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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!

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Northern Lighting is a company which produces amazing lighting pendants and fixtures which are inspired by Nordic nature. The unique shapes and organic forms remind me of some of my favourite Scandinavian designs. Their “Acorn” pendant seen here is just lovely. The smooth charcoal or eggshell colours are perfect and I love the wood detail. Beautifully styling as well – I’m a sucker for succulents.

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I was lucky enough to spend this past May long weekend soaking up the sun to be found on the west coast island known as Cortes. I wasn’t sure what to expect of this little gulf island that is home to 1000 residents. Between the sun, fresh shucked oysters, white sand beaches, and amazing variety of plant and flower life, I was very much sold!

One of the beautiful structures found on the Linnea Public Library property.

A lovely visit to Hollyhock, home to a world-renowned garden and oceanside retreat.

Oh, the flowers!

Content + sun dazed.

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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.

 

business cardsHopea has been up and running for three years! I’m celebrating with some new business cards.

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.

With 2013 done and gone, I am so looking forward to 2014! Lots of changes for me in the last few months. Myself, along with Hopea’s collection, have relocated to Vancouver Island. Calgary was such an unexpectedly great place to spend the last two years, but I’m also excited to be back where my roots are on the West coast.

The Christmas trunk shows at Kit Interior Objects in Calgary and Inform Interiors in Vancouver both went amazingly well. It was great to see returning faces of customers whom I’ve come to know through these shows as well as meeting other design-appreciating locals for the first time. There’s lots of advantages to having an online store, but I do miss that face-to-face element! I’m looking forward to next year already.

A few pictures from the shows:

Jewelry Trunk Show Calgary

A few Liisa Vitali and Georg Jensen pieces…

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Kit Interior Objects, Calgary

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My lovely little corner inside Inform Interiors in Vancouver.

Jewelry Trunk Show Vancouver Vintage Gold Scandinavian Ring

Dutifully manning the booth…

Last month, Hopea and one of my favourite design blogs, April+ May organized a giveaway for Jorma Laine’s “Kala” ring. The winner was drawn from the comments and I’m just so pleased it went to such a great customer and supporter like Pippa (ouchflower).

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I am still in the process of replenishing Hopea’s somewhat bare store (the trunk shows really were successful!), but I’m pleased to say that I have over 50 amazing new pieces of midcentury jewelry that are currently being documented and photographed. There was a great reception for elegant, minimal gold and stone rings over the holiday so I’ve done my best to track down some more of these designs.

Here’s a sneak peek of a few:

Vintage Gold Scandinavian Ring

Nils Westerback 14k gold ring. Finland, 1960.

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Rare enamelled Hannu Ikonen reindeer moss design. Finland, c. 1975. Currently available.

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MP Christoffersen sterling silver ring. Denmark, c. 1960.

For new arrivals as they happen, follow Hopea20 on Instagram or join us on Facebook. 

– Cosima

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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.