Arabia Kosmos was a pattern on the very popular “S” Model forms designed Ulla Procope in the 1960s, and the Kosmos pattern was designed by Gunvor Olin Gronqvist.
Kosmos was in production at Arabia Finland c1962-1976. Because this was a hand painted design you will get quite a bit of variation in the lightness and darkness in the pattern.
(The same model forms (Model S) were also used for the Anemone and Rosmarin and hugely popular Ruska designs)
Kosmos came in two colour variations, of which the blue one is less commonly found these days. I love the subtle shifts of reddish to yellow ochre colours in the brown version.
Arabia Finland Kosmos
Quite a rare find. This very attractive geometric design is Arabia Finland’s “Revontuli”, produced at Arabia from 1954 – 1963.
The form design is of course classic Kaj Franck, on his “TM” Shape, and the pattern design is by Raija Uosikkinen.
The TM shape was designed by Franck in 1948, inspired by a coffee service in made by the Imperial Porcelain Factory of St. Petersburg for Emperor Paul 1 of Russia.
When designing this form Franck did not include a recess in the saucer to hold the cup, which kept the form pure in appearance – and as a consequence the saucer can also be used as a small sweet/cake plate.
Raija designed 3 colour-ways for the series as far as I can find out – Blue, Red and a Yellow Ochre.
Arabia Finland Revontuli Blue
Arabia Finland Revontuli Red
Until recently I hadnt come across this fantastic design in real life.
This is the blue version of “Faenza”, Arabia Finland 1973-1979.
The very functional, clean lined forms (The EH Series) were designed by Peter Winquist, for which he won an international ceramics design prize.
The decoration/design is by Inkeri Seppälä (better known as Inkeri Leivo) .
The decoration on Faenza came in brown, black, blue and yellow- and the blue is such an intense, vibrant colour – and tends to be the more collectable (and thus expensive version nowadays). As far as I have been able to find out the yellow and black were without any pattern, just the banding.
Arabia Faenza – Blue