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Pick of the Pads: Simply Beautiful

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

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cover of the February 2014 edition of Elle Decoration magazine

We’ve turned to the February 2014 edition of Elle Decoration for this month’s Pick of the Pads.

"Simply Beautiful" article from the February 2014 edition of Elle Decoration magazine

This wonderful loft apartment is situated in the Norwegian city of Stavanger and is the home of Mariken Steen and her partner Stian Einar Forgaard.

table and chairs in "Simply Beautiful" article from the February 2014 edition of Elle Decoration magazine

Mariken is an illustrator & Stian a film director, so as they put it, “are exposed to a lot of visual stimulation” in their work lives. Their home is a retreat from this – calmness, simplicity & functionality are the words that spring to mind.

seating in "Simply Beautiful" article from the February 2014 edition of Elle Decoration magazine

The interior is essential for their mental well being – an uncluttered house for an uncluttered mind, in effect.

clothes on a hanging rail in "Simply Beautiful" article from the February 2014 edition of Elle Decoration magazine

The apartment is decorated quite sparsely, but certainly doesn’t lack interest. In fact, the simplicity makes it easier for your eyes to rest on certain views or pieces. A great deal of thought & sourcing has gone into it.

kitchen in "Simply Beautiful" article from the February 2014 edition of Elle Decoration magazine

There’s a wonderful mix of vintage, recycled & contemporary pieces – a palette of greys, creams & browns runs throughout.

bedroom in "Simply Beautiful" article from the February 2014 edition of Elle Decoration magazine

The space is full of natural light & materials, much of it provided by the structure of the building which the owners stripped right back during their renovations. Rooms are softened by textiles & candlelight.

doorways in "Simply Beautiful" article from the February 2014 edition of Elle Decoration magazine

Interiors perfection – Simply Beautiful – we love it!

Charity Vintage: Stavangerflint plate

Friday, April 26th, 2013

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Stavangerflint plate designed by Inger Waage with a handpainted face of a woman for sale on eBay for Charity in support of Age UK South Lakeland
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We’ve just spied this beautiful vintage Stavangerflint plate on the web. It was hand painted by Inger Waage in the 1950s/60s. These female faces always make me think of Cleopatra or Spanish señoritas – it must be their huge almond-shaped eyes and big hooped earrings!

She’s currently up for sale on eBay for charity in support of Age UK South Lakeland*

*Age UK South Lakeland offers help and support to older people living in the rural community of South Lakeland, enabling them to retain their independence and choice. We have a commitment to volunteering and campaigning and providing services to all people aged over 50.

Tuesday Huesday: The Woods by StokkeAustad & Andreas Engesvik

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

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The Woods by Norwegian design studios StokkeAustad and Andreas Engesvik

Oslo-based design studios StokkeAustad & Andreas Engesvik have collaborated for a second time. On this occasion they’ve created “The Woods”, a beautiful glass sculpture inspired by the forests & lights of the north. Made from hand blown glass, each sculpture consists of seven trees – joined in two separate sections… Just exquisite!

F is for…

Friday, May 9th, 2008

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vintage milk and sugar set

Figgjo Flint is a Norwegian pottery company still producing today.

vintage milk and sugar set

Our favourites of theirs are the folk art and landscape-inspired designs of the 1950s & 60s – ranges such as Lotte, Daisy, Sicilia and Market.

vintage Figgjo Turi egg cup vintage Figgjo Turi plate detail
Tor Viking pattern egg cup and plate border detail

They incorporated mythical creatures, whimsical figures and stylised flowers.

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Sicilia pattern plates

The motifs were used to decorate tableware, kitchen equipment and decorative objects such as bowls and wall plaques.

vintage Fijjo pottery saucepan vintage Figgjo pottery saucepan
Pair of pottery sauce/milk pans

vintage Figgjo wall plaque featuring Vikings
Detail of wall plaque designed by Rolf Frøyland

vintage tray vintage butter dish
Daisy pattern tray (left) Berry and leaf patterned butter dish (right)

Various mergers have taken place under the Figgjo umbrella, significant amongst these was with Stavangerflint in 1968.

vintage Stavangerflint coffee set
Stavangerflint June coffee set

For more of a detailed history visit the Figgjo AS website.

Lots of our Flickr friends have lovely examples of this distinctive pottery. Have a look at them here.

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C is for…

Friday, April 18th, 2008

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What makes that perfect coffee break?

photo of espresso maker, pottery cup and chocolate bar

Well designed machines to make it in…

orange Rowenta coffee machine orange Rowenta coffee machine

Striking pots to serve it in…

group of vintage coffee pots

Vintage Denby Arabesque coffee pot Vintage Pontessa coffee pot Vintage Meakin Aztec coffee pot

Beautiful cups to drink it from…

group of hand thrown pottery mugs

Vintage Thomas porcelain trio Vintage Staffordshire trio

Vintage Hornsea Bronte trio Vintage Stavangarflint June trio

Vintage Elizabethan Portobello cup and saucer Vintage Studio Meakin cup and saucer

And not forgetting… cosies to keep it warm!

collection of hand knitted cosy coasters

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