Arabia Finland Krokus – Esteri Tomula
Recently I came across some of this lovely design by Esteri Tomula for Arabia Finland. The design is Krokus, and it was in production for quite a short period between 1978-1979. Im always drawn to the work of Esteri Tomula, often before I know that it is a design from her.
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The Krokus series came a few different colourways: A green,blue and white version, a black and white version, and a black and white version with a grey/sepia coloured banding. It is at the same time a delicate, but striking and bold design.
Much of Esteri’s work was inspired by the flora of Finland, which becomes obvious when you see her designs – but especially obvious in this design.
The forms the design is placed on are from the EH series, designed by Peter Winquist in 1970, and used on many of the designs for years to follow.
Recently on Ebay Australia I watched with interest as the unused original Arabia Finland Krokus setting pictured below went at auction for $1,200. The interest and admiration people have for just about anything from Arabia Finland never seems to wane 🙂