THE END OF HISTORY
An archive of news and design ideas from the mid-century modern furnishing experts of Manhattan's The End of History. Written by Daniel Petix with store proprietor Stephen Saunders.
Original photography by Daniel Petix
Barbini Fruit Bookends flank artist Airan Kang's light up book
Venini Mushroom Lamp atop a Lucite and Glass end table
A Murano black and white cased glass vase
Feathers fill an Op-art German porcelain vase
Italian candy dishes from the 60s
A new haberdashery has arrived in New York's NoLita shopping district and we could not be happier to have helped the owner and dandy designer Jay Kos decorate. The elegantly eccentric surroundings at this chic men's clothing and accessories boutique inform the shopper as to the aesthetic one can expect from Jay Kos.
Visit his store in Downtown Manhattan @ 293 Mott Street just below Houston and view his collection
The Italians have a way with clay. Just look at the amalgam of techniques that went into creating this special vessel. The top-half is striated vertically and glazed horizontally resulting in a pleasing purple plaid pattern. The base is a solid glossy lavender. The piece is an interesting shape for a vase and an impressive size standing over 14" tall.
My favorite shape of vintage lighting is the SegusoBulletLamp. The exclamation point shape just begs attention. This example is made with the most gorgeous Amber/Opalescent glass, giving it a dreamy quality. As a precautionary measure, we always replace the wiring anew, in this case using an era appropriate fabric covered cord while restoring the American Walnut base to its original condition. Measures 40" to the top of the drum shade
We are crazy about this amorphic piece of Italian pottery. Attributable to Marcello Fantoni, given its mottled orange color with green underglaze... not to mention there is a faint signature above the 'made in Italy' mark on the bottom. Obviously unique (as in one-of-a-kind) and likely from Fantoni's own studio. Approximately 10" wide and 6" high
These twisted sisters are from the Rainbow Art Glass Company of Huntington West Virginia. Clearly influenced by other WV companies at the time, such as Blenko and Bischoff, they created some interesting decorative glass all their own. The flame stopper was a signature to Rainbow and highly evocative in fire engine red and bright burning orange. The Red measures 17" , and the Orange 15"
Arguably Bitossi's best known form, the decorative horse was made in many color ways. The most common find is the 'Rimini Blue'...which is why we get so excited when we discover a horse of a different color! Tan meets Tangerine in this rare example.
Two beauties from Barovier & Toso. Identifiable by the fluidity of their fluted design and generous use of the signature gold cord technique also known as "Cordonato D' Oro"- This series was first introduced at the Venice Biennale in 1950. Vase stands 7" tall, Clam-shell bowl is 5" tall and 9" in diameter
It's rare to find a piece with Somerso and a cut design at the same time. Cut glass is usually reserved for never-used wedding presents and Grandma's candy dishes, but this vase is a purely modern affair! Likely from Mandruzzato or a neighboring glass factory on Murano. Measures 10.5" tall in charcoal and clear
Italian ceramic wall hangings are a mainstay of mid-century design, especially the type that features other decorative objects as the motif. Great for a bar or kitchen, these slate grey plaques are decorated with a cubist selection of bottles, vases, and glasses in a cool color combination. Measuring Top: 14 high X 9 wide Bottom: 15 high X 13 wide
Made in the 1940s, this Danish floor vase has historical relevance built right in. The Second World War effected every industry resulting in all rations going to fight German occupation. Necessity proved the mother of invention as authentic "Stoneware" became the norm. This Sandstone vessel is a terrific example... rock solid at 14" tall and between 20 and 30lbs. The surface has the speckled texture of pebbles.
Perhaps a modernized nod to ancient pottery, this Alvino Bagni for Raymor vase has an 'antiqued' multi-tonal glaze that appears to be chocolate brown in ambient room light, but brought into the sun it reveals itself to have hints of plum, green, and rust. The handles are a most unusual tubular shape, the likes of which I've never seen before. Although his works were made for the masses, this one seems unique. Made in Italy, Circa 1950s, measures 12" tall.
Although we are almost exclusively dealers of vintage objects, we will make an exception for the works of a contemporary artist we feel fits wonderfully within our milieu. We are excited to offer another sculpture by the San Francisco based emerging artist BJ Las Poñas. Shown in three angles above is our latest acquisition, this beautifully patinated and striated Bronze piece (#3 of 10) measures around 9" X 9" and weighs 16lbs. To Stephen's eye, the work has a sort of prehistoric Stegosaurus feel. BJ points to the works of Noguchi, Giacometti, Miró, and Moore as inspiration. Fresh from the foundry, this is a piece that is contemporary and classic all at once.
Monumentally tall at around 30" with giant ball stoppers reminiscent of hot air balloons. Original 'Made in Italy' stickers in tact and in mint condition. Interested parties should move fast, these are going to just fly out of here.
Italian vases that go both ways...downside up and upside down. Made in Empoli in the 50s and measuring around 14" each. Shown in the light of day, one can really appreciate the superior color saturation of vintage glass.
A gorgeously graphic vintage heavy ceramic bowl, certainly Italian, likely Bitossi, measures 10.5" in diameter and 5.5" tall. There is an artisanal feel to its earthy mix of chocolate brown unglazed pottery and perfectly imperfect decoration of orange and white semi-circles.
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There is nothing quite like the fabulous vintage hand blown glass , the rare ceramics, and the marvelous mid-century modern furniture found at "The End of History". We opened our shop in Manhattan's West Village in 1997. Since then we have amassed more decorative objects from the 50's & 60's in one room than anywhere in the world. As a result we've become the go-to for top editors from magazines as well as a choice source to the best interior designers in the world. We will update this blog daily... and as new publications come out and exciting new items hit our shelves!