Monthly Archives: October 2012

Vintage Scandinavian Gold pendant by Elis KauppiVintage Scandinavian Gold pendant by Elis Kauppi

Vintage Scandinavian Gold pendant by Elis Kauppi

I just had to share an arrival which was on my doorstep this morning. This stunning 1966 pendant by Finnish designer Elis Kauppi embodies so much about what I love about jewelry from Finland; bold scale, graceful geometric shapes, and a sense of fun.

It’s also remarkably fresh. It reminds me of the large luxury pieces from the new Tiffany Legacy line whose campaign appears in this month’s Vogue. (Karen Elson is also fabulous…)

Karen Elson for Tiffany's Legacy 2012


Guy Vidal jewelry sculptureGuy Vidal jewelry sculptureA few months ago, I had the pleasure of acquiring two incredible sculptures by Canadian artist Guy Vidal. I sold them quickly, but not without a pang of regret. There are some things that you just know you will never find again. But I do have these pictures to console me – which I now share with you!

Both pieces are large pendants which are designed to sit upon a separate stand when not in use. Worn, they are incredible statement pieces, on their own, they become stand alone sculpture. To me, these are among Vidal’s best work. When I think about the whole design process, from creation to casting to finish, they become even more amazing.

vintage hans hansen ring

Vintage Scandinavian Snowflake necklace

Vintage Scandinavian silver ringNew arrivals this week!

1 / Hans Hansen ring. Denmark, c. 1970. Such a beautifully refined piece.

2/ Kultateollisuus Ky necklace. Finland, c. 1970. Love this motif – you can never have too many snowflake necklaces, in my opinion. It reminds me of this fantastic piece we had last year around this time.

3/ Jorma Laine for Kultateollisuus Ky. Finland, c. 1973. So charming, all those long-necked figures.

I’m also currently working on putting together a Tumblr archive of all of Hopea’s past pieces. Stay tuned!


A few beautiful things that have inspired me over the weekend:

1 + 4/ Beautiful Nordic housewares from Danish design brand House Doctor. Their recently released A/W catalog, titled “Moments”, is chalk full of covetable objects and I just love the layout!

2/ A stunning bent plywood rocker. Love the rich tone of the wood.

3/ Hans Wegner’s “wishbone” chair.

5/ New Hannu Ikonen “reindeer moss” pieces that have just arrived. These gorgeous bronze designs are so very fall.


It’s such a treat when I stumble across original promotional material from the Nordic designers that I carry at Hopea. In seeing the original marketing ideas, you often gain a fuller understanding of the artist’s vision for his/her work. This week, a couple of Hopea’s latest arrivals correspond with original print materials that I’ve saved from various sources.

The first image above is a page from the Turun Hopea Oy catalog which details Jorma Laine’s pieces for the firm during the 1970s. I’m so happy to have one of his rare works in crystal (catalog number 3815) available on Hopea this week. (Thanks to this Tumblr for the catalog image).

The second set is from the Royal Bini series by Danish firm Anton Michelsen for ceramic giant Royal Copenhagen. The pieces explore the use of porcelain in modern jewelry design. The results are clean and sleek objects which merge two distinct realms of design; symbolic of the merger of the two firms in 1968. The “keyhole” ring pictured above will be available next week on Hopea.

A few inspirational objects with which to start your week!

1/ Amazing pots from TW Pottery. I love how the wooden weaves imitate the plant tendrils – both quirky and delicate.

2/ “Stump” by  Kieran Kinsella. The artist creates these amazing stools from fallen trees around his New York studio. The new porcelain glazed collection is also amazing.

3 + 4/ Beautiful, minimal mugs by Line Rønnest  + print by Lene Nørgaard – both available on

I hope all of my fellow Canadians are having a lovely Thanksgiving Day weekend!