Here’s a new batch of recent vintage finds - slightly more items than our last ‘Forthcoming Attractions’ post!
We’ll start with a few pieces for the kitchen. Quite a blue feel to the selection. These vintage mixing bowls often have cream interiors, but more rarely have these lovely coloured glazes in blue, orange or yellow. The utensil sitting inside the bowl is a drinks mixer or frother. The metal whisk end spins as you press the handle down - perfect for cocktails, hot chocolate etc.
The sugar or flour sifter is classic 1960s with its geometric pattern in sky blue & deep olive green. It’s from the ‘Tivoloi’ range produced by Portmeirion Pottery.
This bowl could also find a good home in the kitchen, but has a thousand uses around the house. We often feature these pieces of colourful enamel produced by Cathrineholm of Norway - teapots, pans, bowls, ice buckets and more!
Now for a bit of wood. The butter knife set is a great bit of Scandinavian design - sculptural and useful. It was produced by Karlsson & Nilsson of Sweden in the 1950s or 60s. We think the letter box is very sweet - it would give a lovely vintage touch to an office desk or hallway.
Probably our favourite object this week is this 1960s shopping list board. It’s a humble object and quite a rare survivor being so simply constructed. It certainly has lots of charm.
We love the graphics - wife doing a spot of homemaking, hubby out collecting the parcels!!
And finally, a bold flash of orange. The lampshade is a very good quality piece of cased glass - it was produced by Holmegaard of Denmark, in the 1960s or 70s. The fabric is from a similar era. We think it might have been produced by Crabtree Fabrics. It would make great cushion covers.
Or perhaps even more perfect… curtains for a vintage camper van. One glimpse of these and you’d be in a happy, holiday frame of mind!
Mariem Besbes is a Paris-born Tunisian craftswoman who weaves textiles from wool. She colours them with her own hand-mixed dyes made from henna, madder and other natural materials to produce the most vibrant reds, earthy browns, lush greens, zingy yellows, aquamarine blues, regal purples…
Visit her website to see many more examples of her exquisite fabrics!
This amazing pattern is from a sample of vintage fabric designed by Jacqueline Groag in the 1950s - one I’ve not seen before.
It forms part of the Designing Women: Post-War British Textiles exhibition currently on at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London (ends 16 June 2012).
We made the trip to Lincoln Antiques and Home Fair on Monday. Our alarm was set for 5.30am, so it was quite an early start in the cold and the dark. Add in a few hours driving and you have to hope that the effort will be worthwhile.
Fortunately it was - and we picked up some very nice pieces - some favourites are shown here. It’s mainly vintage, mid 20th century stuff; but we couldn’t resist a couple of country antiques too, such as this beautiful 18th century bowl and bread/pie oven peel.
We bought quite a few West German ‘fat lava’ pots, concentrating on bold reds & oranges. Their prices are certainly on the rise. Other ceramics included the wall plaques designed by Bjorn Wiinblad for Nymolle of Denmark. Each one represents a month of the year and features a loving couple’s story - from courtship to parenthood. We like the whimsical, folk art design and we’ve actually got a set on our kitchen wall.
A slightly more recent piece of wood was to be found in the shape of this 1950s/60s teak coaster set. We’re not sure who the maker is, but it’s got real quality to it - it’s very Scandinavian and has a gorgeous, warm colour. There was no shortage of enamelware to be found - we plumped for this set of graduated blue kitchen pots - the largest has an impressive 18 litre capacity!
The sewing box dates from the 1960s and is made of a plastic weave material. Some people call in Dandycord - which we think was a trade name or brand of PVC flooring. The same material was used in the manufacture of these sewing boxes. You also see chairs, plant pot holders, magazine racks etc from the same period made from it. We were given a real flash of flower power colour when we lifted the lid! Equally bold & bright were the lovely little teatowel and this absolutely stunning roll of unused 1950s fabric, with it’s classic vase design & period colour combination of yellow, red, grey, black & blue.
It’s always tempting to stay in a warm bed, but we’re glad that we didn’t when we look back at this haul!
I added Alice Apple's cute, handmade shopping bag to my Etsy favourites & Pinterest wish list board a couple of months ago. I should have known that it wouldn’t last long - it was a one off and I missed my chance. Please Alice, will you be making some more?
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2011 is being held this weekend in Manchester city centre - we went to the preview night on Thursday.
It was great to see designer-makers whose work we’ve long admired - there was also the thrill of seeing fresh, new exhibitors.
We featured Ken Eardley, whose ceramics are shown above in last year’s GNCCF blog post - once again, his stand had real impact. Things are going really well for him with magazine features such as this recent one in BBC Homes & Antiques.
