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Filip's Flat: A Living Showroom of Design Classics

Stephen Coles

On Flickr, I recently came across Filip and his tastefully appointed residence beautifully shot by the owner himself. His home is a real-world gallery of the classics: a Florence Knoll sofa, Eames lounge, and Noguchi table in the living room, a Nelson bench and Bertoia chair in the hall. But there are less expected pieces too, like his extensive collection of Artemide lighting, including a Tizio, Tolomeo, and the avant garde Boalum which coils like a luminescent snake on the floor.

The Rosendahl monkey with the prankster’s look and the light colored belly has transformed kids’ rooms into jungles and sparked dreams of far-away places since 1951 when it was designed by Kay Bojesen. On Danish television it has a permanent place as a mascot in wildlife programs, and as a prize in quiz shows. The melamine dinnerware on the right is Vignelli’s classic design for Heller.

Designed in 1970 by Livio Castiglioni and Gianfranco Frattin, the Boalum is a table, floor, or wall lamp with reinforced flexible white plastic and resin terminals. Up to 4 individual sections may be connected to each other in series to make a lamp of 8 meters which may be wound into any shape.

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  1. 12.11.08 Mrs Gorman

    Delicately done. With so many personalities it could look a little much but it’s perfect.
    Love your blog.
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