1/ white beams + pia wallen cross blanket (via)
2/ dried gourd pendant light (via)
3/ beautiful tones
A few exciting new arrivals to start off the new year. Maybe the Chinese new year, more accurately? At any rate, voila!
1 / Enamel and bronze ring designed by Hannu Ikonen. The enamel detailing is a rare element in his designs. I think the deep blue of the enamel compliments the warm bronze so beautifully.
2 / Rare design by Jorma Laine for Kultateollisuus Ky of Finland. Such charming and unusual “iconography” from the ever-mysterious Laine.
3 / Tapio Wirkkala’s “Omena” (apple) pendant in its rare, largest size. When it arrived, I literally gasped at how beautiful it is. Wirkkala’s designs truly have to be felt to be appreciated. The delicate movement of the inner ring, the airy, hammered surface texture shine in person. The original chain is the perfect finishing touch.
A lovely bunch of Arbutus Tree berries which are colouring the West Coast at the moment.
November is upon us! Lots of new arrivals being added on Hopea over the next few weeks, including these lovely finds:
1 / Haglund Studio Sweden bracelet from 1945.
2 / Rare Tapio Wirkkala “Crescent Moon” earrings from Finland, 1972.
3 / Anton Michelsen gilded gold porcelain pendant from the “Royal Bini” collection of 1968.
The fall has descended rather rapidly this year on Vancouver Island. The cold rains are washing away my memories of the once uncomfortable heat of my attic room. A move away from salads and towards ratatouille. Settling into wool jackets and long sleeps. I’m into it!
Lots of new arrivals being added over at Hopea just in time for the holiday season to start. Be sure to check in!
1 / Rare “Kyoto” ring in 14k gold designed by Björn Weckström.
2 / Owe Johannson bracelet. Finland, c. 1970. (Available here.)
2 / Hans Hansen bracelet in 14k gold. Denmark, c. 1960.
When thinking of the image I want for Hopea going forward, I like to think on Elis Kauppi’s collection for Finland’s Artek exhibition of 1958. In a groundbreaking move, pieces were displayed on simple linen and wood blocks instead of the traditional black velvet. The understated; the aesthetic assertion that natural equals refined is, to me, quintessentially Scandinavian.