Hans Gugelot, Braun  & SK& Radio )

 

We at Deerstedt have the same belief that great design should be functional, aesthetic and timeless. In our Etsy shop you will also find Rams and Gugelot. For more info check out our Etsy shop here 

 

Trending interior design: Rya rugs

When you wake up in the morning you step out of the bed and your feet sink into a soft and longhaired brown, yellow and orange rug. As you walk down the corridor your hands slide through the green, blue and turquoise vintage wall rug. The big hit from the 70s is hotter than ever.

 

In the mid century these longhaired handmade design pieces were designed for the modern home. They were originally made in Scandinavia – the name Rya comes from a small village in the southwest of Sweden and also a breed of sheep whose wool were used to make rya rugs.

 

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A rya rug is made of wool strands that are knotted together and has a shag-like pile of 1-3 inches. Often the rugs were made in bright and colourful wool with psycadelic pattern or with symbols.

 

In Denmark the manufactor Ege Tæpper had a range of designers who made some of the most beautiful design pieces.

 

The rya rugs had their golden years in the 70s and in the 80s they almost disappeared as the streamlined minimalist interior look had its glory. Because of this it is extremely rare to find a vintage well designed quality mid century rug. A rya rug is an investment on the same level as an artwork.

 

We are proud to present several rya rugs in our shop:

 

You can find them here:

Ege Tæpper purple/red/pink 

Orange horse

Abstract red/brown/orange

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We hope you enjoy our collection!

 

World of lights…

Welcome to the wonderful universe of Deerstedt.

Deerstedt is a collaboration of passionated people who spend most of their time treasure hunting for wonderful mid-century european and scandinavian vintage and retro lamps, furniture and interior pieces.

We hope you enjoy our world – Here is a little appetizer from our Instagram….

 

 

 

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All the best

 

Carl and Malene

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Hot interior trends: copper, brass and metal

In the midcentury it was very common to decorate your home with teak and rosewood combined with noble metals such as brass, copper and brushed steel.

Now this trend is more hot than ever…..

Combined with the modern contemporary interior these metals adds an elegance and coolness to the interior. If it is a candle holder, a little box, a mirror or a lamp, the metallic look matches perfectly to the nordic look.

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We have handpicked a beautiful collection of lamps for the modern home

Brass

Find them here:

Brass table lamp 

Beautiful danish brass pendant 

Louis Poulsen sconces 

Copper

Find them here:

Corda wall lamp

Kastholm 

Orient 

Steel

Find them here:

Vega

Dano

Wall sconces