Posted 4 years ago
Yesterday I was able to buy a piece of Arabia, Paratiisi here in Sydney. Very happy old bloke was I !!!
This is the black version on an oval box.
"In 1970 Arabia introduced the BK service with Paratiisi (Paradise) decoration, which was created by Arabia's artist Professor Birger Kaipiainen (1915-1988). The bowls and dishes in the original service was oval, following the style of his wall plates. BK service was in production only four years, until 1974. In 1987 Arabia took Paratiisi service back in production, only the shape of the dinner plate was changed from oval to round, and the material, originally hard earthenware, was re-issued in higher-fired stoneware. Paratiisi is Arabia's best loved pattern of all time."
It's a design from 1969 by Professor Birger Kaipiainen (1915-88) who was one of Finland’s best-known ceramic artists.
"He spent most of his 50-year career creating unique art ceramics in Arabia’s art department. Kaipiainen’s colour-saturated, lush yet refined art inspired his contemporaries to call him "the prince of ceramics" and "the king of decorators". Kaipiainen received the honorary title of Professor in 1977." (http://www.arabia.fi/en/Tableware/Paratiisi)
Arabia, Paratiisi, Rasia, pieni.