A few months ago, I came across a piece of Cathrineholm 1960s Lotus Enamelware at an auction. A quick search shows that eBay and Etsy are *teeming* with the stuff. Vintage Cathrineholm ain’t cheap, but it is gloriously lovely and it holds up extremely well in terms of quality and design.
Lotus Enamelware was designed by Grete Prytz Kittelsen and Arne Clausen (see the Design Sponge feature on Clausen’s oft-overlooked contributions). Though its color palette screams Atomic America, this ’60s design icon is pure Norway.
With the current vogue for open shelving, the colorific glory of Cathrineholm begs to be resurrected. It is anything but dull and oh-so-pretty.
One of the most oft-cited modern collectors is artist/author Lisa Congdon. She’s been featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine:
And seriously, folks. Her collection is TDF:
(A shot of Congdon’s vintage Scandinavian collection. Source: Poppytalk)
Yeah. Swoon-city. Congdon gets that whole nostalgia-made-new-again. Her blog, collectionaday.com, is a little gem. And while this lady has quite an eye for vintage enamelware, she collects everything from erasers to dominos. Back in 2010, her blog started as a sweet little project — every day for one year, she would post an image of items from her collections (in the form of a photo, drawing, or painting):
(Cathrineholm, Day 362, collectionaday)
The result was more than a trip down memory lane. It was a daily nudge from the past — an interruption to today’s buy-new/buy-now mentality. I love it!