Designer Desire: Erik Höglund

Mosaic of Erik Höglund glass designs | H is for Home

We’ve not really featured any artists who specialise in glass so far in Designer Desire but that is about to change with this mosaic of work by Erik Höglund.

Best known for his people decanters for Kosta Boda (where he worked for 20 years), Höglund had a long and industrious career designing all manner of art glass. From the smallest coin-sized sun catchers to large-scale candelabra.

His decorative pieces are colourful and playful with organic, flowing forms. Many of them are designed to interact beautifully with light in some way – be it electric, fire, candle or the sun.

We have a few favourite pieces amongst this selection – perhaps the fabulous mid century modern fire-screen just edges it – or maybe that gorgeous ceiling candelabra. Tough choice!

There are always quite a lot of his works available for sale online – from just a few pounds to thousands & thousands. As a starting point, check out Etsy and eBay.

Erik Höglund portraits

Image credits:

1st Dibs | Artnet | Bukowskis | Invaluable

Flavour of the Month

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group of vintage month mugs produced by Hornsea Pottery | H is for Home

We’ve been sorting through a huge box of Hornsea Pottery that lives in our loft.

vintage "April" mug produced by Hornsea Pottery | H is for Home detail from a vintage "April" mug produced by Hornsea Pottery showing sweethearts on a park bench | H is for Home

Amongst the collection are these fabulous love mugs.

vintage "July" mug produced by Hornsea Pottery | H is for Home detail from a vintage "July" mug produced by Hornsea Pottery showing a man and a mermaid sunbathing | H is for Home

There are 12 great designs – each corresponds to a month of the year and shows a young couple in a characteristic scene from that month – bonfire night for November, rain showers for April etc.

vintage "November" mug produced by Hornsea Pottery | H is for Home detail from a vintage "November" mug produced by Hornsea Pottery showing a girl pushing a wheelbarrow holding a guy on Fireworks Night | H is for Home

They were designed by Kenneth Townsend for Hornsea Pottery in the 1970s.

vintage "December" mug produced by Hornsea Pottery | H is for Home detail from a vintage "December" mug produced by Hornsea Pottery showing a couple riding a reindeer | H is for Home

We’re adding to the set gradually – an even bigger box might be required… or more shelves!!

You can find out more about Hornsea Love mugs on the official Kenneth Townsend website. Oh, and if you have any Hornsea pottery items, we founded a Hornsea Pottery Collectors group on Flickr that you can sign up to!