I'm always on the hunt for authentic mid-century housewares and decor at thrift shops and garage sales. Some things are difficult increasingly difficult to find, so it's great when designers re-release popular products. One item I've never had the pleasure to come across in real life is the coveted Catherineholm Lotus Bowl. Originally issued in enamel, the design is being re-released by Danish design company Lucie Kass in ceramic for the Arne Clausen Collection, named for the man who created the popular design.
The name Arne Clausen might not sound familiar to many people, nevertheless, the Norwegian artist had a very influential role in one of Scandinavia's biggest design successes in the 1960's. Arne Clausen was employed as a decorator at the Norwegian factory Cathrineholm and he is behind the world famous "lotus" pattern which adorned many of the most popular products from Cathrineholm. Other than being used to decorate products from Cathrineholm the "lotus" pattern also found its way to Denmark where it was used to decorate porcelain items from Lyngby Porcelæn. The iconic "lotus" pattern is by many considered one of the most powerful examples of timeless Scandinavian design.
In collaboration with Arne Clausen's family we have launched a collection of ceramic bowls where the beautiful "lotus" pattern again comes to its right.
Aren't they beautiful? I'm eyeing the white and aqua one. I think it would look great in my kitchen on my teal countertops! The list of stockists doesn't show any retail US locations yet, but I'm hoping they make their way to this continent soon.
Images and quote from Lucie Kass.