Sidelined sideboard takes central stage again

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Grooming an old piece of furniture, using wax and wool cloth to erase the years spent on the sidelines, is a nice feeling. Wood is a live material and, like a cat, when stroked it glows…

This Franz Ehrlich Deutsche Werkstätte sideboard* could have been a silent witness of political struggle in a SED office in Leipzig. Or it casted a prominent role in an Internhotel Astoria flagship room in Dresden, looking good to non-communist bloc business leaders given the propaganda tour of the glorious DDR achievements.

Inside the first drawer there is a shadow left by a rectangular, A4 object – if not the uniquitous bible by the Gideons, what would the standard bedside comfort book have been back in DDR times – maybe Das Kapital? or some Honecker instant-book?

Now the same drawer hosts an already vintage-looking aluminium Mac laptop, an Apple oldie keen in managing our movies archive during its retirement years. We’re planning the next vintage, and stick to our bauhaus credo.

*Modul der „Ergänzungsfähigen Anbaumöbel“ Typ 602 der Deutschen Werkstätten Hellerau, 1957- Die Serie repräsentierte vor allem in den 1960er-Jahren den „skandinavischen Stil“: Zurückhaltend, modern, schmucklos und doch warm im Ausdruck, modular und daher für Neubauwohnungen geeignet, gehörte sie zu den Klassikern dieser Zeit

9 Responses to “Sidelined sideboard takes central stage again”

  1. 1 Anonimo SQ
    November 5, 2012 at 22:32

    This piece of forniture is fantastic: I really like vintage objects.

    On its top, why not to add an old Grundig open reeel tape recorder (TK something) from the ’60ies ? It is not a Revox, but for the baby boomers it’s far more evocative. Grundig, Braun and other brands had really amazing estethical design united to outstanding (often) technical performances during the ’60 and the ’70. Now, we miss a lot of them.

    It’s one of my dreams, a thing to do before leaving this life …

    Anonimo SQ

  2. 2 stripedcat
    November 5, 2012 at 23:12

    oh ciao Anonimo SQ!
    thank you! 😉
    guess what? I will be soon in Triest and I will collect, from a great friend who kept this treasure in storage for me, a fabulous Normende radio…which I found in a “robiveci” in Triest….
    and when I met my future husband, 14 years ago, we discovered that we both possessed
    – La variante di Lueneburg, a novel by Maurensig
    – a Thorens “giradischi a cinghia”
    quando si dice il destino!
    and now, a photo of the radio beauty….

  3. 4 stripedcat
    November 5, 2012 at 23:14

    Nordmende, sorry…

  4. 5 stripedcat
    November 5, 2012 at 23:15

    …Dresden rocks…the beautiful objects come from there!

  5. 6 Anonimo SQ
    November 6, 2012 at 00:14

    Nooooh ! Dimmi che funziona ancora, dai, dimmelo ! E’ troooooppppo bello per non funzionare !!!

    Anonimo SQ

    PS Anni fa, in un negozio che chiudeva, vidi il TK dei miei sogni. Comprai due divani di design in esposizione (50% del prezzo), e chiesi anche il TK (serie 460 ?) dei miei sogni, ma non vollero vendermelo, era stato prestato molti anni prima da un conoscente. Spero almeno glielo abbiano restituito: un paio di anni fa, andato all’ecocentro con le solite cose (phon, neon etc) vidi un Grundig dei miei sogni di ragazzo in mezzo ad una gabbia di robe buttate. Dooolore, e non poterlo recuperare !

  6. 7 stripedcat
    November 7, 2012 at 00:04

    il Thorens? eh dobbiam ricomprare le casse…(dal trasloco…da un anno!!)

    la Nordmende? si si funziona…ora vado a pigliarmela, per San Nicolò mi faccio questo regalo!!

  7. 8 stripedcat
    November 7, 2012 at 00:25

    more elettrodomestici vintage… 🙂

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