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Monday, 7 April 2014

Sometimes I buy something just because I want to take it home and figure out what it is! It happened with these Dansk knives. They were marked IHQ and Finland so I knew they were an older design but I hadn't seen them before. Twenty minutes later I emerged victorious from the depths of the internet: it's Dansk Thor! Listed here.

As I started thinking about putting together this week's post, I realized it's been a quiet week since I've been busy with other projects. I almost didn't post anything but looking through my latest photos, it became obvious that there was a lot of beauty in this week!

How gorgeous is this Marimekko dress? It even has the Design Research tag! DR was a retailer that sold and popularized Marimekko and other Scandinavian design in the US. In fact, you might need to get the DR book. The pattern of the dress is Keidas, designed by Annika Rimala in 1966. SOLD.

And because you can never have too much Finnish design in your life, a long-time want arrived in the mail, an Antti Nurmesniemi for Finel kettle. Sadly, it really wanted to get out of the box before it arrived, so it got to me with a chip on the spout.

Some pieces of Arabia's Valencia pattern, one of my all-time favourites. The blue is so mediterranean and I love how each piece is hand painted and thus slightly irregular. 

The greatest surprise this week was the rya rug. I only had time to stop in one store that day and as I walked in, one of the most knowledgeable dealers in the area was leaving. I almost turned around. Glad I didn't though, because I ended up finding this beauty! 

Speaking of rugs and Finnish design, I just learned that Klaus Haapaniemi, the designer who made the famous Taika pattern for iittala, has his own line of rugs. Amazing! More info on his website.


  1. Great looking finds! The rug is stunning! I have only found one Rya rug and I was very close to keeping, I just didn't have the space...

    1. Thanks! I remember your rug, it looked really good!