Will someone please invite me to a party with cupcakes served on the most beautiful vintage china ever? I found this image taken by stylist/designer Lula Aldunate (aka Lulaland) in New York and simply must share! What a visual treat this is.
Tea and cake please! Which reminds me, I really need to start working on my china collection again. Can you believe I sold all of my mismatched china a few years ago at a tag sale? I could kick myself. Have you ever done something like this? Sold an item/s only to regret it later? It’s not what I do as a habit, I’m quite particular about what I let go of, but at the time I sold my china because I felt like I had way too much in my house and it overwhelmed me. Clients were giving me everything that they no longer needed and between that and my own “stuff” well… it felt a bit insane to have so much. I felt like I was being selfish to have so many things that I was not using regularly.
I’ve now decided to start my china collection once again, only this time I’m keeping it and cherishing it forever. The photo above inspires me as to why I should, how beautiful. Though I wouldn’t mind learning how to screenprint on china like Nina does. Maybe I can ask someone to teach me. It would be fun to buy beautiful vintage china and then personalize it a bit in a fresh, modern way as so many great designers out there are doing right now. Of course mine would not be for sale but it would be nice to make my flea market finds more bespoke.
Do you know how to print in color on plates so that they can also be used for eating rather than only display?
(image: Lula Aldunate)
I’ve been thinking lately a lot about minimalistic organic white ceramics and how I naturally gravitate towards them when I’m out shopping. And more recently, I’ve been dreaming of white and gold ceramics and jewelry and I’m not sure where this obsession stems from. Then I remembered Up in the Air Somewhere which is Chicago-based designer and artist Susan Dwyer because she uses some white and gold in her work…
Susan makes some of the most stunning papier mache and ceramic vessels and spoons… and because she does not use molds, no two pieces are alike making them each display subtle differences from the last. This isn’t helping to tame my desire for all things white and gold… :) So, so pretty.
On a personal note, I’ve been wanting to paint things white with gold trim and I’ve set my sights on some pear-shaped wood coasters that I have and a brooch that I’ll have to work on later this week to satisfy my curiosity.
What about you, do you have any particular obsessions lately?
(photos: Ben Syverson)
Swedish ceramicist Gustaf Nordenskiöld in Stockholm has some serious style going on! Up until now Gustaf’s work has been purely conceptual but now there are a very limited number of unique one-of-a-kind pieces sold in his web shop. Want to see? I know, I had you at Swedish and Ceramicist. Sure you want to see!
R.p.m candlestick in porcelain
Mallrik, candleholder in porcelain
Quake, hand thrown and shaken (not stirred he he) mug in porcelain
Fable, butter knife holder in colored porcelain
Grab (mini hook) porcelain.
About his work Gustaf says that he is trying to, “counter conventional ideas of beauty by making intriguing and sometimes grotesque works with naturalistic power and personality.” He further relates, “This aesthetic and philosophical idea differs from the accepted parameters of Swedish studio ceramics and the result questions the Scandinavian minimalism.”
These are all a delight to look upon, the candle holder really caught my eye. What about you?
(images: Karin Björkquist – check out her online portfolio by the way.)
I was so blown away by the gorgeous tea time set created by Dutch designer Aniek Meelijk that I saw today on Design Spotter. Wow. “One warm spring afternoon on the garden table she sees more than her own tea set. She discovered that its shadows could not be separated from the shapes of the set and that they constantly played their own game with them.” This was what inspired her Tea Time collection! Don’t you love this rather mundane observation turning into something so grand?
What innovation and creativity…
I wonder when and where it will be available for sale? I think it’s perfect for Alice in Wonderland! :)
If you want to learn more about Aniek, you can visit her blog here.
(image: aniek Meelijk)