Posts Tagged ‘Sweden’

Charity Vintage: Rörstrand Granada dish

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

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small vintage Rorstrand Granada lidded dish for sale by Teesside Hospice Care Foundation on eBay for Charity (ends 16 Jul, 2014 19:06:07 BST)

If we didn’t already have this cute little Rörstrand Granada dish we’d be bidding on it ourselves to add to our vintage Scandinavian pottery collection! It’s being sold on eBay for Charity by Teesside Hospice Care Foundation.

The Granada pattern was designed by Marianne Westman for Rörstrand of Sweden in the 1950s. It’s a very popular pattern and can be found on all manner of pottery items including oven & tableware, tea services, butter dishes. She also designed other patterns for them including Picknick, Frisco, Pomona, My Garden and the recently reissued Mon Amie.

*Teesside Hospice based in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, was established in 1982 to enhance the lives of local people suffering from advanced cancer and other life limiting illnesses. They care for over 3,000 individuals in the Teesside region and all services are free of charge. Their annual running costs are £2.2million and they receive in the region of one third of these costs from the local NHS and must therefore raise approximately £4,600 each and every day of the year from their own resources.

Retro Magazine

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

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Retro Magazine with cup of tea and green & orange striped knitted cushion

This copy of Retro Magazine arrived last week. It was sent by the lovely people at Hus & Hem as we’d supplied an image of a yellow Finel coffee pot for them to use.

page from Retro Magazine showing a photo of H is for Home's yellow Finel percolator

Hus & Hem (and this off-shoot publication) hails from Sweden so we did have a slight problem to overcome with regards to the language barrier. We should be fluent in Swedish judged by the number of Scandinavian crime dramas we watch – but alas not!

sitting room

It didn’t stop this magazine being a very enjoyable “read” for us though. We could pick up on the general gist of the articles, but we mainly let the pictures do the talking.

vintage Volkswagen Golf feature

There’s certainly no shortage of them with lots of vintage retro gorgeousness to peruse.

dining table

Scandinavia is of course home to many great designers both past & present – and the source of many pieces so sought after by collectors. So it’s no surprise that they should have some excellent publications dedicated to the subject.

vintage decorated kitchen

The magazine crams loads in. There are some inspiring house tours, vintage fashion and features on classic design.

vintage fashion feature

As you can see from the article on Mari Simmulson & Upsala-Ekeby pottery for example, these articles are quite extensive and make great source material for identification or collecting.

selection of vintage Ekeby ceramic dishes

There are also current product pointers and a location tour with an eye to vintage design  & retail opportunities.

selection of vintage kitchenalia items

In this issue, Helsingfors (Helsinki in Swedish) is the destination – it’s gone onto our list for when we do that much longed for Scandinavian camper van tour.

Helsinki feature

The photography is excellent throughout. There’s also much use of vintage magazine articles & advertisements to display products or show items in situ.

selection of vintage loungers

It costs about £5.00 per issue.

selection of vintage chairs and stools

It’s definitely worth giving a try – you might even learn a new language!

Tuesday Huesday: Coat rack

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

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vintage wooden coat rack hung with coats, hat and bag with wooden bench beneath
image credit: Innerstadsspecialisten

Vintage coat hooks not over-filled. A simple wooden bench to tie your laces. Ordered, but not precious or fussy. Natural materials & subtle shades. The photo of this coat rack just gives you a wonderful sense of calm.

Pick of the Pads: Swedish farmhouse

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

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cover of the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country

This month’s pick of the Pads is taken from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country.

title page of the "Artistic Idyll" feature from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country

This featured house is a beautiful converted Swedish farmhouse next to the sea – no wonder it’s referred to as an ‘idyll’!

page from the "Artistic Idyll" feature from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country

Owners Maria and Sam, respectively a textile designer and an artist, spend the summer months decamped here from Stockholm for 6 months of the year.

page from the "Artistic Idyll" feature showing the home owners from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country

It’s just about perfect for our taste. All the rooms in the house look so comfortable, cosy and lived in.

page from the "Artistic Idyll" feature showing the sitting room from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country

 A natural, neutral palette with flashes of a brighter hue.

page from the "Artistic Idyll" feature showing the hallway from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country

Anyone who’s seen our house know we love bright colours in a kitchen and this one has got real punch!

page from the "Artistic Idyll" feature showing the yellow and blue kitchen from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country

The spaces are full of texture – the furniture, the crockery, decorative objects and fabric of the building itself.

page from the "Artistic Idyll" feature showing a table and set of chairs from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country

There are beautiful floors throughout, wide wooden floorboards and lovely, worn stone tiles…

page from the "Artistic Idyll" feature showing a long shot through to a dinging room from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country

…covered over here and there with various rugs and mats.

page from the "Artistic Idyll" feature showing the outdoor patio area from the launch issue of Elle Decoration Country

A simple, unfussy outdoor eating area to take in the views rounds things off perfectly.

Charity Vintage: Jie Gantofta biscuit jar

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

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Jie Gantofta biscuit jar for sale in support of Dove House Hospice on eBay for Charity
(ends 2 Sep, 2013 20:27:39 BST)

We’ve long admired Anita Nylund’s designs for Jie Gantofta. Folky, colourful and most importantly useful. A collection of these jars looks fab in a vintage kitchen. We’ve come across containers in this range for tea, coffee, sugar, sugar shakers, salt & pepper shakers, salt pots, dried fruit, raisins, rice, spice jars, pickles and fish (?!).

Here’s a Jie Gantofta biscuit jar currently being sold on eBay for Charity in support of Dove House Hospice*. It’s already over £20 and it ends in a couple of days, so if you want to start or add to your collection get bidding quick!

*Dove House Hospice offers specialist palliative care to adults with life-limiting illnesses. Palliative care is the total care of a patient whose disease is no longer able to be cured. There is no charge for our services & we rely on funds raised in the community.

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