Another striking space belonged to Jane Blease who works primarily with bentwood & reclaimed plastic often with her characteristic hand worked thread detailing. A recent artist residency in India has clearly inspired some of Jane’s new pieces. It’s interesting charting artists’ new developments & influences.
…and we loved her new seed pod window hangings.
Ruth Green, who we’ve seen at GNCCF in previous years, also had some lovely new works…
…and she’s also branched out into illustrated books, notebooks & note cards.
With autumn setting in, Andrea Lord’s &made display offered some warm seasonal comforts…
…such as these gorgeous cushions & cosies.
As we mentioned earlier, it’s really exciting to discover new makers and their work…
…we’ll highlight just a couple who made an impact on us.
The first was Gemma Truman, whose hand-blown glass & seagrass hangings and vases are absolutely exquisite - they’re inspired by South African weaverbird nests. We also thought they were very reminiscent of those old fashioned glass fishing net floats.
Second was Louise Hibbert.
Her pieces have a natural feel and use subtle, earthy, yet striking colours.
As you can see from her salt & pepper mills, they’re organic, tactile and oh so beautiful - they just cry out to be picked up, handled and caressed.
The show runs till this Sunday, so visit if you can! We’ve only featured homewares in this post, but there’s also lots of jewellery and fashion on display… and all of it’s for sale… so go on, get your Christmas shopping done early!
It’s pouring with rain as we write this, so not exactly sunbathing weather, but we had to highlight this fantastic vintage bag we found this week.
The bag is ideal for the beach - big enough for your towel, phone, purse, suntan lotion, book, swimming cossie & sunglasses.
And the fabric… how perfect!
And, speaking of sunglasses - we bought this vintage Biba pair at the same market a few weeks earlier. There’s been quite a delay with them reaching the website as Adelle hasn’t stopped wearing them!
Two fab beach items that are actually available - both from the 60s/70s. The first is a real eye popping airbed/lilo in shades of orange. The second is a nifty drawstring bag that can be inflated to form a pillow.
It’s not quite Autumn yet, so there should be a few more beach days left this year!
The books arrival was perfectly timed as it appeared hot on the heels of our vintage fabric haul which we blogged about recently.
It’s very attractive visually.
Holding the book, with its tactile, textured cover is almost like handling a piece of barkcloth.
An initial flick through the enticing photos contained within persuades you to delve deeper.
There are endless examples of superb, period fabric designs to drool over…
…full-colour, detailed images of vintage prints on every page.
Some very recognisable patterns as well as ones you’ll probably not seen before.
It isn’t however, just a collection of pretty pictures…
…it’s extremely well researched - Fogg really knows her subject.
She used to be a lecturer in Visual Studies and the Culture of Fashion at the University of Nottingham.
In addition to details about the actual fabric designs, the book encompasses related topics such as interior design and social & historical influences.
Another strong point of the book is the photo captions - they’re full of additional information and incisive comments.
It’s a wonderful leisure read, but also a great resource…
… an inspiration for design projects or for identifying fabrics that you may be lucky enough to find!
There’s also a useful bibliography of where to go next if your appetite for 50s patterns has been whetted.
It’s a must for devotees of textile designers such as Lucienne Day, Marian Mahler, Robert Stewart, Jaqueline Groag, Sylvia Chambers & Tom Mellor to name but a few - along with manufacturers such as Heals, David Whitehead Ltd & Edinburgh Weavers…
…and for fans of Mid-century Modern in general.
This book is going to be a permanent fixture on our shelves.
We’ll be following up in the very near future with a review of Fogg’s 1960s Fashion Fabrics…
…we’re very much looking forward to it!
[Many thanks to Anova Books for supplying this review copy.]
This week’s blog is a small homage to a glorious colour. O just had to be for orange.
Orange has the wonderful ability to look warm & cosy in the winter or lively & fresh in the summer.
Orange objects really catch the eye. It enables them to shout loudly in a collection of other brightly coloured pieces.
Alternatively, it’s perfect as a highlight colour within a muted decor or against natural materials.
We’ve given a few chairs the orange treatment!
We did a G is for Garden a couple of months ago having just planted out some annuals. Our French marigolds are doing well in the sunshine & showers.
Till next week! x
Just for once we’re not going to insist that H is for Home. This week H is for Houses.
We were very pleased to take delivery of these lovely doorstop houses recently.
They’re part of the current collection of Somerset-based artist & textile designer, Sarah Nicol.
Sarah has been inspired by travels in Spain, Africa, Asia & America. This collection is influenced by a journey she took through Oregon in the Western United States.
She produces textile artworks, keepsakes and functional pieces such as these adorable doorstop houses.
Each doorstop is handmade and unique, with a quaint, folk art feel.
They come filled with sand & ready to use.