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Bookmarks: Grete Prytz Kittelsen – The art of enamel design

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

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Grete Prytz Kittelsen - The art of enamel design book with a selection of Lotus enamelware

Grete Prytz Kittelsen – The Art of Enamel Design by Karianne Bjellå Gilje explores the work of one of our favourite product designers.

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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.

portrait of Grete Prytz Kittelsen standing

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.

Grete Prytz Kittelsen-designed jewellery

She had “a thorough knowledge of materials, vast technical skill, independence and originality.”

red Grete Prytz Kittelsen-designed necklace

Her work has directly touched the daily lives of countless thousands with her ranges of beautiful yet practical kitchen & tableware.

green Grete Prytz Kittelsen-designed enamel tea set

She’s rightly praised for making good design accessible as she simplified the production process wherever possible, thus keeping retail prices affordable.

sculptural Grete Prytz Kittelsen-designed necklace

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.

selection of Cathrineholm Lotus enamelware

She was responsible for the form & colours of the range – and apparently preferred the enamel without the additional decoration.

Cathrineholm Lotus catalogue

Her range of products is vast – pots, pans, plates, cruets, bowls and cutlery.

Grete Prytz Kittelsen-designed salad bowl and servers

There are decorative objects too, such as candelabra & vases…

Grete Prytz Kittelsen-designed square plates

…and not forgetting the beautiful jewellery – we just love her jewellery!!

blue sculptural Grete Prytz Kittelsen-designed necklace

The book is very well written – comprehensive, entertaining and informative.

sculptural Grete Prytz Kittelsen-designed Cathrineholm bowls

It’s full of wonderful archive images, product advertisements & brochures.

Grete Prytz Kittelsen working in her studio

Also, fabulous photographs of her work – which is some feat as the beauty of enamel is very difficult to capture in print.

colourful Grete Prytz Kittelsen-designed bangles

The book concludes with a wonderful reference section including a fully illustrated catalogue of works and chronology.

Grete Prytz Kittelsen jewellery catalogue

It’s a must have book for anyone who shares our passion – or is not yet familiar with her work.

sculptural Grete Prytz Kittelsen-designed boomerang necklace

[Many thanks to W.W. Norton & Company for the review copy]

Etsy List: Topaz in November

Monday, November 10th, 2014

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'Topaz in November' H is for Home Etsy List

It’s my birthday in a couple of weeks and very often Justin gets me a lovely piece of jewellery as a present.

Topaz is my birthstone. I didn’t like the stone when I was growing up. I thought it was brown and dull and boring. For a long time, I wished I’d been born a couple of weeks later in December; that month’s birthstone is turquoise. The brown colour has grown on me and I now know that topaz come in lots of other colours including pink, blue, orange, yellow and transparent!

He’s always very good at choosing a piece of jewellery that I’d love. He knows I like either big & chunky or delicate & Art Deco. But just in case he needs a little help, I’ve chosen a few that I’d me more than happy to give some space to in my jewellery box!

Topaz in November
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Creative Collections: Display stands

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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collection of vintage jewellery display stands

We have all kinds of collections dotted around our house – some are permanent fixtures, others just passing through. We’re not talking entire rooms dedicated to Star Wars or every beer bottle ever made. It’s more little groupings on shelves & tables. We either acquire them as a bulk purchase or pick up piece by piece over a number of years.

trio of vintage jewellery display stands trio of vintage jewellery display stands

One new installation is this fabulous group of vintage shop display stands we bought last week. Some are Art Deco, but most much earlier – Edwardian & Victorian. They are made of various metals; with chrome, brass and bronze examples.

detail of verdigris on the base of a vintage jewellery display stand

We love the variety in shape & size – and grouped together, they make a very sculptural display. They’re currently sitting on a table in the sun where the light picks up on the fabulous aged patina. Whilst we like looking at them and think they look good undecorated, we also feel they’d look amazing with either antique or contemporary jewellery. We can imagine them in a Whitby shop window bedecked in Gothic jet – or we have a nearby shop called Element who always make a great effort with their window display & staging. They would do something fabulous with brightly coloured modern resin or perspex pieces to juxtapose the vintage stands.

pair of vintage chrome jewellery display stands

The tallest stands 38cm and the shortest 8cm. Anyone interested in giving them a new life please get in touch – they’d be perfect for a shop, craft fair or market stall. We like looking at them, but we can’t keep everything and we do have to earn a living after all!

detailed view of a vintage jewellery display stand

We think these collections of objects are a great subject for a series of blogs, so there’ll be more posts to follow in the future. We’ve certainly got plenty of subject matter!

Wednesday Wish: 2 November 2011

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

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Marc Jacobs "Bianca" leather cuff

Pink leather “Bianca” leather cuff by Marc Jacobs: Zappos Couture: $98.00

What’s not to love about this? It’s pink, it’s leather, it’s a cuff! Unfortunately this pink version doesn’t seem to be available in the UK (PLEASE let me know if I’m mistaken!) but you can get the brown version from Selfridges for £85.00.

Wednesday Wish: 14 September 2011

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

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coral colour bauble necklace from Oliphant, New York

Coral colour resin bauble necklace from Oliphant, New York – $125

I came across this stunning necklace on one of my daily trawls through Pinterest. I can just imaging wearing it whilst on a tropical beach holiday – strapless dress… sun tan… cocktail in hand… **sigh**