Sunday, November 18, 2012


We found this little Viking yesterday. He was designed by Elsi Bourelius, and made by Jie Gantofta of Sweden.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Iittala Romantica

We stumbled on this Iittala pattern on etsy and love them! They were designed in 1963 by Tapio Wirkkala and manufactured from 1963-1972. We have two sizes now - this one is about 4 inches across and holds about 5 ounces; we also have smaller ones that hold about 3 ounces. This might be one of my favorite Iittala designs!

Friday, November 9, 2012

More Space

With an expanding collection comes the need for more space. We finally finished installing a shelf above the windows in our kitchen eating area, and hung the rest of the scando goat fabric as a valance. In addition to the Figgjo Saga pieces here, there is an old Stavangerflint pitcher with some peacock-like birds. Outside the photo are our Dansk teak ice buckets and some coffee sets from Figgjo, Dansk and Stavangerflint.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Odin and Tor

We just got the Odin - now we just need Frøya! These are carved by Henning of Norway. The Tor is older and has a much rougher carving style, which I like. The base of it is marked with two stamps that read "Carved by hand in Norway". The newer Odin is marked "Henning Carved by hand in Norway".

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Otto Sveen Trolls

We figured out who the artist was who carved our old lady troll, and then found this guy. He doesn't have the OS signature on the bottom, but we're pretty sure it's also by Otto Sveen. Otto's brother Anton was also a wood carver, but we don't think this is one of his.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Stogo Viking

This was an impulsive eBay buy - I didn't know anything about Stogo, but thought he was pretty fun. He looks like he would be a bobble-head, but the head is fixed to the base. A few quick googles showed that Stogo made a lot of dish ware in the 1960s. The bottom is marked with the company name an Denmark.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Stolt Margit

We finally found the last Stolt Margit plate that we need. The line was designed by Anne Lofthus for Stavangerflint.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Magisso Teacup

I've been eyeing this teacup for a while now and finally bought it last week from Finnstyle in Minneapolis. You put loose tea in the mesh "shelf" and tilt the cup towards it to brew the tea; then you tilt it the other way to stop the brewing and drink. It actually works great! And it's a fun, stylish, and practical design - it has it all.

It was designed by Vesa Jääskö and Laura Bougdanos.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Iittala Essence Coupes

I have wanted a set of coupe glasses for years, but it has been hard finding the perfect ones. I saw that Iittala came out with a coupe a while back and, combined with our new cocktail book, it was finally time to get them.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Michael Andersen Tiles

These tiles were designed by Marianne Stark for Michael Andersen.

I'm trying the mobile app for blogger... We'll see how it works!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Royal Copenhagen Vase

Designed by Kari Christensen and part of the Tenera line, and from the late 1960s.  I have seen other examples of this vase with the Aluminia mark on the bottom, but this has the Royal Copenhagen mark, so I assume it's a bit later production.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Bargain Polka

I love it when eBay sellers don't do their homework!  This was posted as "Rorffrand" and I think I got a deal.  The pattern is Polka.  The designer is Carl Harry Stålhane.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Figgjo Fajanse AS Plaque

This just arrived from Tokyo via eBay - always a relief when something arrives in one piece after a long journey!  I love sign pieces that have the company name as the main decoration instead of just being the mark on the back.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Digsmed Lazy Susan Tray

I gave this Digsmed lazy susan tray to my partner for Christmas.  There are eight small glass dishes, each marked "Made in Denmark," that rest on a tray that spins while the top platform stays stationary.  

The candlesticks are German, by Goberg.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Iittala Alvar Aalto Vase

Some much-needed spring.  Iittala vase designed by Alvar Aalto in 1937, which I still find amazing because it is remains so modern!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Stelton Erik Magnussen Carafe

My mom has had one of these thermal carafe's for years, and this year she gave one to us for Christmas!  It's produced by Stelton of Denmark, and the designer is Erik Magnussen.  It has such a simple design, but with great little details, like the curve of the handle.  And the stopper on the top is perfect - no turning to figure out if it's open or not.  It has a counterweight, so that as soon as you pour, it opens.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Mons og Mille

There's a perfectly sized bit of wall in the kitchen where our Figgjo Flint Mons go Mille plaques go.  Designed by Turi Gramstad Oliver.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Figgjo Flint Lotte

We found these two plaques a few weekends ago at a local antique store.  They are designed by Turi Gramstad Oliver for Figgjo Flint, and the pattern is Lotte.

Monday, January 9, 2012

More Christmas before it's boxed away

The Christmas tree came down this weekend and is now at the curb.  Here are a few more pictures of Christmas to tide us over until next year.

The tomte is by Rolf Berg from Sweden.  The blue and white ball is a Royal Copenhagen ornament.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Elle Pottery Vase

My partner gave me this Elle vase for Christmas.  The designer and artist were Harald Lahn.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Arne Ingdam Bear

This big Arne Ingdam bear arrived in the mail today to join its smaller friend.

Arne Ingdam was born in 1922 and trained at Royal Copenhagen under Knud Kyhn, but produced work from his own workshop in Rågeleje, Nordsjælland and sold most of his work through the Magasin du Nord department stores.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Norway and Finland

Some more Christmas:  Hadeland glass nissen and tree, glass ornaments with the Taika pattern by Iittala, and an embroidered linen from Norway with dompapen on it.  (I love those little bullfinches, and apparently they can be kept as pets... but I don't think the cats would appreciate just looking at them.)