1969 Pago-Pago Vase by Enzo Mari
ENZO MARI; DENESE MILANO "Pago-Pago" vase, Italy, 1969
Iconic Italian design that is a part of the Metropolitan Museum of ... more ENZO MARI; DENESE MILANO "Pago-Pago" vase, Italy, 1969
Iconic Italian design that is a part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's permanent collection
he Pago Pago vase by Enzo Mari captures both beauty and versatility. It has always reminded me of the tail fin and tail light of a car from the 1950s. It’s also nice that it is available in a wide variety of colors. Apparently, these colors were specifically chosen to match and enhance flowers that would be placed in the vase.
Enzo Mari was born in Novara, Italy in 1932. As a young man, Mari studied classics and literature at the Academia di Brera in Milan. Mari started working in the industrial field in the 1950s and opened a studio in Milan to continue his studies in the psychology of vision, systems of perception and design methodologies. At that time, he found himself forced to earn a living. Traveling via bike one day, because he could not afford a taxi, he delivered his metal “Putrella” material to the Italian manufacturing company, Danese. This initial meeting would be the beginning of a long-standing relationship between the manufacturer and Mari and from there they begin collaborating, eventually mass-manufacturing various products…Today 29 of Mari’s pieces are permanent fixture in MoMA’s collection. The Pago Pago vase is part of the MoMA collection as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Mari participated at the exhibition “Italy: the New Domestic Landscape” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He served as president of the Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI) from 1976-1979. He has four times received the the “Compasso d'Oro” prize, in 1967 (independent design research), 1979 (Delfina chair for Driade), 1987 (Tonietta chair for Zanotta) and in 2001 (Legato Table for Driade).
The Pago Pago is made of ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) and is 30 cm tall with walls of thickness 3.5 mm. The vase is really two in one. It can be oriented wide side down (the resulting opening is 9.5 cm diameter) or wide side up (19.7 cm across at its widest for an opening of 19.1 cm) as shown above in orange and yellow. The imprint on the Danese edition of the vase can be seen by looking into the wide portion down to the base. The imprint reads, curved along the base:
© ENZO MARI 1969 DANESEDanese logoMILANO MADE IN ITALY
From Mari's US Patent for the Pago Pago US3728114A:
A container is disclosed which essentially comprises two containing receptacles, the mouths of which are placed in opposite directions relative to a common axis of reference. The mouths have different widths so that one of them can accommodate larger objects, whereas the other can accommodate smaller objects, for example bunches of flowers and individual flower stalks. Plastics material is preferred for embodying the subject container.
It is known that in many fields, especially in the field of interior decoration, the need is felt of having a large number of containers available, whose kind and whose size are widely different from each other, the same being true of the internal dimensions of the containers: this is due to the necessity of fulfilling a variety of requirements which can occur with a considerable frequency and which cannot be forecast or preordained, either. An indicative example is that of flowers, whose bulk may vary widely according to the species,
and which are currently used for temporary interior decoration. Usually, in order that flowers may arranged in an aesthetically satisfactory manner, it is required that the current outfit comprise a set of pots having widely different shapes and volumes: this fact involves, in addition to a considerable first cost, also the shortcomings due to the bulk of the pots when these are not in use.
It has now been found, and this is the subject-matter of the present invention, that the drawbacks briefly outlined above can be substantially toned down by a container, which characterized in that it comprises two containing cavities having different volumes and/or linear dimensions, the mouths of these cavities being directed towards opposite directions and serving, alternately, as the bases and the tops of the container, respectively.
In the preferred embodiment, the container according to the present invention is embodied with a plastics material, and more particularly as an entity.
The basic advantage of the container according to current with an equally significant structural simplicity and sturdiness.
An equally significant advantage is the fact that it can be embodied by a moulded plastics article, a fact which involves the practicability of a commercially acceptable output.
A further advantage is that, within a certain range, the shape and/or the dimensions of the two containing cavities are not a function of the external shape of the container. less
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