Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Korulen, Prunus and a yellow rose

For those of you who check in regularly: Sorry for the absence! Hopefully you're into vintage pottery patterns – then you might find it worth the wait...

First up is the latest addition to my orange collection – it's an Egersund pitcher, the sunflower pattern is called Korulen. It sits really well with my other orange Egersund items (featured in an earlier post) and brightens up my breakfast every day.

This next item is a little gem, although it's just a lid and not really usable on its own. But: it's pretty, it's by Stig Lindberg, it's the Prunus pattern. If you know what the funny shaped lid is for, please let me know! Stripey fabric – oven mitt, to be exact – is by Marimekko, and a very usable item :-)

I have featured this pattern before – the creamer was in an earlier post on yellows and greys. I recently found the sugar bowl to go with it :-) It's by Barratt's, Staffordshire of England. The little spoon is Skaugum – a vintage (but still in production) Norwegian cutlery series with teak handles. Also available in rosewood, white and black. The tray in the background is by Habitat (I think) and is called Tesso.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Single Man

Last week I went to see A Single Man directed by Tom Ford, previously of Gucci designer fame and now also a great film director. The film is enjoyable in every way; great story, fantastic actors, moving music, and of course – the set, the locations, the interiors and the fashion... Impeccably styled and nothing left to chance. Obviously. Even the dogs are stylish! But I would say that, wouldn't I, having a smooth fox terrier myself ;-)

I read somewhere that the two dogs in the film are Tom Ford's own.

It wasn't easy finding good interior shots from the film, but this one above sums it up quite well, I think. Lots of muted colors, big side table lamps, dark wood panelling and clean lines.

The house used in the film as the home of main character George (Colin Firth) is known as the Schaffer residence in Glendale, California. It was built in 1949 and the architect is John Lautner (who I intend to feature in a later post).

Julianne Moore's character represents the more opulent style input in the film.

All in all, the best film I've seen so far this year. A definite future dvd purchase. If you haven't already seen it, I recommend you do. It's a feast for the eye but also so much more.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Saturday on skis

Admiring his new gear.


10 minutes later and the skier's had enough.

His master’s toys

Kurt thinks it's so unfair that he's not allowed to play with the slinky or chew the lovely new longhaired sheepskin rug or even pull on the curtains. He will do his best to get away with it, though.

Mad Men meets Barbie

I'm still waiting for season 3 of Mad Men to be launched on dvd (it will probably be out on video before shown on TV in this country). I know it's out on March 23rd in the US, so hopefully we will have it in the stores here before too long. Meanwhile, how about this?:

From Available to consumers July 2010. Designed by Barbie designer Robert Best, the Mad Men Barbie doll line features key players from the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency: creative director and leading man Don Draper; his wife Betty Draper; Sterling Cooper partner Roger Sterling; and bombshell office manager Joan Holloway. (Via Obsessilicious blog).

Brangelina meets Mad Men

These images have been making the blog rounds but I still think they're worth another post. The photography is as fab as the interiors. Images by Steven Klein for W magazine (click on the link to see all 33 images). Found via Whorange blog.

I have to agree with Whorange blog - dysfunctional never looked more desirable.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Designer Al Coulson

There are some interesting and talented people living in my area. Today I'd like to introduce you to one of them – designer Al Coulson. You can check out his website for more great designs and projects here.

I think the concept and execution of this drink/music cabinet is fantastic.
Wouldn't it be perfect for lounge parties?

This mobile kitchen was designed and developed for the TV-series «Scandinavian Cooking».

Friday, March 5, 2010

Freia chocolate ad with retro interiors

Every time this ad comes on the telly I wish I could pause the film and have a good look at the interiors. So I looked it up online. Now I want to BE in that 50s/60s kitchen and the 70s living room and absorb the details.

You can view the whole ad here.