We’ve just realised that it’s been almost a year since our last Alphabet blog post!! Where does time go?
Anyway, we’ll get back on our metaphorical alphabet bike and resume where we left off. The last post in this series was O is for… Owl. So today it’s P – and ‘P’ is for… Per. Per Lütken to be precise.
photo credit: 20th Century Forum
Per Lütken is one of the great names in Scandinavian glass. He assumed the role of art director & chief designer at Holmegaard Glasværk in 1946.
photo credit: Retropolitan
He introduced lovely soft colours and free flowing organic forms to the company’s output in the 1950s – ‘Provence’ bowls & ‘Beak’ vases being classic pieces from this period. The iconic ‘Aristocrat’ decanter is also much sought after by mid century modern fans. The 1960s saw experimentation with clear & coloured glass to achieve eye-catching, swirling designs. Towards the end of the decade he introduced his innovative ‘Lava’ glassware which retained impurities to give an earthy, rustic look. The 1970s saw Lütken produce one-off glass sculptures along with further mass produced ranges such as the Vintergaek series which incorporated opaline glass into a clear glass body. He continued to design, develop, guide, influence & innovate at Holmegaard until his death in the 1990s.
photo credit: austrohungaro, Collectors Weekly
There are some must-visit sites on the net for reference guides to Scandinavian glass – 20th Century Glass, 20th Century Forum and Collectors Weekly.
photo credit: austrohungaro, Collectors Weekly
Here’s a selection of books on Scandinavian art glass that we recommend:
We often have plenty of Scandinavian art glass available in our shop. We have one lovely example of Per Lütken’s work currently in stock. It’s the small, icy blue vase in our main picture. It has the great man’s signature etched to the base and the date year of 1958.
These are the big eyes of our latest owl – in this case, a pottery money box.
They never stay with us long as these feathered friends are consistently popular in our shop.
Whether in the form of money boxes, mugs, pot stands, textile prints, pictures or book illustrations.
We’ve blogged a fair few times about the great illustrator, Kenneth Townsend. He designed the cutest owl as part of his Menagerie series – apparently the owl was his favourite animal!
Another wonderful illustrator with a thing for owls was Celestino Piatti who once said, “You can draw an owl a thousand times, and never find out its secret”.
image credit: Fishink
We’ve had a quick trawl on the web for some more owls – here are some favourites:
image credit: Vintage Kids” Books my Kid Loves
Wise Ol’ Canister, Orange: £118 – Anthropologie
Happy owl open edition print by Matte Stephens: $35 – Etsy
image credit: mmmcrafts
image credit: Shailesh Chavda
We’re known for vintage here at H is for Home…
…but we also like to stock a smattering of new items too.
Things that we think sit well – contemporary products with a vintage or folk art feel.
We look for a handmade aspect too. These are a few examples – all currently available on our website.
This vintage polka dot milk jug is a recent addition to our webshop.
Produced by Price Bros, it really is a fabulous bit of 1950s pottery… and just has to beat using a plastic milk carton!
It got us thinking about other milky marvels we could rustle up.
Turns out we had quite a few pieces to share – from storage vessels like old bottles & crates to advertising items such as this teatowel.
BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine ran a big feature on milk-related collectables this month… referred to as dairyana these days.
Dairyana incorporates butter & cheese items too – so there are various utensils, stools, buckets, bowls, churns and moulds to consider.
Lots of lovely treen, enamel, metalware and pottery.
Items have many practical uses which add to the appeal of collecting.
We like few pieces dotted around the kitchen. It adds a bit of vintage character & warmth. Some items we use as originally intended such as jugs – others can be repurposed like vintage milk bottles for displaying fresh cut flowers.
So, raise a glass to dairyana… a milk glass of course!
There’ll be many eyes focusing on London this week with the Royal Wedding happening on Friday…
…so “L” has to be for London!
We’ve gathered images of H is for Home shop stock items – past & present, that celebrate the capital…
…famous landmarks, archetypal characters and classic scenes.
They’ve appeared on all kinds of products…
…lots of tins, pottery and book illustrations…
…and tea towels, posters and postcards.
We’d be tempted to have quite a collection if we were London dwellers!
We can’t resist a few pieces, even though we live out int’ sticks up t’North.
We often see London-tastic products in the glossy interior magazines and websites – and we usually forget to bookmark them!
However, you’ll always find some good stuff at places like the London Transport Museum or V & A Museum web shops…
…and take a look at the “We ♥ London” Etsy Treasury that we’ve put together.
P.S. – Another special London event started last week – commemorating the original 1951 Festival of Britain.
We loaned a few items to Kiera Buckley-Jones from BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine. She has recreated rooms from the period. Read her blog series charting its development here. We’re hoping to take a little trip down south to see it before it finishes in September.
A good few years ago when we lived in Brighton, we saw an advert in the local paper… box of old keys for sale – £15.
We were quite curious so drove over… and were very pleased we did.
A large box of lovely old keys – hundreds of them – all sizes, shapes and uses.
Made from iron & steel, some have got real age to them – two or three hundred years!!
We think they’re quite beautiful to look at. They’re not the easiest thing to display – one day we’ll get round to hanging them on one wall with lots of little nails…
…or perhaps you’ve got other display ideas?