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Five-Sided Television Set

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Story and All Photos By Gail  Worley

When you think of the concept of Retrofuturism –an exploration of past visions of the future — this five-sided, console Television set might fit in perfectly.

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Eye On Design: Black Hawk Console By Gloria Cortina

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All Photos By Gail

While the streamlined curves of Gloria Cortina’s Black Hawk Console (2016) reference the design aesthetic of modern French opulence and glamour popular in the 20th century, Black Hawk serves as an homage to the perception of luxury in the Aztec empire.

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The Wonder Morton Organ Console at Kings Theatre

Wonder Morton Organ Console
Photos By Gail

This is the restored console of the Robert Morton Organ originally installed in the Loew’s Kings Theatre in 1929. The design is one of the flagship models of the company, which collectively became known as the Wonder Mortons, because they were all installed in the five Loew’s “Wonder Theatres” built in the New York City area toward the end of the 1920s. The striking decoration and design of this console is not unique to this particular instrument, but it is a consistent feature of the Wonder Mortons.

The Robert Morton Company  was the second-largest producer of theatre pipe organs in the United States. Although their larger instruments have not fared well over the years, many fine examples still exist. In a relationship similar to that of the Fox Theatres and the Wurlitzer Company, the Robert Morton Company provided pipe organs to both the Pantages and Loew’s theatre chains, therefore when the Loew’s Company set about creating the biggest and best theatres in their system, they asked the Robert Morton Company to create the biggest and best organs for these theatres.

Wonder Morton Organ Console

The prototype of the Wonder Mortons is housed in the Sanger Theatre in New Orleans; currently dormant and awaiting restoration after the damages done by Hurricane Katrina. The first Robert Morton organ to boast the fence design that decorates the top of the Wonder Mortons is stilled housed in the Providence Performing Arts Center — formerly the Loew’s State Theatre — in Providence, Rhode Island.

It is noteworthy that this instrument is simply the console of the pipe organ. The pipes, bellows and airway infrastructure of the organ have been dismantled and removed, or have fallen victim to the damage that the Kings Theatre suffered due to leaking, while sitting vacant and neglected through the end of the last century.

Photographed in the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York.

Eye on Design: Mattia Bonetti’s Archetype Table Lamp

Archtype Table Lamp
All Photos By Gail

Isn’t this piece fabulous? Swiss designer Mattia Bonetti  created his Archetype Lamp (2013) to mimic a Head and Shoulders silhouette, and what a head turner it is.  Fabricated in bronze and Murano glass in a limited edition of 8, plus 2 artist proofs.

Photographed in the Paul Kasmin Gallery in NYC.

Poppy Side Chair Scuba Console Table
Archetype Lamp Shown Here atop the Scuba Console Table, with the Poppy Side Chair

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