We’ve chosen this lovely bright and airy space for this week’s Get their look post. It’s very clean and contemporary with touches of vintage industrial here and there. It’s predominantly decorated in brilliant white with lots of indoor plants and natural wood finishes. It looks like such a practical and relaxing place to live life. As this kitchen-diner belongs to a house located in Sweden, you won’t be surprised that many of the items featured can be bought from that Scandi stalwart, IKEA.
- Picture frame: £6, IKEA
- Pendant light: £27.50, The Conran Shop
- Coffee maker: from £1,440, John Lewis
- Olive tree: £24.99, WaitroseGarden
- Towel rail: £3.50, IKEA
- Dining table: £130, IKEA
- Chairs: £1,120, Voga
- Industrial stool: £154.99, Wayfair
We’ve chosen this fabulous wall plaque that we bought on Monday as the week’s favourite buy. It’s only Wednesday, but we don’t think we’ll better it in the next few days!
This particular elephant in the room is the work of Swedish designer Lisa Larson – produced at the renowned Gustavsberg factory where she worked for over two decades.
We love the design – the raised, textured decoration forming the elephant and riders’ decorative costumes. The colourway is very attractive too with gorgeous cool blues and chalky whites.
The condition is very good; it has the ‘Lisa L’ stamp to the front of the plaque and Gustavsberg paper label to the reverse. Everything a collector would want.
It joins another one of her tiles in the H is for Home shop – a contrasting yet equally fabulous design in the form of a Viking ship.
Our bumper crop of redcurrants from the allotment has so far gone into jelly and a tart.
Today I made a bottle of redcurrant cordial or vinbärssaft in Swedish (although when I ran the word through Google Translate it came up with ‘coleslaw’! 😀
A kilo of fruit only made about 600ml of cordial. It felt like a bit of a waste disposing of all that fruit pulp.
But once I had that first taste I felt that the profligacy was worth it.
It was fruity, tart and sweet, all at the same time – almost like cranberry juice but not at all dry. It’s delicious simply mixed with iced sparkling water, but can also be incorporated into cocktail recipes… and a dash in a glass of champagne is wonderful too!
- 1kg/2.2lbs redcurrants
- 200g/7oz granulated sugar
- Rinse & drain the de-stalked redcurrants in a colander
- Put the redcurrants and sugar into a heavy-bottomed saucepan or jam pan
- Put the pan over a medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves completely
- Using a wooden spoon or a potato masher, squash the fruit
- Turn the heat up high and boil for about 5 minutes
- Pour the redcurrants into a jelly bag and strain for about an hour
- Decant into a sterilised 1 litre bottle
- Once opened, keep refrigerated and consume within a week or two
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We picked up this lovely vintage porcelain teapot on Monday morning – a good start to the week!
A very striking piece in terms of both form and colour, it’s called the ‘Pop Teapot’ and was designed by Inger Persson for Rorstrand of Sweden in 1968.
It doesn’t just look great – it’s very ergonomic too. You need a teapot to feel good in the hand and pour well – which this one does. The integral stainless steel strainer is a very nice feature too.
Displays well and does the job well – a classic piece of design! We’ve noticed that the V&A museum has an example in their collection. Not to worry if you don’t drink tea either – it would sit quite happily amongst other pieces of art pottery or glass.
This brilliant red-orange example will be available in our web shop this week.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
There’s certainly no shortage of them with lots of vintage retro gorgeousness to peruse.
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.
The magazine crams loads in. There are some inspiring house tours, vintage fashion and features on classic design.
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.
There are also current product pointers and a location tour with an eye to vintage design & retail opportunities.
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.
The photography is excellent throughout. There’s also much use of vintage magazine articles & advertisements to display products or show items in situ.
It costs about £5.00 per issue.
It’s definitely worth giving a try – you might even learn a new language!