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One of good friends and loyal customers of EK Modern shares the picture of her vintage elephant.

It boasts wonderful pattern with bright sunflower yellow color. Perfect gift for someone who seeks sunshine in this snowy weather. 🙂






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For the past few days, for some reason, I’ve devoted this blog to British stuff: Elliott’s chairs, Salvage Hunters (Drew is British) and finally the one and only Anglepoise!


The first “Anglepoise “ was designed by the British automotive engineer George Carwardine (1887-1948) in 1932 and manufactured by Herbert Terry & Sons from 1934. In 1935, the original model was modified for domestic setting to the one now known as Model No. 1227.

As a herald of task lighting, Anglepoise embodies the innovative concept of balancing weights with springs, cranks and levers. The constant-tension principle of human limbs applied to the basic structure of the lamp allows flexible repositioning and as a result the light remains highly stable and holds any position. It can literally afford almost all position in 3 dimensional space! The shade concentrates the beam on specific points without causing dazzle. This focused beam enables the lamp to consume less electricity, and thanks to this feature it was advertised as the best lamp for black outs during the war time. (A funny side note: it uses a French bayonet mount and bulb and I happened to get 4-5 of them from my last trip to Switzerland before I acquired Anglepoise. I am proudly saying that I am probably the only one in Korea who has the largest possession of bayonets.)

Celebrating Anglepoise’s 75th anniversary Terry & Sons reissued the original design of Model No. 1227 in 2009 and it was honored by being placed on a Royal Mail Stamp commemorating British Design classics. I’ve never been into stamp collecting but would love to get my hands on one of those design stamps.

In fact, my first encounter with Anglepoise was with its new model: Giant 1227. Yes, it is gigantic!


Anglepoise Giant1227

Although it is cute (well, big but cute) my heart still falls for the original Anglepoise for the creativity, ingenuity and human scale. But nonetheless congrats on the second wind of Anglepoise!

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Yes, it is that time of year. With the jingling sound of bells and chestnuts on the street, Christmas is around the corner.

One of great excitement about Christmas is the gift. Something special for your loved ones, someone you want to express gratitude to, or yourself who survived this past tough year. A cute vintage item (or two) could be more memorable than any generic ones.

Check out http://www.ekmodernkorea.com/Catalogue_en%20test.html for ideas.

And happy holiday shopping!

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If you are a dealer or a collector, you might want to associate your collection with a “name,” especially the one of widely known designer. Although it is important to find out who made this (and hence where it is located in the net of antiques pedigree), people are often caught up in the trap of “believing what ‘I’ want to believe.”
One of the most common examples is Christian Dell and Belmag. Often Belmag’s lamps are described as “designed by Christian Dell.” However, Dell’s association with Belmag was never proved (as far as I know). This classic mid-century desk lamp manufactured by Belmag is beautiful as it is but often incorrectly associated with Christian Dell.


The rationale behind this attribution is probably a) the hood looks like the ones designed by Dell  b) it’s been said so  c) the reputation of Dell would hurt. I’ve learned that when there are two opinions, it is safer to go for the one that expresses doubts. Sadly enough, I am also obliged to describe it as “inspired by Christian Dell” until the day when his relation with Belmag is cleared.


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One of the loyal customers of EK Modern shares the picture of her recent purchase.
The metal lamp on the table is made by the premier Swiss lighting manufacturer, BAG (Bronzewarenfabrik AG) Turgi around 1920-30’s. BAG Turgi was one of the leading producer of lighting during the early-mid 20th century. It worked closely with Swiss architects and produced the lamps inspired by the modern design principle that emphasized simplicity, rationality and functionality.
This particular lamp shows a good example of the early modern age design incorporated with the hard and raw material. It seems to work perfectly with the wooden desk and chair which were made by the owner herself.


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