Wow!! How about this for an eye-popping bit of orange Op Art loveliness?
This cup & saucer is from the Orbit range produced by Burleigh in the 1960s. It’s superb and quite uncharacteristic of their usual output which is normally very traditional. Someone must have had a rush of blood to the head (or taken LSD) that week. It’s quite a rare pattern and doesn’t appear for sale often.
It’s a great display piece, and would also provide the perfect pick-me-up start to the day filled with strong coffee. We’ve got a few for sale and they’ll appear in our webshop soon.
We love vintage Scandinavian pottery chez H is for Home. We buy, sell & collect manufacturers such as Figgjo Flint, Arabia, Gustavsberg and Nymølle; and designers like Stig Lindberg, Lisa Larson, Bjørn Wiinblad and Kaj Franck.
This lovely little dish is Stavangerflint Flamingo designed by Inger Waage in the 1950s. It’s being sold by and in support of Hospice of St Francis* currently listed with a ‘buy it now’ price of £24.99 and would make a lovely addition to someone’s Scandinavian pottery collection!
*The Hospice aims to bring peace, comfort and dignity to patients and families facing the crisis of serious illness. We offer assessment and skilled clinical care, respite breaks, home support, day care and bereavement support. Care is free of charge and a flexible and individual approach is made.
This copy of Retro Magazine arrived last week. It was sent by the lovely people at Hus & Hem as we’d supplied an image of a yellow Finel coffee pot for them to use.
Hus & Hem (and this off-shoot publication) hails from Sweden so we did have a slight problem to overcome with regards to the language barrier. We should be fluent in Swedish judged by the number of Scandinavian crime dramas we watch – but alas not!
It didn’t stop this magazine being a very enjoyable “read” for us though. We could pick up on the general gist of the articles, but we mainly let the pictures do the talking.
There’s certainly no shortage of them with lots of vintage retro gorgeousness to peruse.
Scandinavia is of course home to many great designers both past & present – and the source of many pieces so sought after by collectors. So it’s no surprise that they should have some excellent publications dedicated to the subject.
The magazine crams loads in. There are some inspiring house tours, vintage fashion and features on classic design.
As you can see from the article on Mari Simmulson & Upsala-Ekeby pottery for example, these articles are quite extensive and make great source material for identification or collecting.
There are also current product pointers and a location tour with an eye to vintage design & retail opportunities.
In this issue, Helsingfors (Helsinki in Swedish) is the destination – it’s gone onto our list for when we do that much longed for Scandinavian camper van tour.
The photography is excellent throughout. There’s also much use of vintage magazine articles & advertisements to display products or show items in situ.
It costs about £5.00 per issue.
It’s definitely worth giving a try – you might even learn a new language!
We’ve long admired Anita Nylund’s designs for Jie Gantofta. Folky, colourful and most importantly useful. A collection of these jars looks fab in a vintage kitchen. We’ve come across containers in this range for tea, coffee, sugar, sugar shakers, salt & pepper shakers, salt pots, dried fruit, raisins, rice, spice jars, pickles and fish (?!).
Here’s a Jie Gantofta biscuit jar currently being sold on eBay for Charity in support of Dove House Hospice*. It’s already over £20 and it ends in a couple of days, so if you want to start or add to your collection get bidding quick!
*Dove House Hospice offers specialist palliative care to adults with life-limiting illnesses. Palliative care is the total care of a patient whose disease is no longer able to be cured. There is no charge for our services & we rely on funds raised in the community.