Born in 1931, Lisa Larson is a Swedish ceramic designer. She worked for Gustavsberg, under Stig Lindberg, from the 1954 through to 1980 when she branched out on her own working for, amongst others, Royal Krona, Duka, Åhléns department stores and Kooperativa Förbundet.
Larson is probably best known for her small sculptures of animals and children of the world, but we absolutely adore her glazed tiles. The Viking ship at the top right of the mosaic is ours – and we’ve also got an elephant. So, it’s a collection of just two at the moment – but we’ve always got our eyes peeled hoping to happen across more. 🙂
As you can probably tell, Larson is an animal lover – but she verges on the obsessive when it comes to cats!
If you have a look at the short film below, she has the most beautiful sculpture of a cat which just begs to be stroked – so tactile. If you don’t speak Swedish, you can turn on subtitles by clicking on the left icon (next to the one that looks like a cog) along the bottom panel.Image credits:1st Dibs | Etsy | eBay
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.