24 Jun 2013
The question, which is my favourite colour, is always difficult one for me to answer. I just simply love all colours, or so many that to list them would loose the whole point of definition. I admire people who can stick with only black and white and the greys in between, but it just isn't something I have ever been able sign up to for a long period of time. It would require too much restraint.
Sometimes when faced with the question, I have tried to define my opinion by rather stating which colours I don't like and listing pink on top of that list. But then I remember these lovely pink pots, above, from Rörstrand and I am indecisive again. Or the ever so lovely pink Tantsu fabric from Marimekko. Or my sweet little espresso cups from Arabia Koko, also pictured on top.
The pots are part of a range called Rosmarin that was designed by Hertha Bengtson for Rörstrand. It was manufactured from 1957 to 1966 and came in several different shades - brown, grey, white - and also under the name of Capri in yellow. The dishes have a relief decoration which gives them an impression of having two shades of colour; the glazing is thicker and deeper in colour where it overlaps the relief. It is a lovely way to decorate pottery, in all its simplicity, and has the same beauty as carefully folded paper or a draped skirt. The pots have lids with a little handle that sits on the top like a squeezed piece of pink marshmallow.
In the morning I had picked up some flowers from our garden. One thing I really love about England is the lusciousness of its flora. I have never seen foxgloves as large in size and vibrant in colour in Finland. They fit perfectly to our tablecloth du jour, which is Englantilainen puutarha (English garden) by Teresa Moorhouse for Marimekko.
17 Jun 2013
When I was still living in my home country Finland, I was utterly unaware of the beautiful pottery manufactured in one of our neighbouring countries, Norway. Of course I knew Sweden's Rörstrand and Gustavsberg, but never did it cross my mind to find out about the pottery treasures of Norway. But they manufactured just as fascinating and gorgeous pottery in the mid 20th century as their Scandinavian partners.
Being a Finn abroad, I have started to appreciate more not just the Nordic way of living but also the Scandinavian design. My admiration has reached slightly worrying levels as, these days, when I am visiting home, I can just go to a supermarket and admire all things I used to find so mundane, such as a box of semolina porridge or a carton of blueberry soup. I can even admire the functionality of a simple dish brush, the ones to which you can replace the brush to its handle, so ecological and well functioning.
Better get back to the Norwegian pottery now. The plates shown here are from a Norwegian company called Figgjo Flint and they were designed by Turi Gramstad Oliver (born in 1938). She made several lovely pottery ranges between 1960 to 1980 to both Figgjo Flint and Stavangerflint. The name of this range is Corsica, and as far as I am aware, it consists of a large serving plate, below, and six smaller plates, above. All decorated with those lovely naivistic characters and fruits and berries.