Mar 2, 2015

Pallo door knobs by Timo Sarpaneva

Our recent stories have been appearing a bit sporadically, and in all fairness, we'd like to tell you why. No, it is not because we'd be in the middle of some laborious renovation project. Quite the contrary, nearly all projects are temporarily on hold, as other things in life seem to require much of our focus at the moment. Together with some business partners, Pekka just started his third company in addition to the two existing ones - perhaps a word or two more about that later. Minna, on the other hand, is finishing things at the office and preparing to switch gears for a while to focus on a very specific personnel development project of the soon-to-be-growing Team Olive Green. Summing it all up - quite exciting!

But we are, and never will be too busy to miss an opportunity to visit local auctions when something interesting strikes our interest. A little while back Pekka spotted some familiar looking door knobs while browsing through items to be auctioned here in Helsinki - fours sets of Pallo door handles (1964) by Timo Sarpaneva for Finnish manufacturer Primo.


Four sets for four doors. A perfect match

Timo Sarpaneva (1926-2006) was one of the most celebrated Finnish designers of all time, and one of those talented individuals whose work established Finland on the global map of design. Today, Sarpaneva's designs can be found both in homes and museums around the world, extending from utility glassware and art glass to textiles and graphics. While working for Iittala glass factory he also created Iittala's "i" logo, which still serves as the symbol of the company. Iittala's selection also includes a cast iron pot designed by Sarpaneva, which has become an internationally recognised design icon.

But back to the Pallo door knobs. Yes, as the set of four was clearly perfect for the four doors downstairs, Pekka just had to have them, end of discussion. And only a few hours later after his first bid, he was already in the bunker greeting the knobs with a warm bubble bath, as he does with most of the incoming old things covered with dirt and dust.

Restoring shine!

Just to be sure they were clean enough, he left the pieces in the warm water for some time.


Underwater view

After the bath the door knobs were rinsed and ready for a closer inspection to determine their current condition.


All washed and good to go

Once again, Pekka's sixth sense did not let us down. Apparently there were a few of the smaller parts missing, but for his DIY personality, this would be nothing to worry about. Those replacement parts can either be made or sourced. Either way, he would not mind at all!

Nearly complete set

So now, the first Pallo door knob has already been installed to the bunker door and it looks and feels fantastic! Incidentally, the door handles were launched the same year when our home was build in 1964. Also, there were exactly four sets for the four doors downstairs (although three of the doors are actually still missing). So call it a luck, or whatever, we may have once again found another match made in MCM heaven!

One down, three to go



8 comments:

  1. Upeat on! Minulla samat harmaina, taitaa olla 11 kpl. Vielä puhdistamatta, joten tiedustelen mitä pesuainetta käytitte puhdistukseen?

    Terv. Marika

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    1. Moikka Marika!

      Ihan Fairya ja lämmintä vettä. Hyvin puhdistuivat!

      Yst.pekka

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    2. Kiitos :) Tiedän siis mitä teen lähipäivinä.

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  2. Hei,

    Hieno löytö! Olisi kiva jos tekisitte postauksen huutokaupoista, mitä käytätte. Ehkä pientä arviota hintatasosta, toimituksesta jne? Erityisesti kotimaiset kiinnostaa, sekä netti- että perinteiset versiot.

    Yt. Sanni

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    1. Moikka Sanni,

      Tuo on hyvä idea ja jotain mitä meiltä on pyydetty aikasemminkin, joten tuumasta toimeen. Tehdään seuraavaksi päivitys liittyen esineiden hankintaan!

      Yst.Pekka

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  3. Hienolta näyttää, istuvat kuin nenä päähän! Selailin kirjoituksia taaksepäin mutta en äkkiseltään löytänyt vastausta eli onko teillä huoneissa kattoon kiinnitettyjä spottivalaisimia?Jos on niin miltä merkiltä? Vai miten olette ratkaisseet yleisvalon? Itse yritän löytää sopivia valaisinratkaisuja 70-luvun olohuoneemme suht matalaan tilaan mutta en haluaisi laittaa kovin "kovia" valaisinratkaisuja jotka tekevät tilasta helposti kolkon.

    Iida

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    1. Moikka ja heti alkuun kiitos!

      Asunnon yleisvalaistus on alunperin tehty ratkaistu alaslaskettuun katton integroiduilla Ornon valaisimilla. Etsin pari päivitystä, joista saisi edes vähän käsitystä siitä mistä puhun: Yläkerrassa ne on vielä jäljellä (http://theolivegreenwindow.blogspot.fi/2012/09/tour-around-staircase.html) , mutta alakerta meni sen verran uusiksi, että vanhat ratkaisut (http://theolivegreenwindow.blogspot.fi/2013/03/two-layers-of-ceiling.html) on nyt purettu. Meidän remontointi-filosofia on sellainen, että pyrimme jättämään harkinnan jälkeen mahdollisimman paljon orkkis-ratkaisuja. Alakerrassa jouduimme kuitenkin luopumaan näistä Ornon valaisimista, koska katon purkamisen jälkeen lisäsimme eristystä kattoon, että valaisimille ollut enään tilaa (http://theolivegreenwindow.blogspot.fi/2014/06/walls-ceiling.html)

      Yst.Pekka

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  4. Hei,
    Tori.fi:ssä olisi tällä hetkellä myybbissä äyttämättömiä Sarpanevan kahvoja. Hakusanana "retrokahvoja", kun en saanut linkkiä jostain syystä tähän laitetuksi. ;)
    T. Blogin lukija, jolla oli Torilla tarkka silmä

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