I've been obsessing again over pretty much all things Scandinavian. There are so many unique pieces I want to own and collect but as usual I'm low on patience and low on shelf space. Lately, you guys have been snapping up Stig Lindberg's Berså Collection. Even with the re-relase of some of the dishes in 2005, the prices for these vintage pieces are astronomical. The tea pot alone is now priced over $1300USD. The familiar and simple leaf design has been an iconic piece on Swedish kitchen tables for decades and it's been the inspiration for many modern designers. I think this is one I desperately want but will have to give up on ever getting. So many of the best pieces are terribly rare. If you come across sugar bowls, salt and pepper shakers or any pieces other than the requisite tea cups and plates, grab them immediately and don't balk at the price tag.
And while Stig Lindberg (1916-1982) was one of Sweden's greatest and most popular designers, another popular designer was Marianne Nilsson. Still within my comfort range and suited for most tabletops, the Sill collection is timeless. Designed by Marianne Nilsson in the 1950s, this simple iconic herring graphic print from textile company Almedahl is one of their most recognized patterns ever. Still in production, you can pick up a sizeable number of pieces including dish towels, table cloths, fabric, tea cups, pot stands, trays, cutting boards and storage jars. This is one complete collection that I do own in its entirety.
If you're collecting, happy hunting. You won't regret owning these two iconic pieces of design.