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
Antonio Frasconi (1919 – 2013) was an illustrator best known for his woodcut prints, especially the ones in his award-winning 1950s children’s book, The House That Jack Built, a picture book in two languages. and See and Say, a picture book in four languages. He often produced books in multiple languages; namely English, Italian, French and Spanish. A great way to learn a new language – whatever your age may be!
Frasconi was born in Argentina, grew up in Uruguay and, aged 26, moved to the USA. In addition to his work for children he produced very political works on subjects such as the Vietnam War and ‘Los Desaparecidos’ (The disappeared), the people tortured and killed during the Uruguayan Dictatorship in the 197s and 80s.
As well as his own books, he designed numerous covers and illustrations for the works of other authors and poets including:
- Dylan Thomas – Reading a Child’s Christmas in Wales | Narrating Under Milk Wood (LP records)
- Herman Melville – On the Slain Collegians
- Walt Whitman – Overhead the Sun
- Jan Wahl – The Little Blind Goat
- Ruth Krauss – The Cantilever Rainbow
- Henri Pirenne – Medieval Cities: Their Origins and the Revival of Trade
- André Gide – Strait is the Gate | If It Die
- Glenway Wescott – 12 Fables of Aesop
- Titus Burkhardt – Alchemy
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In a recent blog post about a Blomus tea set, we mentioned our new shop space.
Well, here it is! It’s an attractive corner plot directly opposite the antiques centre from where we currently sell. This was a good opportunity to spread things out a bit. We’re sharing the shop with a couple of other dealers.
Our space has got a lovely, big display window.
…and a neglected window box which had potential to look very pretty.
So, what to do next! Mmmm… let’s mull this over.
We moved into the space over a couple of days. We wanted to combine our twin loves of mid century modern and rustic country styles.
And here are the results. We hope it looks like the kind of shop in which you’d like to browse. If you ever get the chance to visit, we’re right next to the library in Todmorden – at the junction of Hall Street and Rochdale Road. Picturehouse Antiques, where we also sell from, is directly across the road – and there are loads of good places to get coffee and cake close by!
Justin took lots of snaps which we’ve included below to give you a good feel of the new place. We hope to see you there one day!
This vintage furnished Victorian railway carriage home belongs to Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire, owners of Minimoderns. Keith and Mark design & produce a range of beautiful homewares, much of which can be found decorating their home.
The railway carriage is located down in Dungeness on the Kent coastline. We love the distinctive scenery and unique atmosphere that Dungeness offers. It’s attracted many artists and designers over the years – and lots of ground-breaking architecture too.
There’s a sparseness to the landscape – and the Scandinavian mid century modern simplicity of their décor suits the environment and the railway carriage supremely well.
- Hooked E27 Bakelite lamp holder
- Bright orange round fabric lighting cable | 3 core
- Trentham green bull money box designed by Colin Melbourne
- Vitra Alexander Girard wooden doll
- Attache record player – blue
- Hornsea Pottery bird ashtray/pin dish by John Clappison
- Green Riihimäki art glass vase
- Set of 4 ceramic beakers
- Jacquet cushion – Tangerine Dream
- Darjeeling cushion – Tangerine Dream
- Pavilion linen fabric – Harvest Orange
We’ve long had a soft spot for the illustrations of Celestino Piatti (1922-2007). He was a Swiss designer best known for his children’s book illustrations and poster and postage stamp designs.
For years, we’ve been hoping to happen across a pristine 1st edition 1965 copy of his Animal ABC in a charity shop somewhere. It doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon – thankfully, you can get new copies online.
Much of his work has distinctive thick, rough, black outlines with bright ‘colouring in’ – almost child-like but incredibly beautiful. He had a few motifs which he kept returning to again & again; owls, the sun with a face and cockerels.
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