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The show me your Witco thread.
nimereht
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Joined: Sep 08, 2002
Posts: 31
Posted: 2014-06-22 05:33 am   Permalink

found these in the wild yesterday for an amazing price. someone tried to sell them to an african art place in an antique mall sort of place. they weren't interested so they sold them to the little antique shop across the hall. unbelievably the shop had them for 6 months and no one bought them...







(sorry the pics are sideways, not sure why!)


 
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tedtiki
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Joined: Nov 06, 2004
Posts: 304
From: Sunny Springfield Illinois
Posted: 2014-06-22 05:59 am   Permalink

Lookin good Gooney!

 
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TWANGtiki
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Joined: Jul 07, 2014
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From: 862
Posted: 2014-07-07 04:40 am   Permalink

This is my first post (and not really Tiki...although I love Tiki and have been a lurker for years) and is Witco related. Does anyone know anything about these, or can anybody identify them? They surely HAVE to be Witco, right? - My latest find...



 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11159
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2014-07-07 09:57 am   Permalink

Yes, Witco. Asian. Cool backgrounds. Photo too dark. If I come across them in any catalogs I will post more.

[ This Message was edited by: bigbrotiki 2014-07-07 09:57 ]


 
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TWANGtiki
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From: 862
Posted: 2014-07-07 10:51 am   Permalink

Thanks bigbrotiki! I'll try to snap some better pics to post when I get a chance.

 
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TikiAno
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Joined: Aug 07, 2012
Posts: 825
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2014-07-19 3:26 pm   Permalink

A friend of a friend is a swap meet flipper, looking for mostly mid century furniture. I always tell him to keep an eye out for Witco or tiki stuff. He called me yesterday, telling me he found what he thought was a Witco piece. He described it as a "tiki mask with mosaic tiles behind it", then told me he couldn't take any photos of it (vendor's rules). Since I hadn't seen it in person, I wasn't sure of the value- or what the actual piece was- or even if it had the Witco stamp/ marking. The vendor was asking $200. I googled what he described to me over the phone without any luck, then (light bulb), I went and opened up my copy of Tiki Modern.

This was as close to what I thought it could be, so I texted him the photo (bonus of working from a home office)



I sent him the photo, he sent me this back a while later.



It was a match. Once he heard it was in Tiki Modern, he bought it from the vendor, then sold it right after to someone who saw him walking away with it. Who knew Witco was so hot in San Diego?

Sven, thanks for providing not only great reading material, but a great resource guide!


 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
Posts: 3520
From: HELL
Posted: 2014-07-29 6:01 pm   Permalink

a friend of mine just scored this set of witco for a $100 in indiana. this set is from the last catalog year of witco - 1976. the transition to a more scandanavian, dark / light colored wood use had begun that year but this style never really took off. I've included the picture from the book tiki modern as reference.






and here's a pic from the catalog





 
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Tattoo
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Joined: Sep 24, 2005
Posts: 229
From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2014-07-29 7:09 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-07-29 18:01, Tipsy McStagger wrote:
a friend of mine just scored this set of witco for a $100 in indiana. this set is from the last catalog year of witco - 1976. the transition to a more scandanavian, dark / light colored wood use had begun that year but this style never really took off. I've included the picture from the book tiki modern as reference.







AWESOME!


 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
Posts: 3520
From: HELL
Posted: 2014-07-30 5:56 pm   Permalink

you might want to close your eyes for this one- not for the weak of stomach.

this bench was also part of the set i posted the other day. I don't know what to make of it.




 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
Posts: 6064
From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-07-30 8:49 pm   Permalink

Definitely on the dark side of Witco, but someone will get it for the name
this is where I usually go on about 1970s Porn-Style Witco, but you have heard it before....

[ This Message was edited by: Atomic Tiki Punk 2014-08-04 19:26 ]


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11159
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2014-07-31 09:39 am   Permalink

It was Witco's attempt at Scandinavian Modern, which at the time was becoming fashionable:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/homes/design/period_scand_mod.shtml

https://www.onekingslane.com/info/home/scandinavian-modern-design/#.U9pxClZn8ds


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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posts: 6064
From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-07-31 2:07 pm   Permalink

As a Danish born Scandinavian, Someone who has been around
"Danish Modern" since the late 50s, they didn't even come close
to the aesthetic & will forever be the ire of my criticism.


 
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happy buddha
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Joined: Sep 13, 2008
Posts: 227
Posted: 2014-07-31 6:41 pm   Permalink

Holy lime velvet batman!!

Say what you will about the excesses of Witco. You put that couch in any room in your home and dare somebody NOT to comment on it.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11159
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2014-07-31 9:51 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-07-31 14:07, Atomic Tiki Punk wrote:
As a Danish born Scandinavian, Someone who has been around
"Danish Modern" since the late 50s, they didn't even come close
to the aesthetic & will forever be the ire of my criticism.



Hey - It was BLONDE wood, right? Blonde wood = Swedish modern! It's simple!


 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posts: 6064
From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-07-31 10:01 pm   Permalink

Well you won't find it at Ikea, so who wants some meatballs?

 
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