Bitossi’s ‘Rimini Blu’ collection of ceramics was created in the early 50s by Aldo Londi, the former art director of Bitossi ceramics. The collection of vases and animals is characterised by their unique blue and turquoise glazes and irregular texture and many are still in production today. Continue reading
Fat Lava Bowl
Love this flame red Fat Lava bowl. It has no backstamp but likely to be of West German origin.
Carlton Ware Toast Rack
This hand painted toast rack in a typical Art Deco shape from the 1930 even works with my 60s Melamine egg cups thanks to its cheerful colour scheme. Not to everyone’s taste but I love it. Continue reading
Melamine Egg Cups
How do you like your eggs? I like mine soft boiled in a Melamine egg cup and depending on my mood I choose between pastel and bright. Love the colours, the shape and the fact that they can’t break (well nearly). Produced by Melaware in the 60s.
Bargain: £1 each on Camden Market and a set of 4 for £10 at the Ally Pally Vintage Fair
My favourite Antique fair happens 2-3 times a year at Alexandra Palace in North London. Luckily I can walk over there in 20 minutes. The iconic venue build in 1873 is the perfect background for over 600 antique and vintage stalls. It attracts a fair amount of local and international dealers but more interestingly sellers clearing out their aunties attic or someone selling off the long forgotten contents of their basement. Here’s the bargain territory.
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Design classic by Pierre Paulin, 1963: “A chair should be more than simply functional. It should be friendly, fun and colourful”.
Included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York! Continue reading
East German Loveliness
Who says it was dull and grey behind the Iron Curtain? This patterned loveliness produced by VEB (Volkseigener Betrieb – The People’s Factory) Haldensleben instantly became my favourite ‘Fat Lava’ piece. I only regret that I didn’t buy the second, slightly smaller edition as well.
Spitalsfield Market for £20. Thank you people!
‘Flower Power’ Coffee Storage Jar
Manufactured in the 60s by Crown Devon this pattern was adapted from the 60s fashion designer Mary Quant‘s ‘Carnaby daisy’ design. Painted in the era’s most popular colours of reds and oranges this jar is a perfect example of the 60s ‘Flower power’ spirit.
Bargain: Kentish Town charity shop for a couple of £.
Orange Tree’s little bro
I felt the need to add a companion to the original tea pot, so here is another little fellow in the beautiful Orange Tree design.
Deal: £13 on eBay after a couple of failed attempts to secure a bargain. This is serious collectors territory so I’ll stay clear in the future for budget’s sake.