Issue 42 - What's In?
The Crespi Touch
WOW, IT’S NEARLY winter, and with Halloween just around the corner, my thoughts are turning to outdoor events and parties...
We kick off this issue with a rather appropriate auction that could be a real game changer for all future Halloween parties... by scaring your guests to death with a lifesize statue of Pinhead from Hellraiser! Then our final article takes us outside to a full-on Gothic folly – I am so jealous. I thought I was being clever last New Year’s Eve when I bought a pile of cheap Christmas trees, grabbed some railway sleepers, a fire pit/come bbq, some furs and hung a lampshade from the tree, and threw an outdoor party... but what I’d give to have a permanent theatrical ruin in my garden all-year-round!
McCobb & Modularity
Gabriella Crespi attracted a cult following thanks to her penchant for creating geometric, sculptural objects with an abundance of glamour.
Bronze discs that open up like clamshells and fold back to become side tables; sleek cubes that transform into full-size dining tables; clean-lined boxes that contain multilevel shelving. Looking at the work of Italian designer-architect Gabriella Crespi, it’s hard to believe that her highly functional pieces were created decades ago.
Issue 39 - Out Now!
For 20 years Paul McCobb designed an extensive range of multi-functional furniture, accessories and textiles. By Jonathan Goldstein.
Coming from humble beginnings with minimal education and no training in design, Paul McCobb became one of the most recognised and influential designers on the American design scene of the 1950s and 60s
We're all excited about being joined by guestwriter and dealer Kieran Mathewson, who couldn’t wait to get stuck into his new regular feature – Trading Places. Each of the four male dealers have their own unique style... a mix we thought would make for a jolly good read. I hope you agree as this is now a regular addition to VE. Of course, it won’t always be about men in business either, that’s just the way the cookie crumbled this time around.
If you’ve ever owned a piece of costume jewellery, it’s most likely to have its origins in Czechoslovakia. Gemma Redmond explains why.
Many pieces of Czech jewellery feature metalwork designs. These were often created from machine stamps, engraved so that the metal would represent elaborate and delicate fliligree work. There was a lot of technique involved in the creating of these stamps, the cutting, forming and setting of the metal, and those who produced these components were called ‘Gürtler’ or belt makers – because these were the items that were made in abundance.