There isn’t the usual number of items in this Forthcoming Attractions post. It’s just that they really summed up the last few days. We had a magazine photoshoot on Wednesday chez H is for Home. The groovy flower-power apron represents the hours of cleaning we had to do before they arrived – and the fabulous Cathrineholm kettle represents the endless cups of tea that kept us going! It’s not that we live in a dirty house or anything, but there’s a constant battle against coal dust & dog fur.
Both items will be hitting the shop soon – and a further post about the photoshoot will follow very shortly too!
Star of the show has to be this 1950s Susie Cooper coffee set. We love the simple swirl pattern.
Also a Cathrineholm frying pan in tip-top condition.. .a lovely woollen blanket, perfect for picnics or for extra cosiness when the sun goes down… and a very useful adjustable lamp for bedside or office. We also bought a job lot of nice vintage kitchenware including the 1950s enamel jug & funnel made in Sweden.
Amongst the items of fresh stock for next week we’ve got some lovely Cathrineholm pots & pans that we recently picked up.
This range of enamelware was designed by Grete Prytz Kittelsen in the 1950s.
Grete Prytz was born in Norway in 1917 to a famous, Oslo-based family of goldsmiths.
Between 1936 & 1941 she studied at the National College of Arts & Crafts. After graduating she went to work for the family firm designing jewellery and metalware.
Enamelling was a Norwegian speciality in the early years of the 20th century, a technique which Grete revived, drawing on the family’s expertise in this field. Characteristic of her designs were the abstract motifs and striking colours such as her Lotus range illustrated here.
There was an exhibition of her work at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arkitektur og Design) in Oslo until the end of August 2008. There is also a book/catalogue to accompany the exhibition available here.
Our current series of blog posts is looking at the inspiration of nature on artists- previous themes being fish, birds and flowers.
This week we’re putting leaves & leaf-inspired designs into the spotlight. Sometimes it’s the whole object that takes the form of a leaf as with the glass dish above, but more often it’s the decoration.
Lotus pattern enamelware designed by Grete Prytz Kittelsen for Cathrineholm of Norway – produced in many colours including green, yellow, blue, red, orange and black.
Leaves lend themselves very well to simple, pared down designs.
1950s leaf detailing
The repeating pattern of leaves on a stem is very strong visually.
Grete Prytz Kittelsen and Stig Lindberg along with many other influential Scandinavian designers are covered in a great book – Scandinavian Design, Charlotte & Peter Fiell.
Designs were sometimes more free-flowing as in this 1950s Wade Pottery cup & saucer.
All the pieces above date from the 1950s, 60s and 70s – here are a couple of older examples. We love these rustic iron candle holders and have got quite a collection!
Victorian candle holders
PS – We’re not sure precisely which day yet- but the H is for Home website is going live next week. We’ll be doing our next blog on the day we go live- so stay tuned!