Wednesday, 27 July 2016

1960s Italian homewares

I’ve never been inspired by the 60s interiors, especially the homewares…but 1960s Italian... now that’s another story. As I made my way to the back of my local brocante store last weekend, something quite different caught my eye…a small box filled with six cups and what looked like saucers underneath. The box was battered, old and definitely vintage. It said ARNO, made in Italy on the side. Oh, I like the look of that, I thought, but I really don’t need another tea set and then walked on …but as I was leaving the store, something made me go back and take another look. I took out the cups turning them gently, admiring the right angled handle and the clean lines...it was really beautiful.

Glass cups and saucers have been around for a long time, but I hadn’t seen anything like this before. It was too unique to pass up. As I was admiring the cups, I looked up and around the shelving and my eyes fell on a silver art deco coffee pot, with milk jug, sugar basin and tray…they’d look great together I thought.


A few days later I looked up the name of ARNO on the internet and realised that these rather lovely glass cups and saucers were designed by a man called Joe Cesare Colombo, an Italian Industrial designer. Born in July 1930 -  he died on his 41st birthday in 1971 from a heart attack. He studied painting at  Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera but in 1955 he gave up painting to concentrate on his design career. He designed for the likes of Kartell, notably the 4801 chair, as well as designs for Alessi, flexiform and Boffi. I am not sure whether  my cups are original or inspired by him…but they are handsome and I do love the square handles and the square saucers so I will be keeping these.






















Have you found any unexpected bargains lately, and what era do you love the most? Do tell!
Have a great week!
Sharon

10 comments:

  1. OH! What a great find! I love Italian design and think they are somewhat forgotten about when we look at 60s and 70s items. I'd have to keep these if I were you! I love Elizabethan things, really old wood, and textiles. But I also like the gaiety of Victorian china and fabric too. Some mid century wares are lovely if you have the right home for it. I admire those who can achieve a nice mix in their own houses. x

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    1. Hi LeeAnn I don't usually go for 60s vintage so this is new for me, but I love the design of it, so I had to bring it home with me.

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  2. Wowww Sharon ...like the glas cups....lovely summer enjoy love Ria x

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    1. Glad you like them Ria, happy week for you. x

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  3. You found some real treasures I think! So elegant, so stylish, so very Italian! I've found nothing lately but I'm always keen on beautiful bargains.Love so much Kartell, I have a lot of pieces of furniture from Kartell and Alessi is super as well.Anyway, your stuff is fantastic whoever is the designer.Oh Jane, I saw your beautiful roses in the previous post, how gorgeous they are!
    Happy summer days dear!
    Olympia

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    1. Thank you Olympia, I really couldn't resist this teaset or the art deco coffee set. I bought it for my daughter actually, but I am having a hard time parting with it! Have a lovely summer! Sharon x

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  4. I'm not surprised those lovely coffee cups caught your eye! That was a wonderful find and even more exciting when you can discover such an interesting story behind them too! Sarah x

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    1. Usually my taste is a little more 1930s-40s vintage teasets but I couldn't pass these up, the square handles really piqued my interest and I had to take them home with me, it was a bonus to find that they were designed by a famous Italian designer, who would have guessed! Have a lovely week. Sharon x

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  5. Classic! Timeless and beautiful...
    Love from Titti

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    1. Thank you Titti, I plan to use these as often as possible. Have a lovely week. Sharon x

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