We’ve mentioned Bjørn Wiinblad a number of times on our blog in the past but for some reason have never dedicated an entire, detailed post to the man with pictorial examples showing the range of his work. Wiinblad (1918-2006) was primarily a ceramicist; his plates, vases, candle-holders figures et al are decorated with wistful and magical figures. We have a colourful charger from his ‘1001 Nights’ series for Rosenthal which firmly fits this description. He also designed and produced many pieces using other materials such as glass, metal and textiles.
According to the man himself:
It can never be the quantity of a thing that is wrong – it can only be the quality. I put just as much thought, just as many deliberations, and just as great zeal into doing the right thing in my work when I make wrapping paper as I do when I create a decoration for the Royal Ballet.
Some of his designs are still being produced today and can be found on websites such as Connox and Trouva. If his vintage work is more your thing, check out eBay and Etsy.
Sense* currently has this pair of vintage Nymolle wall plaques for sale. They were designed for the company by Bjørn Wiinblad. Best known for his ceramic pieces, he also produced posters, textiles and paintings. We’ve had a few of his designs – most of which we’ve kept for ourselves!
We have the complete set of 12 displayed along a wall leading up stairs. It’s a coincidence that the two months for sale here, April and November, are our birthday months. Funny that April (Justin) represents ‘Konflikt’ and November (Adelle) is ‘Optimisme’. You don’t need to be fluent in Danish to know what they mean! 🙂
*Sense is the UK’s leading organisation for people who are deafblind or have associated disabilities. Our aim is to maximise the profits from items donated to our charity. Funds raised by Sense are used to help the deafblind and their families.
The first (and most extravagant purchase) was this stunning charger designed by Bjørn Wiinblad. It’s from his 1001 Nights series and was produced by Rosenthal in the 1970s.
We admired it on our first circuit of the venue, picked it up and stroked it on our second circuit – and bought it on the third. We just couldn’t leave it behind!
Then a couple of pieces of flower power caught our eye – quite understandable in the case of the zingy coloured tea towel. It was very reasonably priced, so had to be bought.
Unused vintage wallpaper is always much in demand. There’s usually enough on a roll to do a feature wall – or it can be used for lining draws/shelves – or various other craft projects.
On the same stall as the Wiinblad charger, we also spotted this fabulous Swedish metal wall plaque.
The stylised beaten metal fish just screams 1960s and was designed by Sven Lindstrom. We didn’t get the name of the stall holder so can’t give him a mention in person. He was very friendly and knowledgeable – travelling to Denmark on buying trips. He even gave us a few tips for places to check out… so thanks if you happen to be reading this! We’ll make a journey when we get our camper van sorted!
We made our final purchase just as we were leaving – this pin dish was on the stall next to the main entrance.
We love the graphic townscape design in simple black on white – it just caught our eye despite being so small.
It turns out to be the work of Stig Lindberg – a true great of Scandinavian design. That was a bonus!
If you missed the last two shows, the Manchester dates for 2013 have recently been confirmed – 17 March, 9 June & 27 October.
We made the trip to Lincoln Antiques and Home Fair on Monday. Our alarm was set for 5.30am, so it was quite an early start in the cold and the dark. Add in a few hours driving and you have to hope that the effort will be worthwhile.
Fortunately it was – and we picked up some very nice pieces – some favourites are shown here. It’s mainly vintage, mid 20th century stuff; but we couldn’t resist a couple of country antiques too, such as this beautiful 18th century bowl and bread/pie oven peel.
We bought quite a few West German ‘fat lava’ pots, concentrating on bold reds & oranges. Their prices are certainly on the rise. Other ceramics included the wall plaques designed by Bjorn Wiinblad for Nymolle of Denmark. Each one represents a month of the year and features a loving couple’s story – from courtship to parenthood. We like the whimsical, folk art design and we’ve actually got a set on our kitchen wall.
A slightly more recent piece of wood was to be found in the shape of this 1950s/60s teak coaster set. We’re not sure who the maker is, but it’s got real quality to it – it’s very Scandinavian and has a gorgeous, warm colour. There was no shortage of enamelware to be found – we plumped for this set of graduated blue kitchen pots – the largest has an impressive 18 litre capacity!
The sewing box dates from the 1960s and is made of a plastic weave material. Some people call in Dandycord – which we think was a trade name or brand of PVC flooring. The same material was used in the manufacture of these sewing boxes. You also see chairs, plant pot holders, magazine racks etc from the same period made from it. We were given a real flash of flower power colour when we lifted the lid! Equally bold & bright were the lovely little teatowel and this absolutely stunning roll of unused 1950s fabric, with it’s classic vase design & period colour combination of yellow, red, grey, black & blue.
It’s always tempting to stay in a warm bed, but we’re glad that we didn’t when we look back at this haul!