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Rorstrand “Party” – Marianne Westman

Rorstrand “Party” – a design by Marianne Westman for Rorstrand Sweden, c1950s.

This is just so beautiful! I love the muted colour scheme of soft grey and a mustard yellow on this design of stylised abstracted tulips. The attention to detail is lovely too – with the hand painted tiny black stems at the base of each flower. It is a design I had never seen before until very recently.

It probably dates to the mid 1950’s, although I haven’t been able to find any verified information about the design. The design is on the same forms as “Mon Amie” and many other Westman designs of this period. Large generous cups are a feature of this series of forms too. A joy to look at.

Rorstrand Sweden, "Party" - Marianne Westman - photos Ray Garrod

Rorstrand Sweden, “Party” – Marianne Westman – photos Ray Garrod

Rorstrand Sweden, "Party" - Marianne Westman - photos Ray Garrod

Rorstrand Sweden, “Party” – Marianne Westman – photos Ray Garrod

Rorstrand Sweden, "Party" - Marianne Westman - photos Ray Garrod

Rorstrand Sweden, “Party” – Marianne Westman – photos Ray Garrod

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Ib Antoni for Bing & Grondahl

Ib Antoni (1929-1973) was a very well known and much loved graphic designer before his untimely death in 1973. He is known world wide for his now iconic poster design, especially for the posters of The Little Mermaid, Tivoli and Copenhagen.

I never knew until I discovered the ceramic wall plaques pictured in this post, that Antoni had designed a whole series of charming and very smart graphical and colourful designs for Bing & Grondahl – I presume late 1960s, early 1970s going by the style of design. The use of flat, graphical areas of bold colour, subtle detailing and outlining, really makes these designs pop. 

I’m not sure how many designs were in the series, but from what I can make out, each of the stylised creatures represented on the plaques has at least 2 different versions. Absolutely charming…and unique.

I discovered also that some of these designs were made into carpets/rugs for Egetæpper and Unika Væv Denmark. 

Ib Antoni for Bing & Grondahl

Ib Antoni for Bing & Grondahl

Ib Antoni for Bing & Grondahl

Ib Antoni for Bing & Grondahl

Ib Antoni for Bing & Grondahl

Ib Antoni for Bing & Grondahl

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Ivan Rabuzin for Rosenthal

Ivan Rabuzin ( 1921 – 2008) was a Croatian naive artist, with little formal training, who is said to have been one of the greatest naive style painters of our time. His work gives us a “vision of an eternal spring, untouched, heavenly nature and light with gentle pastel colours and poetic compositions that become a vision of Heaven on Earth” (From the Ivan Rabuzin website) 

In 1976 Rabuzin was engaged by Rosenthal to create a number of  “Art at the Table” designs for their Studio Line series. The shapes or forms these designs were placed onto were series by Hans Theo Baumann, Timo Sarpaneva, and Ambrogio Pozzi…..(I would be interested to know if there are more)

I recently came across one of Rabuzin’s most popular designs he created for Rosenthal Studio Line, called “Moj Dom” – in production 1986-1987.

The design is on a series of forms known as “Duo” by Italian designer Ambrogio Pozzi. The tall elegant vase with the Moj Dom design nicely displays Rabuzin’s style in its muted pastel hues, and a gentle and idealised composition which suits the Pozzi vase form so well. 

The design was a part large dinner service with many components, plus decor accessories. 

Rosenthal - Moj Dom, Ivan Rabuzin.

Rosenthal – Moj Dom, Ivan Rabuzin. Photo Ray Garrod

Rosenthal - Moj Dom, Ivan Rabuzin.

Rosenthal – Moj Dom, Ivan Rabuzin. Coffee Pot – Photo via Paulus Porcelain

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