Own a Piece of Design History: The 2019 Sight Unseen Gift Guide, Part IV
The architect Philip Johnson spent 46 years building the 14 structures that comprise the Glass House — his famed weekend residence in New Caanan, Connecticut — and 58 years personally living there. It’s an incredibly important snapshot of design history, spanning the years 1949 to 2007, and our final gift guide this week has similar aspirations: We’ve rounded up 27 of our favorite important design objects that are available for sale in the Glass House Store, from iconic 1920s lamps and 1950s Aubock paperweights to more recent pieces that are on their way to becoming icons in the future.
Did you know that in 1998 Italian designer Nanae Umeda made a confetti-speckled carafe for Ettore Sottsass’s Handle With Care collection for Egiza, and that it’s still in production to this day? Or that the 1924 “Bauhaus Lamp” was Wilhelm Wagenfeld’s response, as a 24 year old student, to an assignment given to him by Moholy-Nagy? If you’re looking for a gift for anyone who’d be psyched to own that sort of artifact of design history, scroll on to discover our full selection from the Glass House Store — and to see the items staged inside the actual Glass House, as Johnson himself might have used them.
IN SITU PHOTOS BY ANDY ROMER
|Finlandia Vase by Alvar Aalto for Iitala (1936), $195||Man With Stick by Carl Aubock II (1950s), $625|
|WG 24 Table Lamp by Wilhelm Wagenfeld for Technolumen (1924), $950||Little Breeze Night Set carafe by Nanae Umeda for Egizia and Sottsass Associati (1998), $135||BV 13 Vase by Oswald Haerdtl for Lobmeyr (1927), $155|
|Neapolitan Coffeemaker by Riccardo Dalisi for Alessi (1979), $520||Lily Espresso Cup and Gilt Brass Saucer by Kim + Heep for Lobmeyr (2012), $190||Lily Candlestick by Ivar Alenius Bjork for Skultuna (1939), $115|
|Black Alpha Drinking Set by Hans Harald Rath for Lobmeyr (1952), $150-288||Nattlight Candlesticks by Richard Hutton for Skultuna (2011), $118-160|
|Tegamino Egg Pan by Alessandro Mendini for Alessi (2018), $135||Cylinda Creamer and Sugar Bowl by Arne Jacobsen for Stelton (1967), $60 each|
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