Georges Zigrand's Blog

The future has landed, a long time ago

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Engineering beauty, Vintage furniture by zigideluxe on 20/08/2014

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A beautiful 70’s swimming pool on a camping site in Larochette, Luxembourg.  The cherry on top of the cake: Half the building rotates and slides open in good weather.
Vintage on a different scale!

Ornament is not a crime

Posted in Branding, Products & furniture, Vintage furniture by zigideluxe on 29/01/2014

A fine example of integrating branding and decoration into a technical part of a Triumph bicycle from the 50’s.
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Aging gracefully

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Retail environments, Vintage furniture by zigideluxe on 05/02/2013

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Beautiful and timeless tiles that still look great, even after decades of abuse!

Back to the future

Posted in Products & furniture, Vintage furniture by zigideluxe on 06/12/2012

7903749_1To celebrate the life of a visionary that passed away today at the age of 104! Oscar Niemeyer’s easy chair from the 70’s

Paris bashing

It is well known that the bistro culture in Paris is a league on its own, sitting tightly packed on street corners, coffee & cigarettes, waiters that don’t care, gazing at the people passing by …
The typical Paris bistro table with a single foot and an oversized thin metal edging embodies this way of life quite well for me. Every bash and knock the metal edging gets adds character & texture to the table, making it age gracefully without aspiring to be perfect.

Typical bashed Paris bistrot table

Beads & buttons fun


I saw this ingenious way of displaying buttons in a Madrid shop. The big wheely device looks more like something from a fun fair and turns at will in order to best view all the buttons on display.

This principle could also be used in many other contexts like interpretative devices in museums …etc. And of course as a way of visually displaying information on the i-phone…

Volcanic eruption in a coffee cup

Posted in Products & furniture, Vintage furniture by zigideluxe on 07/08/2011


I recently acquired this coffee machine designed by Gaetano Pesce at a vintage design auction. Everybody I have shown it looked at me with disbelieve , not understanding why I would spend money on such an ‘ugly’ object.
I beg to differ! Beauty can be something that is not immediately recognised, something that grows slowly on you. The lack of ‘good design taste’ and perfect shapes creates an edginess that needs to be tamed before you can begin to appreciate it. I find the volcano iconography is also quite appropriate for a moka coffee maker…

In other words, it is an acquired taste, a bit like coffee.

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Hokus Pokus

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Products & furniture, Vintage furniture by zigideluxe on 31/03/2011

Here another fine example of a vintage kids furniture piece I recently bought. Named Hokus Pokus, this multifunctional furniture was manufactured in Sweden by AB Bjärnum Möbelfabriker. All in one, it is a high chair that becomes a rocking chair with steering wheel or a desk with seat, depending on how you flip it around. Every aspect and form has a purely functional ‘raison d’être’ which gives the object its visual complexity and its overall shape. This uncompromising and honest approach linking form and function makes this unusual object in my view very interesting.

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First work bench

Posted in Products & furniture, Vintage furniture by zigideluxe on 31/03/2011

I found this versatile piece of kids furniture in a vintage shop. It consists of a bench, desk with seat and storage facility. Convincingly basic and low-tech its shape results purely from the functions it serves. Manufactured by a brazilian company called Estrela.

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Great legs

Posted in Products & furniture, Vintage furniture by zigideluxe on 10/10/2010

I found these stools in the bar of the India Club at the Continental Strand Hotel in London. What a great, simple, dynamic yet functional way to design legs for a piece of furniture that is usually very uneventful.
India Club vintage stools

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