Monday, July 26, 2010


Anyone interested in Scandinavian ceramics should keep a look out for pieces by Upsala Ekeby factory. They had the cream of designers in the mid century period producing a huge range of studio wares that canny collectors are now seeking out and prices are climbing accordingly. I have written about the designs of Hjordis Oldfors couple of months ago but i have just picked up this beautiful 'Pepita' vase by Ingrid Atterberg made in the mid 50s and is my current favourite find.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


The market for Ercol furniture is certainly gathering pace with good pieces getting harder to find and prices rising rapidly. The market has been boosted by recent glowing reviews of the Pebbles nest of tables by Mark Hill on BBC Cracking Antiques and most recently in The Observer guide to Vintage Furniture listing this Ercol Love Seat in their most wanted list. I have a selection of coffee tables, nests and this fanatstic Love Seat at the moment. Come along to the Dublin Flea at Newmarket Sq on Sunday to see them in 3D!

Saturday, July 17, 2010


I am a big fan of Midwinter pottery from the 1950s, and in particular the designs of Jessie Tait, who sadly died earlier this year,
My favourite design of hers is undoubtedly "Cherokee" (1957) and although I have a full set tucked away, I couldn't resist this recent find of a fabulous organic shaped gravy boat and a set of little two handled bowls. A real gem.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


We are having a re-organistaion of our Mid Century furniture and a few pieces have to go to make space. First up is this stunning G Plan Teak Serving Trolley designed by Ib Kofod Larsen in 1961 as part of their Scandinavian range. The Teak trolley is one of the most exciting designs in the G Plan range. it is an unbelievably attractive piece of furniture with a great many utilitarian uses. Bottles, glasses or cups acn be placed in the safety of the well on the lower shelf of the trolley. There is a stain and heat resistant flap up leaf, extending the trolley by 13" and a drawer for cutlery and bottle openers below. The main uprights in the trolley design have been shaped out of solid wood so that there are no loins. Fully signed and stamped with Kofod Larsen G Plan logo. If you are interested in acquiring this stunning piece, drop me a mail.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I am now retro twittering!!!


Just arrived is this Genie telephone from the early 80s. Great tactile curves, and a vibrant punchy colour - a classic.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


I get lots of Stig Lindberg admirers who love the vibrant colours, the organic shapes and the graphic patterns of his work but just can't afford the premium prices his pieces now command - I may have an answer. I recently sourced these two nice pieces of Bornholm Danish studio ceramics that have the Stig look at a fraction of the price. From the heyday of Mid Century Scandinavian design these hand painted 1960s designs ooze style and would make great statement pieces without breaking the bank.