Things That Made Me Smile This Year

December 19, 2013

design pieces

As it is the time of year when everyone is manically shopping, Things That Made Me Smile will be an edit of objects I love this week.  Most of them are items I have been looking at for at least a year and will never afford, my dream shopping list if you like:

  1. This Picquot K3 kettle is a true design classic, produced in 1938 and included in the Britain Can Make It exhibition of 1952 this is a piece of modernism that just doesn’t date. I concede that in the age electric kettles it may be an object of pure beauty over practicality, but it is still a perfectly constructed item. Available from TwentyTwentyOne for £129.picquot ware K3 kettle design classic
  2. This Rosendahl Dog was born in 1934 and is an exact replica created from Kay Bojesen’s original drawings.  I love dachshunds, not sure my kitten would agree, but it is very cool. Currently in stock at Nest from £89. Rosendahl Dog from Nest
  3. This is a bit of a design cliche and that’s probably why I should include it in Things That Made Me Smile This Year – twentieth century design classic, the ubiquitous Wishbone Chair. Designed in 1949 by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son. Now available in a plethora of gorgeous colours, all retailing around the £500 mark. I think the nicest may in fact be the understated wood version which you can pick up from Skandium from £493, but the brightly hued ones can look super effective in the right context. I want one, I want one, I want one…                                                                                                                wegner wishbone chair green Wishbone chair skandiumWishbone chair pink wishbone chaire style magazine shoots
  4. I love this packaging from Brew Tea Co. These bright little boxes would bring a colour pop to any modern stylista’s kitchen, and of course look lovely contextualised next to the Picquot kettle above! Make mine a top hatted Earl Grey. From £4.50 at Brew Tea Co.              brew tea co
  5. An object that is completely unobtainable, this Scandinavian pottery jar by an unknown company decorated with horses is quite exceptional. I found it on Pinterest just over a year ago and have been coveting it ever since. I love the colours, so sophisticated and playful at the same time, just wonderful. Scandinavian Pottery Jar Horses
  6. Finally, something fairly cheap and cheerful (ok, but this is a wishlist!). These paper table placemats would be perfect on pretty much any Christmas table. They are only available in America at present, designed by company Plat du Jour, but they are stocked at anthropologie USA $36 for a pack of 50, crossing fingers that they eventually make it across the water…ad14b6d3e7a4b8c811a2431c154c02e5