Issue 11 — Partnership

10 things that one can no longer buy

Photos by Markus Jans



This NYMPHENBURG porcelain chrysanthemum is one of a mere 25 editions in existence in the world. It is part of a series designed by artist Terence Koh for NYMPHENBURG in 2008. Each edition visualises a different stage in a chrysanthemum’s life-cycle. Dozens of individual petals are formed and assembled. The kiln decides how each petal turns out, and thus no two flowers are alike. It is for this reason that I will never sell this masterpiece.

glass jar with lid


The family-run Austrian glassware company LOBMEYR has a system in place whereby they buy back vintage LOBMEYR products in order to authenticate them and resell them with an authenticity certificate in their Viennese flagship store. That was where I made this rare find a few years ago. In the 1930s, when this jar was produced, the glass was enriched with a chemical to achieve this golden lustre. Years later, the chemical was found to be carcinogenic for the glass-blowers and so the production of golden glass was discontinued. Around ten years ago, LOBMEYR developed a lead-free technique that achieves the same results. These originals from the 1930s, however, are now a rarity.

Chair from the 1920s


My brother Kostas lived in Munich in the 1990s. The ex-wife of the former head of the Vitra Museum lived in the flat next to his–that’s a mouthful. Thanks to her, the basement of the building was a bonanza for design fiends like myself. Amongst the many beautiful items there, I spotted this wooden chair and bought it from her. The designer is unknown; I reckon it is from the 1920s. I actively use it in my home, although I’d classify it more as a sculpture than a piece of furniture.

Andreas MurkudisBerlin

Andreas Murkudis operates the trendsetting multibrand stores 77, 81 and 98 in -Potsdamer Strasse, Berlin. The spacious stores present curated selections of lifestyle objects, accessories, fashion and interior design concepts. 

Untitled, 1995,
gouache on paper,
30 x 20 cm
by Silvia Bächli


I’ve been an avid admirer of Bächli’s works for many years and have been collecting her art since the early 2000s. I acquire most of it directly from the Barbara Gross Galerie in Munich, but this work on paper caught my eye at Vera Munro’s gallery in Hamburg. It is by far one of my favourites from my collection. The calligraphic lattice on the edges, the white centre–I feel like I’m peeking through a tear in a fabric or some sort of crevice.

Rick Owens
and Dialogues


Rick Owens opened his first store in Jardin du Palais Royal, Paris, in 2006. I greatly admire his work–so much so that I stock his collections at my own store–so, naturally, I planned a trip to Paris. While I was browsing the store, this wallet caught my eye. The distinct large graining of the crocodile leather, as well as its ivory colour, make it one of a kind. An equally memorable, and slightly more freaky, feature of the store was the scarily lifelike wax figure of Rick.

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