Having both been chefs for a number of years we like our food… and drink. We’ve lined up a number of gifts for epicureans in your life.
They may be big on doing a spot of cooking, baking or culinary wizardry. Or they may prefer to just do the tasting, leaving the business of preparation to others. Whichever camp they fall into, there’s something here for them!
It was written not only with Greta’s close cooperation, but with extensive contributions from her – in the form of interviews, added text, selection of images and so on. You really are getting to know the artist intimately.
Greta was one of the foremost Scandinavian designers of the Mid-century Modern era – in addition to which she also collaborated with many of the other great names from the period.
She had “a thorough knowledge of materials, vast technical skill, independence and originality.”
Her work has directly touched the daily lives of countless thousands with her ranges of beautiful yet practical kitchen & tableware.
She’s rightly praised for making good design accessible as she simplified the production process wherever possible, thus keeping retail prices affordable.
She’s immediately associated with the iconic Lotus cookware produced by Cathrineholm of Norway in the 1950s – ironically, the repeating leaf pattern of the Lotus range was the work of another designer – Arne Clausen.
She was responsible for the form & colours of the range – and apparently preferred the enamel without the additional decoration.
Her range of products is vast – pots, pans, plates, cruets, bowls and cutlery.
There are decorative objects too, such as candelabra & vases…
…and not forgetting the beautiful jewellery – we just love her jewellery!!
The book is very well written – comprehensive, entertaining and informative.
It’s full of wonderful archive images, product advertisements & brochures.
Also, fabulous photographs of her work – which is some feat as the beauty of enamel is very difficult to capture in print.
The book concludes with a wonderful reference section including a fully illustrated catalogue of works and chronology.
It’s a must have book for anyone who shares our passion – or is not yet familiar with her work.
As it’s nearing Christmas, we’re doing a festive Charity Vintage post. This week, we’re featuring this fab boxed set of vintage Corgi Christmas vehicles. The 10 vehicles, which include Ford vans, Bedford Buses and Morris trucks, are all emblazoned with Christmas greetings.
The set ends tomorrow and is up for sale on eBay for Charity by & in support of DebRA*
They’d make a great Christmas present for a vintage vehicle fan – whatever their age!
*DebRA provides nursing and social care for people with EB (Epidermolysis Bullosa) – a painful condiiton where the skin and internal membranes blister at the slightest touch. DebRA also funds research programmes and are just a few years away from effective treatments.
I’m a self-confessed gadget freak. If money was no object, the latest MacBook and iPhone would arrive by courier with each new release. No basic models for me either, I love all the bells & whistles!
Justin is much less of a computer geek, but he does love his hi-fi gear; he’s a vinyl junkie and Spotify addict. A quality music system, wifi speakers and pair of wireless headphones to match would make him a very happy bunny on Christmas Day.
Gifts for techies don’t have to look geeky. I love the USB stick masquerading as a Chanel lipstick (#2) and the ‘rubber duck’ wireless speaker for the bath (#6) tickles me!
The one item I’d be most happy to find under the Christmas tree this year though, is the Xperia™ Z2 Tablet (#1). It’s completely waterproof so I’d be able to use it in the bath to read, surf the net or watch the latest Scandi Noir offering!