VE44 Feb/Mar 2019 Contents
Jeweller to the Stars
Gemma Redmond admires the flamboyant creations of jewellery designer Joseff of Hollywood
Part one of a series of articles about 1950s kitsch ceramics. Ranging from travel through to animals, Chris Marks looks at how different manufacturers approached similar topics
Living with Design
Now an effective contemporary home with a few key Mid-century pieces – Interior Designer Clare Pascoe has transformed Locks Lane in West Sussex
Prisoner of Love
Straps, buckles, leather, wooden plugs, slings and harnesses... no not medieval torture or dominatrix inventory, it’s the seating designed by Arne Norell
Bernat Klein’s contribution to fashion, design, architecture and Scotland’s international reputation, will be his enduring legacy
A Life in Drawing - Wherever you are in the country, as of this February you can engage with one of the greatest minds in history – Leonardo da Vinci
Design - Five Design Shows not to be missed...
From Bath and London, to Brussels, Amsterdam and Paris
Lights, camera... Auction! February brings two great sales – a collection of movie props from Ewbank’s in Surrey, and over 5000 toys will go under the hammer at Anderson and Garland in Newcastle
Dealer Kieran Mathewson of River and Jones digs into the lives of four women involved in the trade
MEET OUR ADVERTISERS
I don’t know about you, but if feels like it’s been a hell of a slow start to 2019. Perhaps we weren’t feeling that optimistic about the coming year, in particular the next few months, and all the uncertainty that comes with living in the UK at the moment.
I know we’re concerned about how decisions will impact on our businesses as publishers and dealers, as the European marketplace has been very important to us over the years. We have established some great connections, and as you know, we do love to travel! There are a number of shows we’ll be attending over the next few months, from Brussels to Amsterdam, and hope it will all continue to be as effortless (and as much fun) as it’s been in previous years.
You’ll probably recognise these pieces – or at least one of them – but you may well know very little about the Swedish designer who created them all. Their classic look, and the fact that they are still so plentiful on the market, is proof of their high quality in design, comfort and function. The fabulous chairs and sofas of Arne Norell (1917-1971) are like the finest cashmere of the furniture world, made to live with for generations.
Norell began designing chairs in Sweden in the late 1940s – ‘The Thumb’ chair was designed for Gösta Westerberg – and started his own workshop in Stockholm in 1954 before moving to Småland in southern Sweden in 1958 to develop the company Möbel AB Arne Norell.
I first discovered Bernat Klein back in 2014, having been given some wonderful bolts of vintage textiles, mohair and tweeds still on their original card. Sadly, it was also the very same year that he had died.
I quickly realised that his eye for colour extended far beyond his textiles – and the way he could deconstruct colours from an image and conjure them up again in glorious art and design is captivating.
TRADING PLACES - FEB/MAR 2019
After an exciting run interviewing decorative dealers, our editor Karyn suggested I try a slightly different approach and asked if I could interview women in the trade who have gone beyond just dealing, and have set up other businesses related to the trade. Not only did Karyn suggest a couple of dealers that she’d like me to talk to, but she also dropped quite a few hints that she in fact, would also be a perfect candidate!
As time went on, and with our deadline looming, it soon became apparent that one of the dealers wasn’t going to get back to us in time, and with no time to find a replacement, I could almost hear the sound of Karyn shouting “Pick me, PICK ME!” in the distance..
Now I’m not one to point fingers... but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Karyn purposely tried to sabotage my article in order to secure her slot! Nevertheless, knowing where my bread is buttered, and with my hands firmly tied, I was delighted to interview Karyn for the last two pages! Read more…