I heart heart pitchers and Kaj Franck. Picked up this simple enamel pitcher at Sleepy Poet Antique Mall last weekend. It was love at first sight (literally). I bought it based on pure aesthetic, having no idea that the piece was part of the 1960s modernist enamelware line, designed by Kaj Franck for Arabia Finel Finland, and highly collectible. Upon further research, I discovered that I am obsessed with this entire line of Finnish enamel. I mean, who couldn't love that lobster bowl?
Then, upon further research, I came across an article from the February 2011 issue Martha Stewart Living Magazine (which I actually read back in January). It was about Lisa Cogdon (artist, illustrator, and author of Collection a Day) and her collection of Mid-century kitchenware, mainly Scandinavian enamelware. I vaguely recall being memorized by this image and ogling all the pieces of her colorful collection.
Apparently it made some sort of subliminal impact on me... notice the heart motif on a bowl in her collection? It's just like my pitcher! I love what she had to say about her first encounter with the vintage kitchenware: ''About 12 years ago, I found an orange plate. That was the gateway drug both to enamelware and plate collecting for me.''
I'm officially addicted.