Archive for the 'design' Category

Vintage 1960’s Bang & Olufsen BeoVox 2500 Cube speakers

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Here’s a classic example of the brilliant and timeless design of Jacob Jensen for B&O - the now more than 40 year old BeoVox 2500 cube speakers!

Made of 6 different tweeters pointing in all directions, metal foot and wooden cabinet, the BeoVox 2500 was ahead of it’s time, and received the IF award in 1967 for outstanding and user-friendly design.

Mine was recently sold.

Bang & Olufsen BeoVox 2500 cube speakers

Original 1930’s Bang & Olufsen Beolit 39

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Here’s another vintage treasure on display - the Beolit 39 designed by B&O in the late 1938.

Molded and build in bakelite, which at the time was a radical improvement compared to the existing wooden cabinets. The shape of the Beolit 39 is expressing speed and elegance in an art deco fashion, as the American radios from Detroit already did.

The ivory-white buttons, dashboard panel and loudspeaker is creating a great contrast to the dark bakelite. The speaker grill is heavily inspired by the big streamlined American cars designed by Harley Earls.

Mine is not for sale, but if you know where I can buy the missing button, I’d love to hear from you at kenneth@retrolution.dk

Vintage Bang & Olufsen B&O Beolit 39

Vintage Portable Bang & Olufsen Beolit FM radio

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Classic Danish design - the Beolit 607 FM portable radio from the early 1960’s.

Even back then Bang & Olufsen were pioneers in the field of ‘Danish Modern’ and vision. This portable radio was produced in a variety of colors, from light green, light blue and red to black. It must have been B&O’s first attempt at early pop-art, and to break out of the traditional color scheme.
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 607

Rare 1950’s Nilus 8mm projector

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

This is the rare red version of the Nilus 8mm silent projector from the 1950’s.

Mine is in near-mint condition with original warranty card from Illum anno 1959! Extremely futuristic design and bold red color, not at all very common for it’s time, and compared to other projectors from the same period!

Red Nilus 8mm silent projector

Original 1950’s Volvo 544 + VW van sales brochures

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

These vintage brochures are true graphical gems from the 1950’s when car illustrations wasn’t drawn in Illustrator or 3DSMAX but by hand!

I got hold of a bunch of old car sales material - everything from Morris Metro to MG and VW. A few pamphlet are remarkable better drawn than the rest - especially the two VW van booklets with 22 colorful pages and truly awesome illustration, but also the Volvo 544 got great images and illustration. I high res scanned all pages from the Volvo and VW brochures, and was planing to use the illustrations in graphical design - first of all just desktops but some are very suitable for etc. t-shirt print!

Below is an example of the smooth illustrations from the VW brochure! I also made a quick and dirty 4bit (8 color) desktop for your PC which can be downloaded here - it’s made up of MG, Volvo, Morris Metro and VW images.

Vintage 1950's VW illustration

Extremely rare japanese mini 8mm TV-X Projector from the 1960’s

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Bought this beauty at a local garage sale last weekend - complete in original box including a bunch of 1960’s cartoon and horror movies! Uses 6 large batteries and movie reels are attached on the back of the projector - build in tin and plastic, great design if you ask me! Could have been something from The Jetsons! This item is not for sale - got more information about it? Please post here, or write kenneth@retrolution.dk

Vintage japanese 8mm TV-X projector!

Vintage Danish glass design from the early 1970’s

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Here’s a part of my personal collection of Holmegaard / Kastrup pop-art opal-glass design. The ‘Palet’ series was designed by Michael Bang around 1970 and was mainly design for household purpose - a large variety of items was born, including everything from vases to bowls, jugs and lamps.

Per Lütken got employed at Holmegaard in 1941 without previous knowledge of glass works. During the late 1960’s and early 70’s he too began designing pop-art opal-glass items - Lütkens collection was entitled ‘Carnaby’ and only included vases, but in wonderful shapes and bright colors. The orange vase on the second row, to the right shown in the picture below is from the Carnaby collection.

Otto Bauer Designed the “bottle vases” for Holmegaard / Kastrup glas - the largest one in my collection is almost 50cm high - extremely rare and not for sale.
Collection of Michael Bang Palet items + Per Lütken Carnaby + Otto Bauer vases

National Panasonic Toot-a-loop 72 - Vintage 1970’s wrap-around-your-wrist radio!

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Here’s another fine example of vintage japanese electronic design, which definitely deserve space on the retrolution hall of fame shelves.

This very slick designed radio can be worn around your wrist, as well as being turned 180 degrees to form a s-shape. Unfortunately this radio only got AM band, just as the Panapet. Has got build-in speaker, volume button, ear-phone plug and a nice toot-a-loop metal plate at the oppisite end of the futuristic AM-tuner seen on the picture below. Mine is red, a bit worn but was bought for just $5 - not for sale.

National Panasonic Toot-a-loop 72

National Panasonic Panapet 70 - Vintage 1970’s ball shaped radio

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Slick organic design and produced in almost all colors of the rainbow. This is the nice National Panasonic Panapet 70 from the 1970’s Japan - nice build-in round-shaped tuner - unfortunately only with AM band, no European FM band available. 2 silver buttons for tuning and adjusting volume + build-in speaker. Fits in your hand but also equiped with a string to carry it along. Mine is the cool cobalt blue version - it’s not for sale, just for viewing pleasure.

Vintage Panasonic Panapet 70

Original 1960’s Danish Modern Jo Hammerborg Trombone ceiling lamps

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

4 pieces of ultra slick aluminium ceiling lamps made by Fog & Mørup, designed by Johannes Hammerborg in the late 1960’s - authentic Danish Modern in it’s best shape and form!

Rare 1960’s Funny Girl a la Soul vinyl record

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Fantastic cover art on this very rare soul release on the record label “Power” - funky tracks but the purple cover pop-art with a twist completely stole my heart! This rare record was only seen twice on eBay in 2006 - selling at aprox. $200. So far is has not been up for sale in 2007.

Vintage CathrineHolm Enamel “LOTUS” series

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

The 1960s Lotus series by CathrineHolm ranges from etc. porcelain cups and plates to enamel bowls, pots and pans.

Original 1950’s Jens H. Qvistgaard teak ice-bucket and tray

Friday, May 25th, 2007

The infamous JHQ/IHQ teak ice-bucket inspired by Japanese water-buckets from the 1800 century with a touch of Scandinavian Viking-middle age design!

Set of original Kay Bojesen large teak plates

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Very nice set of original 1950’s Kay Bojesen teak plates, one still with the original “Kay Bojesen Eneret” sticker. Measuring 26,5 cm in diameter.

Olivetti Valentine - Ettore Sottsass 1969

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Another true design icon - the immortal Olivetti “Valentine” designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1969!

This model is a scandinavian version with the chars “Æ”, “Ø” and “Å” - hence a rather attractive collectors item! Very good condition.
Olivetti Valentine - Scandinavian model!

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