Greetings decor8 readers! I’m Heather Spriggs Thompson and Holly has graciously asked me to present Hunting and Gathering, my weekly post over on Gathering Spriggs, which features vintage collectibles in modern spaces. It is such an honor to share some of my finds with you today. Without further ado, allow me to introduce the fabulous Modern era designer, Russel Wright.
Although I adore his warm pastel color palette and sculptural lines, what I love the most about Wright, is his concept of bringing vogue design into everyday living of the 1940′s-60′s. Although some of his melmac (melamine resin) pieces are quite affordable he also created high-end designs for the serious collector. You may not have much luck finding Russel Wright wares at thrift stores anymore, but you can purchase recreations of his famed American Modern collection at Bauer Pottery.
Here are some pieces that I found online that I adore…
I’m craving one of his curvilinear pink pitchers or teal tea pots! They are retro cool yet still refined and sophisticated. I think I will design my new kitchen around his American Modern collection.
How about you? What are your favorite RW pieces? Do you collect RW? - Heather
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I’ve talked about Feinedinge back in ’06 and again last year when I got to see it up close and personal during a trip to Hamburg, but when Joy posted some of her new vases recently I just had to make sure I bookmarked these new finds here using my blog. Ceramicist Sandra Haischberger has some gorgeous new additions to her line as you can see below. She also occupies a most lovely studio in Vienna (a city I’m dying to visit someday, along with Salzburg); seeing it in these little photos below makes me want to jump on a plane tonight just to go visit her shop and practice my German. I think I may plan a trip to Austria later this year, I heard the holiday markets are gorgeous there… anyone have any tips on when is the best time to see Austria?
Her creations are meticulous, I own one lovely piece from her but now I want a vase too. Oh the desire of “wanting” never seems to go away, does it? Feinedinge is sold worldwide, for a shop near you visit this page.
I’ve been wanting to talk about my love for the very intricate work of Claire Coles for ages, but she was on so many blogs for so long that I thought I’d wait until the excitement settled before showing her work here. I was peeking in on her website this morning and came across new photos of her work – from bespoke stitched wallpaper to ceramics, prints and brooches Claire has been keeping busy! Aren’t these things just so beautiful?
Her fresh approach to wallpaper design combines vintage wallpapers stitched together to form beautiful things like birds, flowers and furniture and because her work is custom, clients can specify pattern, dimension and color. Some of her most recent commissions include wallpaper designs for Ted Baker and Oasis and textile designs for Anthropologie. Gorgeous!
(images: claire coles)
Have you heard of UK designer Lou Rota before? If you’ve browsed Not On The High Street lately then perhaps you have. They carry some of her collection of recycled mis-matched ceramics and they’re certainly worth a look… especially if you enjoy collecting quirky plates and share her passion for nature themes and vintage china.
The latest indie trend seems to be bugs on dinnerware — have you noticed? What do you think – yes, no, sometimes? I have two opinions. If I display them on the wall or in a cabinet only — fine. Cute! If I serve dinner on them, not fine unless it is to close friends who share my sense of humor. I’m not too keen on bugs peeking through my salad greens though, I’ll admit. Then again, it may be a good way to stay on a diet! ha!
View all of Lou Rota’s fantastic creations here.
(images: not on the high street)