Mannequin mystery

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We had a mystery mannequin on our hands this week. It caught our eye at the local flea market and we liked the form. It looked familiar, but we weren’t sure who the designer actually was. We thought it dated from the 1980s era – and had an Ikea look about it. You’d expect the internet to be full of pictures of relatively recent Ikea products, but there were hardly any to be found.

Vintage metal mannequin | H is for Home

We delved a little further and think it was designed by Laurids Lønborg of Denmark – you can certainly find miniature versions of it with the original Laurids Lonborg label. And the Ikea hunch seems correct as we think this large, 6ft tall version was indeed sold through some Ikea stores in the 1980s/90s. There were produced in both male and female forms – strong, yet simple lines and and very Memphis Group in style.

Detail of the base of a vintage metal mannequin | H is for Home

It’s quite an attention grabber. They’re not at all common and getting quite sought after it seems. If you want first dibs before it gets listed on eBay or taken to our antiques centre space, then just drop us a line.

Danish Fortnight at Neiman-Marcus

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Vintage Neiman-Marcus Danish Fortnight poster detail

We thought that we’d take a closer look at the vintage Neiman-Marcus poster that we showed in yesterday’s Forthcoming Attractions post. As we mentioned, we’ve had this poster in storage for some time and have just had it framed. It looks fantastic!

Vintage Neiman-Marcus Danish Fortnight poster

It’s the work of Danish artist, Ib Antoni. He designed textiles, porcelain and lamps too, but it’s his posters for which he’s most famous. He was much in demand during his relatively short career. His list of clients is tremendous –  from tourist boards to large manufacturing companies. Tragically he died quite young in a hotel fire aged just 44. He’s much loved in Denmark and indeed worldwide. He left a wonderful body of work with over 300 poster designs and is one of our favourite illustrators.

Ib Antoni's signature

The US department store Neiman-Marcus developed the concept of special fortnights to promote sales in the quiet autumn period before the Christmas rush. They started in 1957 with French Fortnight. It celebrated the distinctive culture, cuisine and fashion of that particular nation. They were a great success and continued up until the 1980s. Danish Fortnight took place in Dallas in 1964.

Vintage Neiman-Marcus Danish Fortnight poster detail

This extract comes from a local newspaper at the time:

Dallas’ Neiman-Marcus will open its Danish Fortnight tomorrow with royal Danes and Great Danes in attendance. And if it’s anything like the fairyland Swiss Fortnight of last year, start wishing that your husbands will find some business in Dallas during the two-week event. The specialty store promises to bring the greatness of Denmark to visitors, dramatizing the Tivoli Gardens with its imaginative play settings for children, the works of Hans Christian Andersen, George Jensen silver and the finest art of the country–its contemporary furniture and needlework. Dallas will join Neiman-Marcus in the exposition with a Danish Street fair sponsored by antique shops, Danish films and Danish entertainers in Dallas supper clubs.Northwest Arkansas Times, Saturday October 17 1964

There would no doubt have been some wonderful mid-century modern homewares on offer!

Vintage Neiman-Marcus Danish Fortnight poster detail

Amazingly, we acquired more than one copy of this rare vintage poster at the time we bought them. So , we could send one rolled up in a tube – you could then choose your own frame and indeed framer – and it will obviously be much cheaper & safer than sending the glazed version. This original poster measures 88cm x 61.5cm. Our blog readers will get first refusal, so get in touch if your interested.

Eva chair

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Vintage Eva chair by Koefoeds Hornslet of Denmark with Scandinavian Design book and orange throw

We’ve chosen a piece of vintage Danish furniture for this week’s favourite buy.

Vintage Eva chair by Koefoeds Hornslet of Denmark

This Eva carver armchair was designed by Niels Koefoed in 1964.

back of a vintage Eva chair by Koefoeds Hornslet of Denmark

The chair is made of teak with a plain, black, leatherette seat. It has a strong mid century modern look just standing bare, but we also like the addition of a bold colour throw or cushion. Orange always works well!

paper label on a vintage Eva chair by Koefoeds Hornslet of Denmark

 Its condition is very good and it’s fully stamped and labelled to the underside.

Koefoeds Hornslet maker's mark on a vintage Eva chair

It’s very elegant and would work well as a dining, office or occasional chair. As with most of our furniture buys, it’s on its way to our antiques centre space, but you’re welcome to collect or have a courier pick it up. The price is £125, but we could knock off the twenty five if it helps with the petrol costs!

Royal Copenhagen Tenera vase

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Royal Copenhagen Tenera vase designed by Johanne Gerber

This gorgeous vase has to be our favourite acquisition of the week!

Royal Copenhagen vase designed by Johanne Gerber

It was designed by Johanne Gerber for Denmark’s Royal Copenhagen Pottery in the 1960s.

stamp on the base of a  Royal Copenhagen vase designed by Johanne Gerber

It’s from the Tenera range and features this wonderful stylised fruit pattern.

detail from a Royal Copenhagen vase designed by Johanne Gerber

We love the subtle burnt oranges & yellows combined with the strong black – and the slightly dimpled texture adds further interest too.

Royal Copenhagen vase designed by Johanne Gerber

 It’s a good size, standing at just over 20cm tall and has real impact – in fact, it was the first thing we noticed in a large auction space filled with two hundred other objects!

Charity Vintage: Nymolle wall plaques

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Pair of vintage Nymolle wall plaques(ends 7 Jun, 2015 18:36:10 BST)

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.



Charity Vintage: Denmark… a lovely land

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'Denmark... a lovely land' vintage children's book

We recently completed our World Dolls Series blog posts. Our series took us to Norway but it didn’t make a detour into any of the neighbouring Scandinavian countries.

Denmark… a lovely land, is set out as ‘a letter from Denmark’. It’s addressed to ‘Nina’ and gives her an insight into the country with the help of a music score, black & white photos and lovely colour illustrations. The book looks to date from the 1950s and was written by Inger Oppenhejm with illustrations by Laus Lauesen.

It’s up for sale by & in support of The Martlets Hospice* at a ‘buy it now’ price of £13.50 with free postage.

*The Martlets Hospice is an independent charity, caring for adults with a life limiting disease where a cure is no longer possible, in the Brighton and Hove area. Specialist palliative care is provided for patients. Support is given to families and carers during the patients’ illness and into bereavement.