Functional Beauty- Mid Century Modern.

Mid century modern furniture popularity has been rising over the last decade. Who hasn’t heard of an Eames chair or Saarinen table, or seen the reproductions in West Elm? The decorative and functional arts of that time have also become popular. One of the most prolific contributors was the principal designer for Dansk, sculptor and designer, Jens Quistgaard. He brought his Danish sensibility to define the mid century modern age with function meets form. Note that the lid of the cookware is also a trivet. Quistgaard passed away in 2008. Vintage pieces are valuable in the resale market, but you can always buy new at home specialty retailers.

http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/more-dining-entertaining/jens-h-quistgaard-brass-pot-solid-teak-plinth-lid-dansk-designs/id-f_5889573/
Sur La Table
Bloomingdales
http://www.moblerhome.com/General/Tableware/2935-Three-Staved-Teak-Trays-Jens-Quistgaard-Dansk
Sur La Table
Crate And Barrel
http://www.moblerhome.com/General/Tableware/2572-Rosewood-Ice-Bucket-Jens-Quistgaard-Dansk

Sheep Chic

Photo: Björn Wallander

Over the years of reading shelter magazines, blogs, and visiting beautiful houses, I noticed that there are fuzzy sheep sculptures present in many of the well appointment rooms.

It was high time I found out what those chic sheep were all about. These highly valued decorative art sculptures are sold at auction upwards of the high six figures and they have inspired copies at various prices.

“..known as the Moutons de Laine, François-Xavier’s celebrated sheep sculptures were first presented with the title Pour Polytheme, a reference to a passage in Homer’s Odyssey. It describes how Ulysses and his comrades blind the cyclops Polyphemus, and escape from his cave by clinging to the bellies of his giant sheep.”-Christies.com

Bronze Sheep Sculpture With Natural Wool After Lalanne
$8,700
A rare black sheep by Francois-Xavier LaLanne set auction record for a single “MOUTON DE LAINE” AT $735,000. Sotheby’s.com
Gianluca Vacchi/photo: Kris Tamburell WSJ.com
Photo: Björn Wallander
Can my grown childrens’ former toy horse serve as a stand in for a Lalanne?