We’ve not really featured any artists who specialise in glass so far in Designer Desire but that is about to change with this mosaic of work by Erik Höglund.
Best known for his people decanters for Kosta Boda (where he worked for 20 years), Höglund had a long and industrious career designing all manner of art glass. From the smallest coin-sized sun catchers to large-scale candelabra.
His decorative pieces are colourful and playful with organic, flowing forms. Many of them are designed to interact beautifully with light in some way – be it electric, fire, candle or the sun.
We have a few favourite pieces amongst this selection – perhaps the fabulous mid century modern fire-screen just edges it – or maybe that gorgeous ceiling candelabra. Tough choice!
There are always quite a lot of his works available for sale online – from just a few pounds to thousands & thousands. As a starting point, check out Etsy and eBay.
1st Dibs | Artnet | Bukowskis | Invaluable
I can’t believe it’s taken us so many months to feature Stig Lindberg in our Designer Desire series. He’s one of our favourite mid century modern designers… and he would have turned 100 this year! We’ve had a mere sprinkling of his work in our possession over the years.
He worked at Gustavsberg from 1937 – being made Art Director in 1949 – until 1957 when he left for 13 years to become a university lecturer. He rejoined the company for a decade until 1980, two years before his death in Italy of a heart attack.
Although he is most well known for being a ceramic designer, he has successfully tried his hand at lots of other media and artforms including enamelware, plastics, glass, children’s book illustration, textile design and product design. He designed items as wide-ranging as an enamel barbecue to a plastic citrus press, a money box in the shape of a Scottie dog to a large sculptural copper fountain.
There have been a few books written about Stig Lindberg but they a fairly rare and therefore quite pricey. I dream of finding one languishing idly on a charity shop bookshelf… or even better, one of the ones he himself illustrated!
eBay | Etsy | 1st Dibs | Kirk Modern
Ladies & gentlemen, boys & girls… please let us introduce a fabulous display of animals, carriages, lion tamers, strong men and clowns! What a lovely way to start the day – breakfast served on this cheery crockery!
They’re from the ‘Circus’ range designed by Elayne Fallon for Staffordshire Potteries Ltd in the 1960s/70s.
This little set comprises mug, cereal bowl, egg cup and plate – everything you might need!
The pieces are dinky, but not miniature – so whilst they’re no doubt intended for children, there’s certainly no reason why us grown ups can’t enjoy our egg and soldiers served on them too!
This mid-century-modern-inspired kitchen merges vintage and brand new in just the right measure. The mint coloured cupboards, fridge and patterned wallpaper are very evocative of the period. The splashes of red and yellow give the space added impact.
The 1950s are associated with a post war optimism which influenced interior design greatly – and this kitchen is a suitably bright and cheerful space to reflect that spirit.
- Portfolio 9.45-in W chrome ceiling flush mount light
- Julia Rothmans Daydream (green) wallpaper tiles
- The Skylark shallow bowl stem mount light
- Smeg FAB28YV1 fridge A++ energy rating, 60cm wide, left-hand hinge, pastel green
- Eames moulded plastic side chair
- FairTrade red heera jute diamond 60cm x 150cm runner
- STENSTORP kitchen trolley, white/oak
We bought this yellow Cathrineholm kettle with a view to it going into our webshop, but as soon as Adelle saw it emerge from its brown paper packaging, she went all Gollum from Lord of the Rings on us. “Come to me, my precious!”, she exclaimed. The chances of it ever being re-sold slid away rapidly as the golden enamel glow filled her eyes!
It was added to our shelves of vintage Scandinavian loveliness – high up so it couldn’t easily be removed!
Another design we’ve been waiting to get hold of for a while is this Op Art crockery by Seltmann Weiden. We had it in stock previously and sold it all. This time we’ll sell some, but keep a piece or two. By coincidence, they appeared in the same week. They work very well together don’t they? The perfect combination for a bright and cheery afternoon tea we think.
Last week, we featured a house on the water. This week, guess what? We’re doing it again. The floating industrial kitchen in the photo above is from a houseboat moored in Utrecht in the Netherlands.
There are long, wraparound windows right the way along the upper floor living area, affording expansive views out across the water. The interior of the kitchen is kitted out using reclaimed timber with bare plaster walls and hammered sheets of zinc for work surfaces. There’s good continuity and flow to the various zones within the open plan space.
The space is spare but has everything you need with some fabulous design elements. It’s extremely well laid out and very practical.
- LÄMPLIG bamboo chopping board
- Vogue pedestal pre-rinse spray
- Selected by Charlotte Perriand for Les Arcs Ski Resort, two high bar stools
- Cuisinart SM-70BC 7-quart 12-speed stand mixer, brushed chrome
- LIMOGES china teapot and warmer
- Vintage French bottle carrier (for 4 bottles)
- Sabichi stainless steel chrome whistling kettle
- ARV BRÖLLOP clear glass serving stand with lid
- Polished grey marble pestle and mortar