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Olaf Joff Vase from Midcentury Norway

Olaf Joff Vase from Midcentury NorwayI have been very much enjoying these hefty stainless steel vases from Norway, c. 1960 designed by Olaf Joff. Their quirky brutalist style really reminds me of the jewellery of Guy Vidal. They’re great as sculpture on their own, but I think the pop of colour that the flowers contributes lightens everything up nicely. These lovely carnations came from my local supermarket!


I recently stumbled across the fantastic work of London-based printmaker Tessa Horrocks. The prints are a somewhat dark interpretation of otherwise mundane subjects, such as pebbles or flowers. I love the contrast between the sense of volume and detail with the overall pressing flatness of the pieces. Wonderful! I would love to hang one of her “Pebbles are Great” or “Ice Flowers” in my new apartment.  

Via Tessa Horrocks.


matti j. hyvarinen ring

d4d79be215c5fa433181ace698d0bbaaA few pieces of design inspiration this snowy Monday afternoon! I know everyone is saying it, but I am seriously ready for winter to be over.

1 / Not sure what the source for this image is (oh, Pinterest), but the colour/texture of the bedding are incredible. If any one has a clue about where these exist, please let me know!

2 / Just added on Hopea, this stunning silver ring designed by Matti J. Hyvarinen (Finland, 1975). I love the sculptural volume of Hyvarinen’s work.

3 / Something about sheepskin draped over Wegner chairs… Via.

I discovered this incredible Serbian home through one of my favourite blogs, This Is Paper. “House A” as the architectural project by Autori is called, is an adaptation of the Novakov family house from the year 1925.

The photos of the space are somewhat clinical, as befits an architectural overview; however there is a  distinctive cinematic element to them as well. Perhaps it’s the lighting or the subtle film grain, but the images of this beautiful house are captivating.

A few pieces of inspiration on this blustery, pre-Fall Wednesday.

1/ Georg Jensen Demask “Plaid” Wool Throws. Rustic and luxurious stuff! (Via.)

2/ Home ceramics with an edge from Tine K Home. (Via.)

3/ An Anton Michelsen ring designed by Knud V. Andersen. Gold-plated silver, Denmark c. 1965. Coming soon to Hopea.

Something I’m picking up on lately is how a harmonious tonal palette makes objects and rooms appear particularly lovely. Even with a mixture of textures and colors, everything seems to vibrate on the same level. I love the understated Scandinavian feel that results.

1/ Color Futures – Via. 

2/ Enzo Mari’s D1 Vessel, Italy 1964. Via’s upcoming Mass Modern auction (which I’ve been ogling all week).

3/ Smok chair by Hans Sapperlot – Via.

Friday already! Here’s a few new pieces on Hopea this week:

1. Hans Hansen ring. Denmark, c. 1960
2. Björn Weckström bracelet. Finland, design from 1970s.
3. Pentti Sarpaneva silver ring. Finland, 1975.

If you’ve been checking in on Hopea the last couple weeks, you can see that adding new pieces to the site has been priority number one. I’m still a long way from finished with the update. With over one hundred pieces of rare Scandinavian and Canadian jewelry to photograph, document and list, I will likely be at it all summer. Which is great!

Pentti Sarpaneva’s “Icicles” Necklace is a favourite new addition of mine. I just love the exuberant and tactile quality of the design. The piece seems to just melt (appropriately enough!). Below is a photograph from Donald J. Willcox’s out of print book “New Design in Jewelry” of a model wearing the necklace. The chain pictured is shorter, however it gives a great sense of the bold scale.

Below: Sarpaneva’s wife, muse and model wearing the matching earrings.

On the other end of the modernist jewelry spectrum – a sneak peek at a rare Plus Norway design by Tone Vigeland coming soon. With its clean lines and geometric pattern, the piece has a very contemporary feel.

It takes a little time to feel at home in a new city – I’m not quite there yet, but I’m getting closer. Getting down to work in my cozy new office is definitely helping!