We thought that we’d highlight a recent addition to the ‘What’s Cooking’ department in our web shop.
These vintage enamel Worcester Ware saucepans are really gorgeous.
They’re part of the ‘Tudor Orange’ range and feature a lovely pattern of repeated stylised flowers.
Worcester Ware really are one of our favourite producers of this type of metalware from the 1960s era. They made pans, storage containers, waste paper bins, magazine racks, place mats, coasters and the like. They’re well made and colourful with many eye-catching designs.
These examples come unused in their original boxes – perfect for vintage lovers who like their homewares in pure & pristine condition!
I’ve discovered my new all-time favourite modular sofa in this tangerine dream space located in East London. Camaleonda is huge, voluptuous and inviting. The fact that it’s bright orange only adds to its appeal to me.
I also love the large, glass-topped coffee table which appears to double up as useful storage. I couldn’t discover anything about the maker, but Habitat does something that would work similarly. Do you know the designer or manufacturer? Also, can you identify the white, cone-shaped item next to the sofa? Is it a lamp? A water fountain? An ashtray? I’m stumped!
- Flos 265 wall light by Paolo Rizzatto
- ‘Camaleonda’ modular sofas by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia
- Flos May Day universal lamp by Konstantin Grcic
- Blyth storage side table
- Pietra Serena sandstone flooring
We picked up this very striking orange vintage saucepan during the week. It’s mid-century modern combined with ancient Egypt!
The range was manufactured by Italian company, Siltal in the 1970s for food writer and chef Robert Carrier. He was a big name in the cookery world around this time – perhaps you remember him on TV. If not, you might very well have come across his vintage cookery books and recipe cards in charity shops.
Mid-century modern treatment of more ancient life or art can be very successful – Roman, Etruscan and medieval subjects spring to mind. Egyptian imagery is a new one to us.
This Siltal saucepan itself is beautifully made – quite reminiscent of Cathrineholm in materials and style. Siltal is still manufacturing products today, although they seem to concentrate on fridge-freezers and washing machines nowadays. So you’ll have to look out for vintage examples if you like the look. The pans were made in a variety of colourways – and there were also ancient Greek and Chinese ranges too. This large lidded example will be going into our antiques centre space priced at £45. It’s pretty heavy, but we could post out if required.
It’s August, the kids are off school, the Olympics are in full swing (Go Team GB!), the central heating hasn’t been on in months… I’ve realised in the past few weeks that there are gaps in my summer wardrobe. I have lots of summer shorts, T-shirts and walking gear but nothing slightly dressy.
I was thinking that I’m in need of a few maxi summer dresses – white, patterned, floral… but I’d really wanted to find one in orange – one of my favourite (and most summery) colours.
Surprisingly, when I went searching, I couldn’t find that many orange maxi summer dresses online and only a few midi ones. Of the ones I did uncover, one stood out head & shoulders above the others. There was a little hint there! 🙂
Number 1, the strapless example with a frilled bottom, is my favourite. The colour is perfect, a bright tangerine orange that looks great against tanned skin. I love its simplicity and blousy layering. I’d team it with chunky jewellery and a pair of strappy silver sandals.
- Strapless belted maxi dress: £29.00, JD Williams
- Frill maxi came dress: £40, Topshop
- Halterneck maxi dress: £49.99, H&M
We don’t do much charity shop trawling these days, but there’s one right next door to our local Post Office – so we always have a look through the window when we send parcels. Every now and then, something catches our eye which was the case today with these lovely orange tea trios.
They were made by Staffordshire Potteries Ltd in the 1960s/70s and are typical of the type of wares produced by the company during this era.
We’ve come across storage jars, mugs, soup bowls, plates and tea sets in the past – colourful and fun would sum them up.
We’ve handled lots of their stuff over the years and it always proves popular in our shop.
Artists such as Elayne Fallon were responsible for the vibrant designs.
The pottery is not only attractive, but very robust too – so perfect for heavy use in the kitchen , dining room, garden or camp site.
Although natural coral is found in an array of hues, the coral that the colour is named after is red or ‘precious’ coral. It’s on the pink end of the orange spectrum and definitely has to be considered only a highlight colour. A room with wall to wall, floor to ceiling coral would feel really oppressive and overbearing. The colour is stunning when used on a feature wall, painted furniture and in textiles. It’s often teamed with brilliant white and works really well with teal.