Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Leaf patterns again

I have a thing for leaf patterns, especially on pottery. Here are a couple of vintage 'new' ones. Lidded pot is Brazil by Figgjo flint, the leaf shaped dish is signed but impossible to read and the pan I think is a Swedish make, ALP. The name is Calypso.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Nesodden architecture

I brought my camera along on our Sunday walk this weekend. These are some of the houses around here.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Coffee time again

Some days the cupboard looks better than others. Which cup to pick this time..? (I went for the pale blue one designed by Mette from Scusi :-)

A little artist's work

However trendy it is with fluorescent colors these days, I can't say I was too pleased to come home and find my desk looking like this... Stick to the paper, boy. The p-a-p-e-r.

Friday, March 27, 2009

City - the chair

This is an old favorite of mine. It's called City and was designed in 1954 by Norwegian designer Øivind Iversen. It was his final degree piece while studying at Statens Kunst og Håndtverkskole, and the first bent plywood chair to be produced in this country (the production factory was Møre Lenestolfabrikk in Ørsta). It was one of the first standard products offered up to buyers of public and private places of gatherings.

After having been away from the market for years, the City chair was put back into production again a few years ago and available in retail. I am lucky enough to have some vintage ones, most of them derived from my mother's old workplace (a hospital). Some or them were rather damaged and in need of some tender loving care - I sanded them down and painted them. I used them for a long time but they're now in storage - waiting for the next round. (Hence the production photos and not my private ones.) At the time I was dreaming of owning Arne Jacobsens 'Ant' or 'Syveren' chairs, but now I'd rather have these. Preferably in walnut...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Rundt bordet - cook book

I've been to a book launch today for the Norwegian cook book 'Rundt bordet' (Around the table) by photographer couple Nina Dreyer Hensley and Jim Hensley + stylist Ann Kristine Wang. The 230-page book is full of beautiful images and simple recipes for healthy everyday meals – great for busy families. It should be a hit! Big thank you to Nina for the invitation and my book sample. I promise to use it. A lot!

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Orla obsession continues

Frankie got me this chocolate box from Orla Kiely in London. Yummy! Top notch all the way.

Shouldn't really be a problem...

70s sunglasses

Remember these? Foldable sunglasses... Have a sunny weekend everyone! (I think I'll dig out my vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarers, though.)

Monday, March 16, 2009

70’s color combo brown and orange

I'll start my blog week with a little color for you. I think these practically scream 1970’s: two vintage mugs from Staffordshire, England and a vintage tin of unknown make. When I grew up my mum had a full set of the dark brown mugs (some with green pattern also, I seem to remember), but has later gotten rid of them. I found this one on ebay.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Blog statistics

I never tire of looking at my blog statistics and ponder on all my readers. You know who you are.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Made to order

Two of my best customers are the girls behind SCUSI. They ordered these two a long time ago, and I finally got around to sewing them. Thanks for being so patient, girls!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The curtain game

My two-year-old loves playing in the curtains. And shifting that floral pouf around.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Cross stitch on pottery

A rather unusual type of decor on pottery this, I think. It looks both royal, folksy and childish at the same time. The design is called Menu and it is - you guessed it - another Figgjo product. Now I need to find a pot for that lid...

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Kasthall rugs

Swedish rug company Kasthall has some fantastic products. Their head of design, Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg is the creator behind the first 3 rugs pictured here; Daisy, Spectra and Nova. The bottom rug, Tun, is sold by the meter and is intended for hallways etc. Comes in great 50’s colors (which I will come back to in a later post). Johan Carpner is the designer.

Lotta Kühlhorn

I saw some of Lotta Kühlhorn’s designs at Designtorget a while back, and have been meaning to look her up. I wish I'd done it sooner! Love her apples and cherries especially, but also her book covers and illustration work.