We have been the proud owners of a few Robert Sonneman lamps. Sonneman lamps have that retro futuristic vibe we are just in love with. This Post Modern Robert Sonneman lamp was designed for Koch & Lowy and most likely dates from the 1980s. The tall 76-inch floor lamp has four long aluminum tubular poles that flower upward to cradle a bowl-shaped torchiere shade. The lamp is bolted to a heavy cast iron base formed in a low-profile pyramid shape. Hidden inside the dome shade is a powerful halogen bulb and silver reflector. The lamp is equipped with a foot switch dimmer, so the brightness can be adjusted from mellow mood lighting to a bold wall washing effect.
This mid-century modern Brutalist table lamp measures an impressive 29 inches to the top of the socket. A modernist psychedelic sculpture of a lamp, the body looks like an abstract free form carved piece of solid wood. The center is hollow, allowing light to pass through the other side. The lamp cord floats vertically through the hollow center. I am certain the base is made of wood, but the body is likely made of a Syroco or Burwood style nut resin cast from a one of a kind hand carved piece. This 1950's Brutalist table lamp has quintessential retro style, and is finished in an antique green with metallic gold paint accents. Its large size makes it an instant focal piece for any room. The lamp is wired with a heavy-duty ceramic over-sized 1.5 inch socket, which is not uncommon with lamps of this age. Of course, you can't go down to your local drug store or grocer to buy 1.5 inch incandescent light bulbs these days. Rewiring these old sockets is an obvious solution. For an easy fix, you can purchase a 1.5 inch to 1 inch socket adapter to use today's standard light bulbs (we keep a "vintage" ceramic socket adapter in our toolbox to test and photograph lamps we find fitted with this unusual-looking socket. This lamp is designed to hold a standard opal / milk glass torchiere diffuser shade, and the wire frame of any standard shade sits on top of the diffuser.
The nostalgic chime of a vintage NuTone doorbell takes us back to our childhood every time we hear it ding dong. Cincinnati, Ohio's Nutone has been manufacturing doorbells and door chimes since 1936. We have been removing old NuTone door chimes from the walls of teardown homes for years. Here are just a few of the NuTone doorbells from the 1950s and 1960s we have collected...
Mid-Century toilet paper holders add that little touch of detail to your vintage bathroom decor, bringing an unexpected dash of flair to a typically bland utilitarian device. Check out this totally fab ceramic / porcelain mid-century toilet paper holder we came across. The one piece molded bathroom accessory has smooth swooping lines and is glazed in a bright and cheery green that's surprisingly contemporary. The high-gloss finish and heavy-duty construction gives that ordinary roll of bath tissue a happy home to reside in. The glaze color is more of an apple green, as opposed to the more common avocado shade typically seen in 1970s fixtures. The toilet paper holder measures 6 inches x 4.25 inches x 3.25 inches. It was never used and still had the original plastic roll bar and flush mount plate intact. It can be installed on any flat surface and holds up to a standard modern double roll. Sorry, we don't know the manufacturer. Need something authentic to place in that mid-century toilet paper holder? Click here to read about vintage colored toilet paper rolls!
This unopened package of Kleenex Boutique Tissues vintage colored toilet paper has a trademark date of 1972 and contains two rolls of quintessentially retro avocado green toilet tissue. Kleenex also made "soft 'n spirited" Boutique Tissues in pink, blue, and yellow, and they dyed their facial tissues, too. "An exotic offer" of miniature bonsai trees by mail is printed on the side of this particular package...
Curtis Jere metal art is one of the quintessential designer brands of mid-century modern home decorating. Curtis Jere works vary wildly in style and subject matter, from quaint country craft sculptures to large modernist kinetic art pieces. As these pieces become more and more desirable, many collectors are still unaware that "Curtis Jere" is actually a fictitious character! Artisan House, a home décor company created by jewelry designers Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels (get it?) did not make it easy for the comsumer to figure it out. The following is the text from the label of an actual Jere piece..."This is an original Curtis Jere design. Mr. Jere, who is a California multimedia sculptor, works in bronze, copper, brass and steel. This hand-crafted sculpture has a patina and finish designed to become lovelier with age". We have been collecting C. Jere pieces long before they were considered collectible, and here are a few examples of Curtis Jere metal art and Jere inspired pieces.
This classic Kohler Mid-Century bathroom sink has angled corners and looks like it was designed for tighter spaces. It is an 18-inch x 20-inch model, and has a date stamp of July, 1964. This ultra heavy duty commercial grade cast iron sink has a "glass-like vitreous china" finish and appears to be a Kohler "Chesapeake" model ledge lavatory. However, this one has clean smoothed edges as opposed to a raised border wrapping around the front of the Chesapeake. This particular Kohler wall sink is a "leg support model", requiring two bathroom sink leg supports under the front end for proper and safe installation. Leg support sinks can be identified by a lack of a rear back panel and mounting holes, and there should be two small tabs molded into the cast iron underneath the sink to hold the leg mounts. We found this sink stuck in the mud in the woods outside a residence. It had been there for decades. The exterior was cleaned with simple Comet cleanser, and there were only a couple of small rusty orange spots that need extra attention. Much of the flaky and pitted rust underneath has been removed with elbow grease and a bag of steel wool pads. There is one noticeable chip in the upper right top corner and one very small chip in the lower left bottom edge, as well as some minor scuffing and haziness around the lower back of the bowl area from years of normal use and cleaning.
This pair of 1950s mid-century chrome bathroom sink leg supports is designed to support classic cast iron wall-mount lavatory sinks. The heavy-duty pair of Sears Homart brand lavatory legs pictured above were found in a basement complete and in excellent condition with their original box. Here's the copy from the original label on the box:
We recently found five matched unused rolls of Thomas Strahan vinyl mid-century wallpaper. Each roll is bigger than a modern double roll, measuring 70 square feet. There is a grand total of 350 square feet, which is actually enough to start and finish a significant project. The unpasted vinyl-acrylic wallcovering has a subtle floral & dot pattern on an ultra-mellow harvest gold background. This high-quality vintage wallpaper is screen printed, giving it a hand-finished quality, and you can see the little imperfections and the raised ink on close inspection. The wallpaper is in excellent condition with no spotting or discoloration from age. Four rolls are still in their original plastic. We opened one roll to see the full pattern and inspect the quality, but it is unused and uncut. Rolls measure 20.5 inches in length.
This Progress Lighting mid-century modern chandelier ceiling fixture is equal parts traditional and space age. The five-arm light fixture is made of shiny chrome tubular steel and holds clear glass globe hurricane shades. The arms swoop downward and sharply upward to a vertical position. Large chrome cylinders house the bulb sockets and hold the shades snugly in position. The fixture is hung by a 21-inch silver swag lamp style chain (links can be removed to shorten the fixture height). It's a classy blend of traditional and modern, perfect for the dining room or entryway, but would make a bold statement in the living room, too. This mid-century modern chandelier was restored to excellent cosmetic condition with chrome polish, ultra-fine steel wool and old-fashioned elbow grease.