Category Archives: mid century modern

Rolly Crump: Projects of a Whimsical Earth

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Baby Tattoo has a new Kickstarter up. This one is for a book of Rolly Crump art. He is a wonderful artist who worked for loads of people including Disney.

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Vintage Ernest Sohn Cheese Board

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I listed this in my vintage shop yesterday.

It’s a walnut cheese board by Ernest Sohn. The flower tile is actually enameled copper and is so brilliant color wise. I wish the image was a match to the various dinnerware patterns that I collect because I would keep it.

Also – a learning experience. The signature on the reverse looks like Ernest John but the first letter is actually a stylized S, as I discovered as I found items online that still had their boxes.

Vintage pottery can be a learning experience

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I have lusted for vintage pottery for a very long time. I’m big on identifying patterns and shapes. For years and years, there has been a Blue Tulip pattern in pottery serving pieces that has been attributed to Cronin Pottery of Ohio, namely because the mark used on the bottom was similar to a mark they used. It’s recently been discovered that in fact Blue Tulip is a Cameron Clay Products of West Virginia design.

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/37180-sevilla-and-tulip-are-now-cameron-clay-p

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Cameron-Clay-Products/250876448294945

I need to have a cocktail party.

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I’ve mentioned my penchant for things of a vintage nature. I love old glass and pottery, formica tables and cool old chairs. I also have a serious weakness for vintage stainless steel. If it has teak trim – bestill my heart.

I got this tray a couple of months ago –

I knew it would go well with these pieces – serving bowl and relish tray –

Yesterday, I hit my favorite thrift on sale day. They had these sets in bags. I knew I liked them, based simply on shape. It wasn’t until I got them home that I realized how much I liked them.

How freakishly practical is that? Small snack plates that are stored in a box as shown below but set up on a buffet table as shown above. I love that the base has slots for the plates and holes for the forks. I can imagine a group of hip and happening people using these in the ’60’s. I so need to have a cocktail party now.

Fondue Forks as an Art Piece

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I love fondue. I love the kitsch factor of fondue parties from the 70’s. I can’t help but smile when I see vintage pots in shops. I can’t help buying all the vintage fondue fork sets I see when I’m shopping. It’s a sad, sad addiction.

This is one of my favorite sets – the stand makes a simple housewares item into a sculptural piece.

Mid Century Modern Wow

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My daughter goes to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York. After their first year of school, they’re required to spend 5 months externing at a business where they can practice their craft. Since she’s taking Baking and Pastry, she’s working at a bakery – Wild Flour, in Rocky River, Ohio. We’ve been there over 2 weekends – first to meet the owner and then to move her in.

This city is amazing. Wonderful neighborhoods full of gorgeous homes from Tudor cottages to elegant Victorians. The urban architecture is so fun to look at – loads of mid century modern buildings with strong lines, zig zag roof structures – you name it, this city has it.

There is a building at 20800 Center Ridge Rd, the Suburban West Building. The first time we drove past, I noticed the concrete slabs and deep teal panels over the windows. Just beautiful and a simple, clean design. If I needed an office, and I lived in Rocky River, it would be in this building.

Love the simple lettering over the entrance
Love the simple lettering over the entrance

 

Left corner of building
Left corner of building

Only after a couple of days of driving by it did I notice the artwork on the front of the building – a gorgeous atomic mini mural.

We think this looks like stacked MCM monsters
We think this looks like stacked MCM monsters

 

Closer view

Closer view

The pictures were taken with a camera phone. Next visit with my daughter, I plan on taking my camera and documenting some of the delicious architecture that Rocky River & surrounding areas have to offer. I also plan on going into this building to see if I can find any info on the designer or mural artist. I love both.