The 60th Signature by Rusty Remakes. I first spotted these shiny, elegant brass horns in an Instagram post. They were stacked on a chair in a room, cluttered with numerous old items. The owner was a man named Kalle Trygg, a humble gentleman from southern Sweden that I met at the Stockholm Antiques Fair.
I immediately called him up and after some serious convincing, he finally agreed on parting with the horns, and on shipping them to Stockholm. The weeks went by but no horns turned up. After several reminders through texts and phone calls, I started to get worried. They weren’t lost or anything, but Kalle just didn’t find the time to pack and ship them off to me.
Eventually, summer approached and my girlfriend and I left for a vacation trip to Öland. Knowing that we would be staying 150 km away from Kalle’s place I realized the only way I would get my hands on those horns was to drive there and pick them up myself. Locating Kalle’s huge warehouse in the middle of nowhere was a day trip, but it was worth it. The horns were even more magnificent in reality, and in close to perfect condition.
Back at our summer house, I placed the horns next to each other on the lawn, in a circle, to photograph them. Arranged like that, they looked like an enormous flower, emerging from the earth. I wondered if I could actually make a lamp out of them joint together like that.
The right opportunity to turn that thought into reality revealed itself 6 months later. A new luxury hotel was under construction in the very center of Stockholm and the interior would be a mix of Art Deco and innovative design. A perfect fit.
In that honor, this Signature by Rusty Remakes is named after Swedish actress Greta Garbo, who once said “Is there anything better than to be longing for something, when you know it is within reach?” Based on the trouble I went through to get these horns, I’d say I agree with her.