Weekend Finds: The Best of Scandinavia …and a Hooker

Like so many of my weekends lately, I have been too busy with other things to spend much time thrifting. Yet it always seems like I find just as much when I’m not looking aggressively. A quick stop a thrift store or a casual flip through Craigslist and boom, I’ve got just as many great things as if I had spent days hunting them down. Good things, too, like this Dansk serving tray.

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Granted this wasn’t priced as though it was at a garage sale (or even a thrift store where it actually was, for that matter) but still a solid find. Designed by Jens Quistgaard in the 1960s, this teak was produced in a few different sizes. Often riddled with knife cuts, this one is no worse for wear.

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My next bit of Scandinavian wares did come with a thrifty price tag of $2.99 and is a good example of why you should always open interesting looking boxes.

IMG_7877I almost overlooked this box on the shelf entirely—viewed from straight above no text can be seen. But it’s colorful pattern drew me in and the minute I picked it up, I saw the name of the legendary mid-century modern Finnish sculptor, Tapio Wirkkala.

IMG_7885Inside the box, nestled in their original styrofoam packing, were six “Niva” cordial glasses designed by Wirkkala for Iittala. Wirkkala’s work ranged from mass consumption items like vodka and ketchup bottles to artful ceramics to one-off works of art. His masterful use of small patterns and textures are showcased here in ice-like glasses that sparkle like crystal in the light. After seeing the glasses, I particularly liked that the pattern on the box is a dramatic close up of the glassware.

IMG_7894And finally, my last find of the weekend is that Hooker I mentioned in the title of this post.

IMG_7866She might be a Hooker, but she’s got class. The result of a quick Craigslist check, this desk was a good Sunday afternoon find. Other than needing a little polishing up, I was surprised to find it in such good condition. I was also pleasantly surprised to discover a finished back panel.

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I don’t come across pieces by Hooker every day, but I’m always happy when I do. They’re always interesting and finished very nicely. They’ve become one of my favorite makers to hunt for.

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