Friday, 4 April 2014

Got to have it – vintage Scandinavian design

I’m always finding things on 1stDibs (and etsy for that matter) that I want to own or ear mark for a project.  Today’s lusting can be blamed on the Rum magazine I was “reading” this morning  – that actually means I was looking at the lovely pictures as I can’t read it – it’s in Danish. There’s something so beautiful and thoughtful about Scandinavian Design from the 1950s through to 1970s, especially in the way it balances form with function and conveys quality craftsmanship and is sympathetic to the materials. That’s not say to that modern Scandinavian design isn’t equally as covetable or skillfully created.  However the vintage designs steal my heart as they often look as good now, as they did when they were conceived.

Whilst most people are familiar with Danish Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl,
Verner Panton, Kai Kristiansen and Nanna Ditzel.  The less well known or as widely publicised designers below should also be looked out for. Such as;
Poul Henningsen, husband and wife duo Tove & Edvard Kindt-Larsen, Ib Kofod Larsen, Illum Wikkelsø, Niels Møller and Arne Vodder.
I’d like three Tove & Edvard Kindt-Larsen swivel chairs for a kitchen island, a Poul Henningsen Artichocke pendant in copper, this beautiful Ib Kofod-Larsen LoungeChair with its gorgeous brass arm-joint detail in yellow fabric and a Desk Lamp By Arne Jacobsen.
I’d also like the Kastor Standing Light by Jo Hammerborg, a Finn Juhl Rosewood "Judas" Dining Table and 8 rosewood Kai Kristiansen's dining chairs. Not asking for much really ;)


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