Fine Finel Find!

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detailed view of red, vintage Finel enamel mug decorated with repeating bird pattern | H is for Home

Perhaps ‘find’ is too strong a word – more a patient track down. We’ve long coveted this particular enamel mug designed by Kaj Franck for Finel.

red, vintage Finel enamel mug decorated with repeating bird pattern

We’ve been holding out for a really good example, in pristine condition. Our wait ended this week when we won the bidding on a well-known auction website. We just love the stylised birds and fiery colours – it really is a stunner!

view of the base of a red, vintage Finel enamel mug decorated with repeating bird pattern

Finel is responsible for some fantastic pieces of enamelware.

red, vintage Finel enamel kettle

Great designers such as the aforementioned Kaj Franck, Seppo Mallat and Antti Nurmesniemi worked for the company.

detailed view of a red, vintage Finel enamel kettle

Their pieces are decorative, functional & well made.

large, vintage Finel enamel bowl decorated with mushroom pattern

We have quite a few pieces dotted around the house including cups, teapots & bowls.

detailed view of a large, vintage Finel enamel bowl decorated with mushroom pattern

This bowl is decorated with a fabulous mushroom design. It was probably intended for the kitchen or dining table, but ours seems to have adopted the role of tea light storage container!

collection of blue vintage Finel enamel bowl decorated with circles in a square pattern

We also like to keep examples for sale in the shop. We currently have one of the teapot/kettles shown above. Also, this lovely set of bowls – perfect for serving starters, salads, curries, desserts – anything really! It consists of one large bowl with the geometric circle/grid design and six smaller bowls in the same vibrant blue.

detailed view of a collection of blue vintage Finel enamel bowl decorated with circles in a square pattern
One more design that still eludes us is the repeating red & white heart shape one – but we’re keeping our eyes peeled!

Wednesday Wish: Retro canvas rucksack

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Khaki retro styled canvas rucksack

eBay – £12.99

Justin’s a big fan of the 1965 film, Heroes of Telemark. In addition to it being a great (and based on a true) story, he also loves the vintage Nordic outdoor wear – all canvas, leather, wool & rope.

This rucksack is just the kind of thing and he thought it was great value. I’ve been on the receiving end of some heavy hints for a Christmas present!

A is for… Apple

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detail of vintage Rorstrand 'Eden' pottery dish designed by Marianne Westman | H is for Home

This is the beautiful, stylised and very desirable fruit & leaf design of the Eden range designed by Marianne Westman for Rorstrand of Sweden in the 1960s. This apple pattern was used to decorate various pieces of oven and tableware.

vintage lidded Rorstrand 'Eden' sauce boat designed by Marianne Westman | H is for Home vintage lidded Rorstrand 'Eden' sauce boat designed by Marianne Westman | H is for Home

We have this lovely, lidded sauce boat from the range available in the  H is for Home web shop

It can be used for sauces, compotes, relishes… and is gorgeous enough to simply keep on display!