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House of Ran Su
Tikisgrl
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Joined: Aug 03, 2005
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From: Lowell, Mass
Posted: 2007-12-12 5:41 pm   Permalink

Picked this up today... Not so Tiki, but I thought it was a great look. Anybody have any information on the House of Ran Su?




It appears it's title is "Vanguard"

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tikigreg
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From: ClubTiki
Posted: 2007-12-12 6:17 pm   Permalink

I've heard of Sun Ra, but not Ran Su.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2007-12-13 11:59 pm   Permalink

Damn that's cool! The name sounds like they made mid-century modernist Asian decor. Research it, New Yorkers!

 
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ravenne
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Posted: 2007-12-14 12:40 pm   Permalink

cool! I tried finding info on this Ran Su and all I've gotten is other people inquiring who this person is...might be a job for a library search??? unless anyone else has info?
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Tikisgrl
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From: Lowell, Mass
Posted: 2007-12-14 6:31 pm   Permalink

Thanks for trying to research. I have come up blank too. Is there a library that would actually have reference information on mid century kitch art?

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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2007-12-15 2:21 pm   Permalink

In your dreams...
I would start with digging up 1960s Elmhurst N.Y. Yellow Pages and looking under "Interior Decor" or so. Or trade papers from the period might have had an ad by them. Was Elmhurst a town, or a suburb? The place is the only thing you have to go by, then the name, and an approximate period. This type of Tiki modernism did not flourish until the very late 50s, and was outdated by the mid to late 60s.


 
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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2007-12-15 2:53 pm   Permalink

I did an eBay search on Ran Su and found two Birds - Oriole and Goldfinch for sale in a eBay Store.

Then I stole the pictures!








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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2007-12-15 3:45 pm   Permalink

I did a little more Googling and found some other expired auctions. Looks like they made African and Caribbean stuff as well as Asian. I'm not sure if this is helping but I'm going to pretend it is, plus I'm in a posting mood.

Here are some more pictures that I stole.

Oriental Lanterns




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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2007-12-15 4:13 pm   Permalink

I can see it now: Tiki Modern II - "The Wild World of Ran-Su" !

 
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Tikisgrl
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From: Lowell, Mass
Posted: 2007-12-16 07:48 am   Permalink

I can see how those oriental lanterns would really compliment Vanguard. I also was able to find a bunch of ebay auctions unfortunately none of them had any information. Oh well, unless someone lives in the Queens area the Vanguard may remain a mystery.

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sneakyjack
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Joined: May 25, 2004
Posts: 1028
From: NYC Area
Posted: 2008-05-27 08:45 am   Permalink

stoked (Tc member ) is bringin the heat back of ran su..
http://cgi.ebay.com/HAWAIIANA-HOUSEWARE-Vintage-Wall-Plaques_W0QQitemZ120264316280QQihZ002QQcategoryZ29460QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I have no info about the place but I'm interested in hearing more ( I know its in Queens NY - not sure if its still there)

from the auction for Later use in TC world




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tikiyaki
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Joined: May 18, 2004
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From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2008-05-27 12:58 pm   Permalink

Elmhurst is the home of the famous "Elmhurst gas Tanks"...giant gas tanks situated right next to the Long Island Expressway, which would rise and fall according to how full they were. It's in Queens.


Cool Tiki Modern art tho'.


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-05-27 1:02 pm   Permalink

Tres Tiki Modern indeed ....in a super cheapo cheesy way (which I mean as a compliment )
I like their titles:
"Their names are Thor, Explorer, and Vanguard."


 
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Tiki-Kate
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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
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From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2008-06-09 6:23 pm   Permalink

Well, the little Norwegian girl inside me just could not resist these. Here's where they ended up. They're on my sort of miscellaneous wall.





 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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From: Carson, California
Posted: 2008-07-10 9:11 pm   Permalink

Some nice House of Ran Su wall art - These more African than tiki, but still beautiful modernist pieces:







Here's the auction, (not mine), with a buy-it-now, or make-offer:

http://cgi.ebay.com/MID-CENTURY-MODERN-ABSTRACT-CUBIST-WALL-ART-eames-era_W0QQitemZ330250383154QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item330250383154&_trksid=p3286.m14.l1318
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