Tuesday, March 31, 2009
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
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
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
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
Monday, March 16, 2009
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
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
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.