Sunday, April 2, 2017

Blue Glass Series 6: Riihimäki Lasi Ultra Bowls


Riihimaki Lasi Blue ULTRA Bowl



Blue Glass Series 6: Riihimäki Lasi Ultra Bowls

These blue ULTRA bowls, designed by Pertti Kallioinen for Riihimaki Lasi some time in the 1980's are really beautiful, even if the pink version of these bowls seem to be more appreciated, the blue bowl has its charm. It is a lovely designm textured glass, waves like, it made sense to include them in my series of blue glasses. As I have mention before, I make this series because I love blue glasses, textured (like these bowls) or not. Any plain blue glass will do it for me, I think they are super pretty.

We have these beauties in stock in our Etsy store.

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Russian Charm of Iittala's Tsaikka Tea Glass

Tsaikka, maybe Iittala's most Russian style glass design

The Russian Charm Behind Iittala's Tsaikkas

The habit of drinking tea in decorated fine glasses is the traditional way in many countries of Asia and the Middle East. However, no other tea glass is as adored and appreciated as Iittala's Tsaikkas. The metallic base, to hold the hot glass, is very Russian and I bet they were introduced to Europe through Russia a country which also pioneered the design of porcelain cups. Tsaikka, Iittala's iconic hot tea glasses, designed by Timo Sarpaneva, is super-duper Russian- Slavic, including the name. The line, designed by Sarpaneva in 1957 and still in production, is very different from the modern art glass pieces Sarpaneva would be famous for during the 1960's and 1970's. There is a certain ethnical touch to the design of the entire series, which emanates from the bold base with the handle in form of an "eight" giving also a mystical touch to the design. After 60 years, Iittala's Tsaikka remains a must. They come and go in our store. We have had many of them and currently  have some in stock. Never for very long...

Friday, March 24, 2017

Pieces of Natural Beauty: Arabia Botanica Series

Esteri Tomula Plate "Geranium Silvaticum"

Esteri Tomula Plate "Viola Riviniana"

Esteri Tomula Botanica Series Plates

Esteri Tomula's "Botanica" Series is one of my favorite among Arabia's many series of plates. The series is quite large with detailed designs of the most lovely flowers available around Finland. And yes, I am one of those people who adore a wall filled with plates, but I can be very particular about the plates I hang on my own walls. We had these two plates in the store, but they are flew out of the shelves very fast. I miss them and that's a good reason for a post. As it happens, I am constantly hunting after these beauties, wherever I go...  They are small, only 12cmX12cm but they are immensely gorgeous.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Metsä Serving Bowls

Large Mäntsälän Lasisepät Metsä Bowl, known as "Forest" Bowl
Designed by Pertti Kallioinen

The small version of the Metsä Bowl
Designed by Pertti Kallioinen

Metsä Bowls,  Forest Bowls

I am one fan of the famous Forest bowls that, in Finnish means, "Metsä". They were designed by Pertti Kallioinen for Finnish glass company Mäntsälän Lasisepät in the 1980's. The design simulate the movement of leafless trees and it is simple and beautiful. We have some of them in the store right now, a very large one which can be used for salads of as fruit bowl and two small ones which can be used to serve snacks or as candle holder.

You can find the Metsä bowls here 

Friday, February 10, 2017

One of Jiri Brabec Vases for Rosice Glassworks


Jiri Brabec 

Jiri Brabec (1933-2005) created over 200 designs for Rosice Glassworks, part of the so called Sklo Union, a cooperative of glass producers of former Czechoslovakia. Brabec graduated from the College of Arts and Crafts in Prague and was a colleague of other famous Sklo Union designer like Frantisek Vízner, Rudolf Jurnikl and Vladislav Urban. Later he worked in Rosice near Brno where he created over 200 designs. I have just listed this amazing vase to our Etsy store. Surprisingly, it is the first Brabec vase I ever found, they are quite rare around here. You find the vase here

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Blue Glass Series 5: Hadeland Blue Vases


Hadeland Blue Vases

Hadeland Glassverk of Norway has a stunning line of cobalt blue vases designed by Willy Johansson (1921-1993) in the 1970´s. Johansson´s started working for Hadeland in 1936 as a third generation of glass makers. He started working as a designed in 1947 and worked there until 1988. Among the hundreds of pieces he created for Hadeland, there is this line of blue tall vases with clear glass bases. These were not produced only in blue, but the blue version of this line of vases is the most valued one. Maybe the most famous one is the bubble glass vase, the tall and thin vase with a bubble on the bottom. We have a pair of those in stock, the small ones with 20cm tall and 3cm diameter. Just as beautiful as the tall ones.

You can check our glass vases here 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Blue Glass Series 4: Ingrid Glas Cobalt Blue Glass Vase


Ingrid Glass

This beautiful vase is a lovely example of German mid century glass. It is not the most rare piece of glass design, but still very beautiful and attractive. Ingrid Glass, or in German Ingridglas, or Ingrid Glashütte, Ingridhütte was a glass manufacturer based in Germany. It was founded in 1960's and possibly went bankrupt in 1979. This is not the most famous piece from Ingridglas which is mostly known for a line of vases that resemble bark.

This beauty you can find here