We’ve mentioned ceramic designer, Birger Kaipiainen (1915-1988) before on our blog – we have a cup & saucer that he designed for Arabia. A place where he claims he was, “able to grow like a weed”.
Whilst researching this post, I’ve discovered a plethora of brilliant works by him. He produced an impressive mural – 9 x 5 metres – for the 1967 World Exhibition in Montreal entitled, Orvokkimeri (Sea of Violets). Most of his other works are on a much smaller scale; vases, platters, chargers and table and serveware.
Vintage examples of his work can occasionally be found on 1st Dibs, Bukowskis, Etsy and eBay. The Finnish Design Shop sells a few of his designs that are still in production.
There was a book written by Harri Kalha to accompany a 2013 exhibition of Kaipiainen’s work that’s found its way on to my wish list!
We bought these two lovely vintage Paris side plates this week – what classic 1950s designs!
They’re quite similar, both featuring French café scenes, but were produced by different makers – namely Ridgway and Alfred Meakin.
The illustrations are gorgeous – café society, stylish ladies and gentlemen, parasols, hats… and poodles!
They display very well – catching your eye and drawing you in for a closer look – something different to notice each time. Available to buy in our webshop now.
There’s such a goldmine of vintage Scandinavian designers from which to choose, we’ve decided upon yet another this week – Raija Uosikkinen (1923-2004).
She is probably most well-known for her fruity Pomona and folk art Emilia patterns for Arabia, where she worked from 1947 to 1986. She also designed annual Christmas commemorative collectors’ plates for the company between 1978 and 1983.
The Finnish designer’s work is most easy to find on Tradera (the Scandi version of eBay), Etsy and to a lesser extent on eBay.
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Look at this fine fellow!
The vintage Bitossi bull was a favourite buy from last week. It was designed by Aldo Londi, the company’s artistic director for over half a century. This piece dates from the 1950s/60s era.
Bold colour, stylised shape and impressed, textural decoration are all classic hallmarks of Aldo Londi’s Rimini Blu.
As you can see, it’s factory marked to the underside – and condition is very good with no chips or cracks – just a bit of age-related crazing to the glaze. It’s a good size too, measuring just over 30cm in length, so a real eye-catching piece. A classic bit of mid century modern home décor! Available to buy in our web shop this week priced at £150.
It was while researching another designer for our Designer Desire series that I stumbled across the work of Pepa Reverter. She’s a ceramic and plastics designer, collectable toy designer, furniture designer, gallery curator and illustrator (illustrating editorial pieces for the International Herald Tribune – now the New York Times International Edition).
Born in 1969 in Alcazar, Spain, Reverter is now based in Barcelona, the city where she obtained her degree and masters. Designed in 2012, her most well-known work – The Sisters Collection – comprises a series of sculptural vases named Louise, Frida, Sofia, Helen and Clara. They are manufactured by Bosa in Italy. Between 35 & 40cm tall, they are “A collection of vases that pays tribute to women of all cultures and all times”. They are available in plain white glaze or hand-decorated in various metallic or coloured designs. Many of them are available at the moment on 1st Dibs, Mohd, and B3 eshop. They retail for around £250 to £800 each depending on sister and decoration.
My work represents ingenuity, joy and enthusiasm, all those qualities that children have and that when we are older, we easily lose ourselves through the obstacles and challenges that make our lives.
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BD Barcelona | Casa Camper | Rotocasted
The most well-known designs by Wolf Karnagel (b. 1940) are ones he produced for German companies, Lufthansa and Rosenthal.
In the 1980s, he designed around 120 food service items for the airline. From cutlery, cups & saucers, tea & coffee services, drinking glasses, condiment sachets and napkins to the trays it was all served upon.
Latterly, he has produced award-winning designs for KPM Berlin and Kahla. Functional and tactile, his designs are influenced by Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus movement.
His work is regularly available on Etsy and eBay.