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The Lunning Prize

Sunday, 20 October 2013

I love seeing familiar things in thrift stores. Last year I received a very generous Secret Santa gift from Vintage Scapes - a pair of iittala Niva double old fashioned glasses designed by Tapio Wirkkala. They have come in most handy with gin & tonics. But it also meant that I was really familiar by how this glass is supposed to feel and look. And when I stumbled upon this motherload of Finnish glass, I knew right away what it was. They are all listed in the store now.

I was also very happy to find this cobalt blue Arabia jam jar on the right. The Arabia mark had worn off as it sometimes does but what was still there, was a sticker for the Lunning Collection. I have to admit, I had no idea what this meant, I figured it stood for a fancy retailer since they are known for putting their names on things and I wasn't that far off.

Frederik Lunning had a shop in NYC selling Scandinavian design and in 1951 in order to promote Nordic design, he began issuing prizes to eminent designers from the region. Two prizes were given out each year and the recipients' list reads like a true who's who of Scandinavian design. Here's the list on Wikipedia and a good article on the prize and its winners.

So in addition to getting a pretty blue jam jar I also got a small history lesson and learnt of another thing to look for!

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