Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Pølse & Lompe experience

Pølse & Lompe* is the name of my latest project where I'm collaborating with my good friend Maggie. We launched this project last weekend at the Designers' Christmas fair here in Oslo, after having worked on it since early summer. The result we presented at the fair was an "alternative" pin-up wall calendar for 2011 and a collection of 18 greeting cards. It was received very well, and we're excited to continue on designing and writing for more cards in the new year.

For an enlarged and more legible version, click on the image.
(Apologies to my non-Norwegian readers...)

Maggie pushing our merchandise at the fair.

During last week we also got two great shops in Oslo selling our goods: Ruth 66 and Los Lobos.

A Pølse & Lompe web shop is in the pipeline. I will of course let you know when you can shop our merchandise online :-) Meanwhile, we have a contact page on the web (click here).

* If you wonder about the name, pølse and lompe is a traditional Norwegian hot dog dish. It's a long story...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Winter window

This was yesterday. Today it was all foggy. Tomorrow I will tell you about my latest project.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Designers Christmas Fair in Oslo this weekend

If you are in Oslo this weekend, make sure to visit the Designers Christmas Fair at DogA (Centre for Design and Architecture). It's open 10-18 both days.

I will be there selling a new line of products - this time in collaboration with my friend Maggie. (More on this in a later post.)

Getting everything ready in time has prevented me from spending much time blogging recently. I have some 394 blog posts to catch up on in my RSS feed at the moment too...

PS! The absolutely stunning poster (above) for the Christmas fair is designed by top Norwegian illustrator and designer Cecillie Ellefsen.

Monday, November 22, 2010

What it was all about (or: breakfast conference follow-up)

Going for a spin in a rubber stamp carousel. (Or maybe they have been captured by some evil aliens?) One of the guys in white has been replaced by Chewbacca... something's going on here.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Breakfast conference?

This little group was occupying the breakfast table this morning. I wonder what it was all about.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Christmas time already?

This early Christmas surprise turned up in my mail last week. It is a gift from the super sweet Francesca over at Mrs. Eliot Books. Thank you so much, my friend! I have admired this pattern for some time, and now I finally have a sample in my collection :-)) The pattern is called Checkmate and is by the Empire Porcelain Company. If you like this, do check out Francesca's fab coffee pot here...

What is Christmas without some candle light? I almost passed on these candlesticks at my local flea market... Sometimes it's hard to see the gems among all the trash at these places. I'm very happy I brought them home, though. They are made from black stained wood, designer and make unknown. I love the little stick handles on them and the cone shaped tripod feet.

And then there is this vintage LP with Christmas songs that I picked up for its sleeve design. The illustration is by Peter Haars, who I have blogged a little about earlier (click here to see). It dates to 1968. This particular illustration reminds me a lot of Sanna Annukka's style.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

And the winner is... (slightly on overtime)...

First of all, thanks for all your comments! I did say I would name the winner on November 1st, and here it is - a day late. I'm sure you've all been close to dying from excitement... ;-) So, without further delay, here goes:

All 13 names on individual notes...

... flip them all over...

... call in the assistant and tell him to pick one.

He's made his choice...
and the lucky winner of the jb design fridge magnets is...

Didi! My lovely friend in New Zealand.
Congratulations :-)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Total blog visitors or: Give-away time

Hello dear readers,
It looks like today will be the day when my blog reaches the number of
100 000 blog visits :-)
As you can see in the screen shot above, I'm 51 visitors away at the time of posting this. I guess this cause for some kind of celebration, so I've decided to do a little give-away on this occasion. If you would like to become the owner of this item:

(the last remaining lot of my handmade vintage fabric covered fridge magnets), just leave a comment to this post some time between now and say November 1st, when I'll do a draw and name a winner. Good luck!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oh, Orla...

...why do you have to design so many stunning items? I have no more room in my cupboards! I still want these from the new Orla Kiely kitchen collection:

Sunday, October 17, 2010

It was time to take out all my Cathrineholm pots and pans today and give them a good clean.

And put them back on display.

In memory of the fantastically creative woman who designed them (although the Cathrineholm Lotus pattern items were not her own favorite pieces of work). Grete Prytz Kittelsen will remain one of the most inspiring Norwegian designers of all times. She died three weeks ago at 94.

(Portrait photo borrowed from Dagens Næringsliv)

Friday, October 15, 2010

British steel

I couldn't resist these little beauties from Viners Studio, Sheffield, England when I came across them in a fleamarket a few days ago – in their original box. The texture and shape of the teaspoons as well as the packaging practically screams of the 1960s.

PS! On the side of the box it has the designer's name: Gerald Benney, DES., R.C.A. (Which I Googled – it stands for Diploma of Designer, Royal College of Art.)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A couple of odd couples

I'm now the proud owner of a Lisa Larsson (fox) figurine. I've placed him in the company of a recently thrifted ceramic piggy bank.

Two vintage melamine bowls designed by Sigvard Bernadotte for Husquarna, Sweden. I think the shape is beautiful. The red one was handed down to me from my grandmother some time ago while the little brown one was purchased yesterday.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The hobby room

Hmmm... Should I do sewing, watch TV, typewrite, play tennis or maybe do a little shooting?
I love this interior image found on Retrospace. It's just so... wrong.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Funky Friday

Due to a severe lack of spare time on my part these days, my blog posts are few and far between. I hope to make it up to my readers soon. Meanwhile, here's a little something to hopefully get you in the right weekend mood. Have a groovy one.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Colorful cars

Mum is not the only one in this household with a slight obsessive collecting disorder; The four-year-old loves his toy cars and can't get enough of them.

Just when I thought we had lined them all up, he sees some more on the shelf and climbs up on a chair in order to reach.

...76, 78, 79...

They all stayed in place for a whole week. After much debate I was finally allowed to move them in order to hoover the floor.

PS! The road map rug is from Ikea. From the PS range ;-) No longer in production unfortunately.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fall fashion colors

Following up on my last post – it seems the colors in that print is everywhere this season.


Dries van Noten


Monday, August 23, 2010

Kon-Tiki, Stavangerflint

My latest Stavangerflint additions:

I love the colour combo in general, and the asymetric design on the big plate in particular.

This is not the original cup for this plate, but it is in the same product line and the petroleum blue colour goes well with pattern I think.

Here's an ad from a vintage catalog showing more items with this pattern (found here). I assume the range was named after Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki expedition.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Marimekko autumn wish list

My birthday is coming up in a few weeks... ;-)

Amalia shirt dress
Designer: Mika Piirainen

Daniella dress
Designer: Chary Westberg

Edith coat
Designer: Nora Iknadossian

Lakunauha necklace
Designer: Kaisli Kiuru

Olkalaukku messenger bag (in aubergine)
Designer: Ristomatti Ratia

Puolikaskukkaro purse
Pattern: Pikku Suomu (by Annika Rimala)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Hip Eames environment. Not so hip occupants.

I can't remember which blog I found this image on, but every time I come across it in my files it makes me smile. So, I thought I'd share it with you.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday kitchentop blog post

I like the light in this photo. (Looks like it's time to go grocery shopping and get the bowls filled again...)

I think the Norwegian word for this thing is a 'saltkar' - a lidded tub for salt. Usually they will be pottery with a wooden top. This one is produced by Rosti Mepal, and as most kitchen things by Rosti it is made from a plastic or melamine – the lid too. I found this at Fretex (Salvation Army's second hand store) in Gol, Hallingdal. A great place for thrifts if you're ever in that area.