Stig Lindberg (1916-1982) was one of Sweden’s most important post war designers who created a number of now iconic 20th Century ceramic designs during his time with Gustavsberg Sweden.
One of the most striking I think is the Aster series of dinnerware he designed – which was released in 1972 in both red and blue variations. It was in production until 1974.
The combination of black outlining of the blue (or red) stylised aster forms really intensifies the boldness and attractiveness of the design. Especially with the contrast against the bright white of the porcelain. This use of black outlining to make a pattern “pop” can be seen in other designs by Lindberg such as “Bersa” (Green and Black)
The Aster series quickly became collectors items and was re-released by Gustavsberg in 2008 – but as with all re-releases, a slightly different pattern with updated forms and shapes. You can compare the original and new releases of the Aster design on the brilliant website of Mother Sweden
Stig Lindberg Blue Aster, Gustavsberg
Stig Lindberg Red Aster, Gustavsberg – Image via Lauritz.com
This bold and striking Middle Eastern influenced pattern with its lovely stylised floral elements and gorgeous blues and turquoise is Villeroy & Boch’s “Izmir”. It was produced between 1973-1975.
I have been unable to find who designed the pattern, but the design is on the “Milano” shapes, designed by Ludwig Scherer. This series of elegant, uncomplicated forms were used for a number of designs by Villeroy Boch between the 1960s -1990s including “Scarlett”, “Cadiz”, “Granada” and or course “Acapulco” and more.
Villeroy Boch Izmir
Villeroy Boch Izmir
Villeroy Boch Izmir – Image via Scandiwegians Etsy
Villeroy Boch Izmir – Image via NordicVintageNL Etsy
Interestingly there was a re-iteration of the design which was produced by Villeroy & Boch 1994-2002.
This charming floral design in denim blue is from Rorstrand Sweden, and called “Karin”. It’s not a design Ive come across before, and I haven’t been able to find out any details about the design or its designer – but it appears to be from the 1960s.
From images I’ve found online, this repeat pattern seems to have only been made as a cup design – which was quite common practice for Rorstrand during this era.
There is a decorative plate with the same name by Jacqueline Lynd who was an important design at Rorstrand in the 1974 -1990 – but it is as yet unclear if there is any link…the denim blue colour and style has some similarities though.