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




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!

Concorde memorabilia

Posted in Branding, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 25/10/2012

Original concorde shaped pen with embossed note pad
The Concorde might have been a fuel guzzling, noisy and elitist plane representing the excesses of the ‘trente glorieuses’, but it also embodies a great believe, excitement and optimism in the future. Not something you can say about today…
Also great is to see a really good quality and stylish souvenir that was handed out to every person flying with the Concorde. The pen looks as fast as the the Concorde flies and even has a bit of a nose like the real thing. Try and find a pen in your drawers that you got for free that is of any quality…

Matching graphics

Posted in Branding, Retail environments by zigideluxe on 20/09/2012

Matchbox with bold graphics“Your penny is worth more at the Cooperative supermarket” is a great slogan, and the graphics on these match boxes are even better. Not sure from which period this is ( I would guess late 70’s early 80’s), but I wish retail graphic design would more often be this convincingly simple, minimal, bold & confident (even if it looks a bit communist).

Bring back the craftsmanship – Embossing leather

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 24/04/2012

Embossing leather is another one of these crafts that are very difficult to still find but have a great creative potential. This very old, worn and grotty  leather embossed folder almost blends in with the wooden desk and is getting more beautiful by the day.
Beautifully crafted natural materials have this quality of ageing well and are able to take the wear and tear of life. Something that many more contemporary materials and finishes simply can’t take.

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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A proper cake shop

I really like the look and feel of this cake shop. After seeing so many ‘design’ cake shops  and patisseries I found it refreshing to see a shop around the corner from where I used to live that focuses on the cakes and not on an over-designed interior or branding.  Even the signage is hand painted on the window.
Of course this is also becoming trendy and its not such a new idea, but it still feels honest and works very well with the idea of selling home made cakes. Also, I like the fact that you can create a beautiful shop with almost no budget and a trip to the brocante. I would love to do a project like that.

Cake shop in Victoria Park, East London

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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