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
Ulla Procope was the designer of the forms for this now iconic series of teapots by Arabia Finland. It was produced from 1955 to 1972 in a hard earthenware. There were 2 sizes that Im aware of. There were also accessories such as a such bowl and milk jug which you don’t see very often now.
The simple, streamlined and elegant modernist form with its cane or rattan handle has become a classic, and much loved design.
It was released several plain colours including plain white, stoneware brown and black (in both matt and gloss finishes)
Probably though, it is the designs by Hilkka Liisa Ahola on the GA forms which have become the best known and most often seen nowadays.
Arabia Finland GA3 Teapot, Ulla Procope
Arabia Finland GA3 Teapot, Hilkka Liisa Ahola Sunflower Pattern
Until recently I had thought that the well known Arabia Finland “Kaarna” design was by Ulla Procope (1921-1968). However, more research recently has made me question this. The Finnish websites “laatutavara” and “dishwareheaven” both attribute the design to Goran Back, as do a number of other sources. Unfortunately the authoritative book “Arabia” by Design Museo Finland doesn’t list the design.
To throw confusion into the mix, another design “Mahonki” is often confused with Kaarna.
One thing is clear though – Mahonki and Kaarna all have the same forms or models which are known to be designed by Goran Back.
The form is referred to as the “GD3” series of forms
Mahonki is most often referred to as being a design by Ulla Procope – but this refers to the design of glaze colour and style, not the form.
To complicate the background of these designs, Ulla Procope died in 1968 at about the same time these designs were being released, so the probability is that both Kaarna and Mahonki were collaborative works – which may have been completed after Ulla’s early death. Read more