Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Grand old ladies of Scandinavian design III

Enamel designer Grete Prytz Kittelsen (Norway, 1917-)
Granddaughter of the great Norwegian designer Jacob Tostrup, born in Oslo and was educated in Paris as well as the Art Institute in Chicago. Renowned and awarded for her many works with stainless steel and silver. Today probably best known for the Lotus series for Cathrineholm. Ironically, Grete Prytz did not design the Lotus pattern herself, but rather fought the factory against using it. But the local housewives liked it, so it stayed... Grete and her ex-husband Arne Korsmo were a major factor in the rise in popularity of Scandinavian Modern design in the 1940s and onward.

There is currently an exhibition running at Kunstindustrimuseet in Oslo, and a book release. Grete Prytz Kittelsen lives in Oslo in a wonderful modernist house designed by Arne Korsmo (see my earlier post, Planetveien 12).


Anonymous said...

Wow these are so neat (all these women). Her expression is my favorite, though. And, yeah, I love her stuff.

Cecilie said...

Oh, I LOVE these posts!
Thanks for sharing! I was thinking of doing something similar on my blog, but now I`ll just link to your blog. :)

Francesca said...

wow, what a lot to catch up on! lovely posts.

Adelle said...

I love Cathrineholm's Lotus pattern! I think I'll have to get my hands on the exhibition catalogue as I doubt I'll be going to Oslo anytime soon!