Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Egersund Korulen

Apart from emptying an endless number of cardboard boxes with stuff to go in the kitchen cabinets, (I have the reclining tower of Pisa, cardboard edition, in my hallway:-) I managed to squeeze in some thrifting.

For a long time, I've been searching for pieces from the Egersund Korulen line. It's such a happy design, just makes you smile. The great 70s style just adds to the appeal:-) I've always imagined how great it would be to start my morning with such a cheerful breakfast set. They very rarely appear in thrifts, I've only managed to get my hands on two coffee cups. This weekend, however, I found an ad on FINN (the norwegian equivalent to Craigslist) for a set of 8 plates, 8 teacups with saucers, a sugar bowl and two serving plates in mint condition. I have seen ads before, but the sellers have sharged a fortune. This time, the set was very reasonably priced, and best of all, the seller was only a 45 minute drive from where I live! So now I'm the happy owner of this great set. And need I say they look fab in my new kitchen?

Korulen was in production at Egersund Fayance from 1971 to 76. The design is called Unique (Kaare Blokk Johansen) and the decor Solsikke (Sunflower) or Korulen (Unni Margrethe Johnsen). They also came in a sunny orange version without the sunflower decor, but with brown trim, and a version in brown with orange lids.








This little sugarbowl in the last two snaps is my favorite piece, isn't it cute? I found some other great stuff to which I will post shortly, to be continued....

20 comments:

  1. Ahhhhhhhhhhh you know I have a thing for sunflowers, how lovely are they!
    Mean't to be, they will look stunning in your new TEAK kitchen!
    You know the kitchen wins the TLS award!
    I have sugar bowl excitement :)

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    1. That was impressive, Pippa, your comment came two minutes after I hit the publish button:-) How nice!
      I'm so thrilled you liked it so much, and you're absolutely right, I think it was actually designed for my kitchen:-)
      A TLS award, that's something! I feel a bit bad about not having followed up your great initiative with the TLS, it was such a great idea! Must do something about that!
      I guess it's morning in your part of the world now? Wish you a great day!

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    2. I knew Pippa would love this!
      I love the lid on the sugar bowl too - like a little casserole dish. I also like the way the cups are designed to stack.

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    3. I suspected she would too:-) Sunflowers and all! I do appreciate how well the cups stack, I think that kind of functionality is an important factor in design, especially when it comes to objects designed for everyday use. Anything else just becomes annoying. A good designer is a person who gets this! I've just been admiring your home, I'll comment soon:-)

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  2. What a delightful set! You're right...just looking at it makes me smile. What is it about sunflowers that instantly cheers us?

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    1. I'm so glad you like it, Dana! Yes, what is it about sunflowers? For me, I think it's the sun- part, both in the bright color and the shape. It's also like an archetype of a flower, just the way a child would draw it:-)

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  3. What a stunning design Tove, love the way the design is placed on the side of the cups. A maker I have rarely seen here.

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    1. Thank you, Ray, I'm glad you liked it! I absolutely agree, the way the pattern is placed is very clever, and it's not the most obvious choice. I also like the way the pattern and the shape of the lids work together on the sugar- and serving bowls.
      I don't find a lot of the 60s and 70s Egersund designs over here either, actually, although alongside Figgjo and Stavangerflint, the factory was one of the "big three" back home. I wonder if they produced smaller volumes than the other two?

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  4. Ingen tvivl om, at det giver en god start på dagen. Hver dag! Perfekt til dit nye køkken.

    /Birgitte

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    1. Tusen takk- så hyggelig, Birgitte! Jeg har lett etter det lenge, så gleden var stor da jeg så annonsen. En fin ekstrabonus at farvene passer så fint til det nye kjøkkenet:-)

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  5. Åh, så fint altså!! Perfekt til våren:)

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    1. Tusen takk!! Jeg er kjempeglad for å ha funnet det! Morsomt å få det så komplett, ellers blir det jo ofte en kopp her og en kopp der! Gjett hva det skal dekkes på ned til påske:-)

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  6. Lovely set Tove. They will look just perfect in your new kitchen! I have to agree that they would be a great set of dishes to start the day off with. Enjoy!

    By the way, I've been hearing about the Norwegian TV show that was on recently about wood and fire. There was a very popular article in the NYT's about it and I also heard it on our local Public Radio station. I never knew Norwegians had a such a passion for wood! Are you a bark up or down house? :)

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    1. Thanks very much, Francine! Great to hear that you liked my new and happy dishes:-)

      Haha- I guess you're referring to the firewood marathon that was on for 12 hours?!? It's pure madness, ridiculous to put it mildly.... I can assure you I DID NOT WATCH IT!!
      I mean, I do love our wood building traditions, the great ships and houses, but there's a limit.... On behalf of my fellow countrymen I'm embarrassed of the strange impression you guys out there must have gotten of us!! Our national tv company has also aired a train journey that went on for even longer, but I guess the firewood marathon took the cake....

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  7. It's a happy design indeed! Sunflowers always bring me joy!

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  8. I'm so glad my new set brought you some joy:-) It certainly brought me joy when I found it! Do drop in again soon- there's more joy to come:-)

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  9. Oj, vad domär fina! Jag råkar ha 3 delar av den oranga Unique, försökte just Googla dom för ett par veckor ock konstaterade att dom inte är så vanliga. Jag har kanna, serveringsfat ock såskarott =)

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    1. De oransje Unique er også kjempefine! Det stemmer nok at solsikken/ Korulen var mest vanlig. Men begge mønster er sjelden å se i loppiser, iallefall her. Ønsker deg en flott uke:-)

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  10. Heisann. Hvis du er interessert har jeg en god del Korulen til salgs.

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  11. This Sunflower set is/was actually on display at Singapore National Museum.

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