Posted 3 years ago
Marimekko produces cocktail paper napkins with a design by Finland's most famous textile designer Maija Isola. Inexpensive? No, not really and probably not a green item either; but the Salvos had a pack that they were using for display purposes and I got the rest of them. The pattern is called Unikko Red.
They sit within an object that will not be to everyone's taste either: an Alessi Giratondo Envelope Holder by King-Kong.
So I've used it as a napkin holder rather than a desk item!
King-Kong are the design team of Stefano Giovannoni and Guido Venturini who have a very tongue-in-cheek series called "Giratondo" or "Ring a Ring o' Roses" / "Ring Around the Rosie". "Behind their design was "the express desire to skip outside the lessons of the masters of design and find out how, in a completely different way, an object could communicate with and represent the now world of commodities and consumption that came to characterize the 1990s"." (Alessi)
Created in the 1960’s, the charming Unikko poppy print is always in high demand. Now hailed as Marimekko's most famous and successful designers, Finnish native Maija Isola created the Unikko (or poppy) design in 1964, just prior to the Flower Power emergence of the 1970's. A true trendsetter, Isola's Unikko print merged colorful two-dimensional art and large scale images to create this bold and quirky graphic print. She had always enjoyed working with flowers and other inspirations from nature but this was one of the first patterns where she explored pop art. Making the size of the poppies so exaggerated an enormous took her image from illustrative to graphic, a design element which was a catalyst for modern design of the 70’s." (www.finnstyle.com)
The MORE is a 1960s Wedgwood 'Sandringham' Blue Glass Candleholder by Ronald Stennett-Willson and a cup and saucer from my orange Thomas of Germany dinner set.