Tag Archives: Scandinavian

Mid-century Swedish Sideboard – SOLD

17 Aug

Retro Troeds Bjärnum sideboard

Retro Troeds Bjärnum sideboard

I have to say I’m delighted at how beautifully this Troeds Bjärnum sideboard came out! When I found it it was in a rather sorry state, but we’ve given it a serious clean, sanded back the wood, and varnished it with a water-based marine varnish, and it looks almost new! There are still one or two areas which are damaged (see pics under ‘more’), and with the varnish being water based, you have to be a little gentle with the wood, but on the whole I think it looks fantastic! And it was well worth restoring – I knew it was something special the moment I laid my eyes on it, but it was only during the restoration that we spotted the Swedish maker’s mark. The Gigant sideboard was designed by Swedish architect Nils Jonsson for Troeds Bjärnum in the 1960s, and sells for as much as R20 000! I assume the name relates somehow to the proportions of the sideboard – while it’s nice and slim, it’s a fair bit longer than your average sideboard, so it makes a serious statement. The legs look to be solid teak, but there are areas where the wood has been veneered. On the plus side though, the inside of the sideboard is solid wood, and there’s an unusual blue felt-lined cutlery drawer.

A fantastic example of mid-century Scandinavian design. This is one of those pieces that I’m really going to struggle to say goodbye to!

Dimensions: 2.2m long x 79cm tall x 43cm deep

Price: R4200

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Small Enamel Pendant Light – SOLD

3 Aug

Small enamel pendant light

Small enamel pendant light

I can’t say for certain, but I suspect that this enamel pendant light might be Scandinavian – the plastic ceiling cup has an old ‘Made in Denmark’ sticker on the inside, and I can’t see the ceiling cup being from there, if the light itself isn’t. The shade is very simple, which I suppose is in keeping with Scandinavian style, with a long black cord, and a switch on the shade which allows you to turn the light on and off (a bit unusual). There are some light rust marks on the inside of the shade, but they’re not too noticeable, and I suppose if they really bother you you could always give it a quick go with a can of spray paint.

A simple, but very attractive light that would work well in a small space.

Dimensions: 25cm in diameter x 11cm tall (cord 1.35m long)

Price: R280

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Retro Scandi Glass Decanter – SOLD

12 May

Vintage Orrefors decanter

Vintage Orrefors decanter

I knew that this crystal decanter was special the moment that I laid eyes on it, but I had no idea quite how special! The decanter was made by Swedish glass makers, Orrefors (signed on the base), and was designed by Vicke Lindstrand, who worked at Orrefors between 1928 and 1940. So amazingly it seems that this decanter, which really could have been produced yesterday, was designed some 70 years ago! I don’t think that it’s quite that old though, as from what I’ve read Orrefors (whose most recent collaboration was with the iconic Karl Lagerfeld!) continue to produce their most popular designs, and going on how beautiful this decanter is, I’m certain that it’s one of the pieces that have remained in production. That being said, I can see that the decanter has a fair bit of age to it. Unfortunately you can’t see it in the photos, but the glass has worn quite matte where the stopper sits on the inside of the bottle. There are also one or two scratches near the base of the decanter, with one of them being quite deep. But the decanter really is such a thing of beauty that the wear isn’t off-putting in the slightest, and I’m sure that once it’s filled the damage will become even less noticeable.

A beautifully designed piece of glass that will add some serious style to your drinks trolley!

Note: These Orrefors decanters are fairly collectible, and can sell for as much as $200 each, but on average sell for around the $100 mark.

Dimensions: 37cm tall x 9cm in diameter

Price: R390

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Retro Finel ‘Mushroom’ Bowl – SOLD

14 Apr

Retro Finel 'mushroom' bowl

Retro Finel ‘mushroom’ bowl

I can’t tell you how excited I was to find this Finel ‘mushroom’ bowl! I think the last time I came across this pattern was when I had my shop, which must be about seven years ago now, so it really is something of a find! In addition to being super cool (if you’re a fan of retro there’s no way you don’t think that this enamel bowl is uber cool!), it’s also pretty collectible with this 1960s Kaj Frank design selling for as much as $165, and regularly selling for around the $100 mark!

Dimensions: 21.5cm in diameter x 14cm tall

Price: R350

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Rorstrand Oven Dishes – SOLD

7 Apr

Pair of Rorstrand baking dishes

Pair of Rorstrand baking dishes

Looking at this pair of Rorstrand baking dishes you’d never guess that the design dates to the 1950s – they really look like they could have been produced today! Not only are both dishes in mint condition, but the simplicity of the dishes hints at a more contemporary design, not one that was first introduced in 1955! The Gratina series was designed by architect Gunnar Nylund, whose mother was a Danish ceramist and his father a Finnish painter and sculptor. The dishes, which can go straight from the oven to your dining room table, have the most lovely burgundy glaze set against a white (almost blue-white) glaze on the inside. Looking at the condition of this pair, I really don’t think that they’ve been used very much at all – I don’t think that they have a mark on them!

A wonderful example of how good design really is ageless – without the back story I don’t think many of us would have any idea as to how old this pair are!

NB: These are quite small baking dishes – please pay attention to the dimensions below!

Dimensions: Medium dish – 35cm long (incl. handles) x 20.5cm wide x 4.5cm deep (when assembled); Small dish – 30cm long (incl. handles) x 17.5cm wide x 4cm deep

Prices:

  • Medium dish – R190
  • Small dish – R140/OR
  • R300 for the pair

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Retro Swedish Snack Dishes – SOLD

16 Mar

Retro Gense snack dishes

Retro Gense snack dishes

These Swedish Gense snack dishes have obviously seen a fair bit of use over the years, and as with most older stainless steel pieces, are quite scratched (see pics under ‘more’). But even with the wear & tear, they’re still a very stylish pair! I love the angle of the dishes, which although very simply designed, are worlds apart from your stock-standard stainless steel trays. I’m not sure that everyone out there would appreciate them as much as I do, but even if you’re just looking for a pair of plain serving trays, in terms of value for money you’re not likely to find much better in the shops.

Dimensions: Large tray – 45cm long x 18cm wide (at its widest); Small tray – 25cm long x 10cm wide (at its widest)

Price: R155 for the pair

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