La Voce The Design Memorabilia Blog


Richard Sapper

We are sad to announce that our friend and collaborator Richard Sapper passed away Dec. 31, 2015.

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A History of Salt & Pepper Shakers December 9, 2015

In 1914, Morton Salt introduced the slogan “When it rains, it pours.” The company wasn’t just being cute; it was boasting about the breakthrough effect of adding magnesium carbonate to salt, which allowed the historically lumpy mineral to flow smoothly from a container, even in damp weather. With this leap, illustrated by a wavy-haired girl hugging an umbrella, Morton encouraged one of the world’s most whimsical objects. After millennia of scooping salt from dishes, civilization was ready for the salt shaker. 

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The History of Coasters December 1, 2015

Is anything more banal than a drink coaster, the little slab that sits between your highball glass and table? Its form is so basic, its functionality so plain, its manufacture so easy that the coaster has, paradoxically, taken on a wild variety of colors, materials and messages. Coasters may be cork, cardboard, wood, porcelain, malachite, plastic or steel. They may be shaped like buttons, Scrabble boards or squashed humans. They may convey information in German Gothic print or Italian Futurist lettering. In their spectacular breadth and profusion, they are the beetle of design objects.

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A History of Snow Globes December 06, 2015

The real wonder of snow globes is how long it took to invent them. Made of low-tech glass and water (or some other clear liquid) and operated through the simple mechanics of shaking, these popular objects could have emerged centuries ago. Yet they have been with us only since Victorian times.

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32 of Italy's Greatest Designers Make Everyday Items Design Lovers Need September 8, 2015

Raise your hand if you’ve ever walked into someone's home and saw something that made you think, “That doesn't belong there.” Well, you’ve finally found what does belong there.

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