Wednesday Vignette – some classics never die…

As I was looking through the hundreds of photos I saved from my trip home to Sweden last winter, and contemplating the several yet unwritten blog posts, I found a shot of one of my favorite serving plates ever. We had one, I recall, but this particular one was spied in the Rörstrand Museum. For me, it beautifully sums up the 1950’s Scandinavian graphic design aesthetic – it is such a classic!  A few steps away, was a chair upholstered with a textile rendition of the same pattern. It is called ‘Picknick’ and was designed by Marianne Westman in 1954. I wish I knew what happened to our platter – I wonder if it is still in one piece…? Anyway, I can still enjoy this iconic design. You see, my dear aunt Anita gifted me a linen towel printed with it. She made me so happy! 😀fullsizeoutput_98d fullsizeoutput_98f

About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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13 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – some classics never die…

  1. FlowerAlley says:

    Whimsical and colorful.

  2. That’s a winner! Reminds me of a pair of Vera designed dishtowels I have from Crate & Barrel. And of course also vaguely Marimekko-ish. I dogged the WV this week in favor of Bloomday. I think maybe I’ll do a Thursday Vignette instead!

  3. rickii says:

    Love the radish bowl.

  4. Kris P says:

    You made great use of that towel! I grew up with Marimekko designs, my mother being VERY proud of her Finnish ancestry.

    • annamadeit says:

      Actually, that upholstered chair was in the museum. Mine is still a towel… Your mother had every reason to be proud. More so than all Scandinavians (except perhaps the Danes), the Finns have an astounding design heritage – Marimekko, Aalto, Arabia and beyond… And, because of their relative isolation, it has that special touch. Such great stuff! 🙂

  5. Evan Bean says:

    What a wonderfully nostalgic discovery. And such an interesting design, too. My WV is the sunrise at the end of my bloom day post. I forgot to link here. Trying to do too many things at once. Oops.

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