Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nordic influence

A group of vases by Danish ceramist Claire Marie Lehmann. Each one-off piece is about 5 1/2 inches high, and is dipped by hand into colored glazes for a layered effect. $60

Kitchen designer Susan Serra has just launched a new online shop called Scandinavian Made, focusing on ceramics, and new and vintage rugs. Together with her daughter Kelly Serra Donovan, the two have sourced some of today's most innovative craftspeople, many of whom are little known outside their homelands. All of the items available through the digital storefront are one-of-a-kind. And at very reasonable prices, it's an easy way to introduce a little Scandinavian style into your home.

Orebro is a 60" x 29" rug woven by Eva Valente, who lives on a farm in Ladja, Smaland. Valente was inspired by the Valborg tradition, where Swedes celebrate the coming of spring on the Eve of April 30th with bonfires and singing. $275

Danish ceramist Hanne Bertelson's Rille vase, available in 4 sizes and a variety of colorful glazes, ranges from $45 to $175.

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