I’ve just discovered the website of estate agents Alvhem Mäkleri och Interiör. They don’t seem like any estate agency I’ve ever encountered - they seem, well… NICE! They’re all about impeccable standards, passion for properties, not doing the hard sell.
Their site is brimming with gorgeous photos of the interiors & exteriors of some of their apartments -I’d be lining up to put an offer in on any single one of them!
We’re saying a fond farewell to our gorgeous Stig Lindberg bowl in a few days. We bought it last year at auction and despite it being very tempting to keep hold of these items indefinitely, we have to make a living. So it’s up for sale!
It’s a stunning piece with blue band and black zig-zag design - hand decorated by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg of Sweden in the 1950s. Fully marked to the base with the artist’s distinctive markings.
We put most items on our own website, but we’ve decided to list this one on eBay. There are avid collectors of Scandinavian pottery from this era - and Stig Lindberg-designed examples in particular. It will reach a wide audience for collectors worldwide who are searching for him by name. If you’re a fellow fan, there’s still 4 days left of the auction.
We’ve enjoyed living with it for a while, but it’s just got a bid… so it looks like goodbye!
We bought these items this week - most of them from one local contact actually. It’s quite a mid century modern collection!
Two lovely bits of German pottery for starters - they’re both by Dumler & Breiden. We love the colour contrast and striking repeat pattern of the bowl. The vase has a very distinctive form similar to another piece we’ve got. The combination of thick, textured glaze to the sides and smooth vibrant orange glaze highlighting the holes & vase rim is very effective. We’re trying to be quite strict with ourselves these days, but that’s probably a keeper!
And yet more flashes of orange with the desk lamp & cased glass vase. The lamp, dating from the 60s/70s, is adjustable and has a label for ‘1001 Lamps Ltd’ of London. The vase is unmarked, but dates from the same period.
There’s another nice table lamp in view, this one being teak with a fibreglass shade. The base looks very Danish.
And, staying with the Scandinavian theme, we have some interesting stainless steel pieces. The snack tray is Danish and quite an unusual shape; the pair of matching vases were made in Sweden. There’s some lovely Tupperware spice pots too - both colourful & practical.
…and then there’s the classic 1950s atomic zig-zag coat rack. We’ve had lots of these and grab them whenever we see them - they’re always really popular with our customers.
And last but not least, the teak drinks trolley that the items are sitting on.
This is a lovely piece of furniture dating from the 1960s. It has the ‘Remploy’ label to the base.
It’s got a great look, it’s useful and is in excellent condition. Did we say we were trying to be strict with ourselves?!
Adelle’s sister is a regular visitor to Sweden.
On one trip she picked up a selection of Swedish interiors magazines for us.
We’ve enjoyed browsing through them…
…particularly having a peek at the houses and products that haven’t appeared in UK publications.
We wanted to share a few of our favourites with you.
Here are links to the websites of the magazines that we’ve featured: