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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Call me Stella... Ron Stella

Well, No. I am not Ron Stella, although the link on this page will forward you here.

I have some observations to make about that post, let alone the fact that it is one of the most visited on my Blog.

Yes, i find the formulation most accurate. These "no-names" are being robbed their fame and credit.
Absolutely right. But not only. Not only. Oh no. It is the whole family that is being robbed of its pride... and not only... and that might be even worse (and a bit selfish):

We are passing so close to fantastic stories!!!
We are being robbed! yes, despoiled!!!

Imagine what original documents, remembrance, objects, stories the families of these "no names" still have packed in boxes at home and stored in their heads! A treasure just waiting for someone... someone who, at the difference to all the others, shows interest. It just needs one person. For example, one person who will end up writing 9 posts on his Blog in 3 years time. That's it.

I got an email from the US lately, with a question about the Werner Stoff / Paul Nagel Gmbh candleholders i mentioned in the above stated post.
It made me smile.
"Everyone says" i know... well, i say something else.
Why? I was just interested.
On the original packaging, it was written "Nagel AG, Wesseling". So i googled it.
And then, the son of Paul Nagel answered my email.
Now, each and everyone can come to me with their "Everyone says"... i couldn't care less.

Now, why all this Bullshit?

Well, people, we are outnumbered.
They are far more crooks that want to sell their so-they-say "design items" under falsely claimed designers, let alone inducing the buyer in error, to maximise their win. And i say "people", because i am polite. I could talk about a trade and a few businesses and auction houses. Who hasn't read "eames era" or "attributed to" "probably" "reportedly" etc.

Well, it is not the name that makes an object a designer piece.
It is whether you like it or not.
(The milking stool made by my grandfather is definitely one of these)

I recently quit my subscription to a design and decoration magazine.
Months after Months, different jaw dropping interiors from all over the world... yet, same chairs!!!
Sometimes even in the same edition!!!
10000s of Eames, Jacobsen, Wegner ... you name it.
In 2 years of subscription... i have never seen my Zocker chair by Luigi Colani, let alone 5 lines written by this unconventional genius designer... and he is still alive.

Is there a logic, Something that would sound like: it has a name, so it is worth something?

So it seems, and according to this logic: there is something for everyone.
The crooks sell their article for more money under false claim, and the buyers have the impression they acquired a designer-named piece. (as if that was more important than having style and a personal taste)

Yes, sadness.
There are fantastic persons out there, who achieved fantastic designs & fantastic families who are waiting to open their dusty boxes and vivid remembrance.

A wish?
If we could tune the bigger names a bit quieter, and try to save as much information as we can about the "no names"... to finally cut the BS.

I sign: Ron Stella ;.) Utmost happiness-fulfilled if you have learned 1 thing or 2 about Gaetano Delle Vedove, Remo Delle Vedove, Alfredo Robbiati, Giordano Robbiati, Aubrey & Marion Gay Sassoon, Imre Simon, Desider Stern or Joseph Tarditi... or André Mounique, Paul Nagel and Werner Stoff.

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