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Posted 5 years ago


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Aarikka is a house-hold name in Finland. It has been around since 1954 when Kaija Aarikka began making buttons and wooden products as a home business. It was these wooden objects and the quality of their finish that established her reputation.
When I first saw this little cruet I was taken with the simplicity of the design but also by the sculptural qualities of the little set. I actually use it and am reminded of the wooden toy building blocks of my childhood. But there is a touch of Memphis about it as well! I've seen some other versions of this set with painted salt and peppers.
The sphere is a recurring theme in Aarikka designs. Over the last fifty-odd years Kaija has moved into other areas of the applied arts. Some of her silver jewellery has added polished wooden spheres. There is a bowl by Karhula called "Aarika" that is on the 'wish list'.
And at Christmas there are the Christmas elves:
Check this out! It's really short but delightful!

There have been commissions by leading name in Finnish design:
Aino Favén, Jorma Vennola, Jukka Rintala, Tuula Falck, Markku Salo, Paola Suhonen, Anna Ruohonen, Anu Leinonen, Kalle Kuusela, Elina Helenius, Kaisli Kiuru, Anneli Aaltonen and Eero Sairanen.

And then there are the candlesticks ..........


  1. AmberRose AmberRose, 5 years ago
    Beauty and function, amazing!
    How was dinner with your Mum?
    Hit a few thrifts today, hot to find treasure but no luck.
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks to the three of you: Sean, Manikin and Amber!
    The lunch was postponed at the last moment.
    She has come down with the flu.
    Change of seasons!

    I went out this morning and did my usuals and only got some treen.
    Little Tasmanian pine turned apples and a banana!
    It will find you in the long run.
    Keep well all of you!
  3. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 5 years ago
    Aarikka has always got excellent design. I saw a wondeful candle-holder last week in red... amazing!

    Vet, I cannot believe how much wonderful stuff you've got!
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks austro and scandinamy too!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks mustangtony!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks cobaltcobold!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Thanks Sean, i just love them!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks toracat!
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    many thanks kelkat!
    Thought I'd add this too!
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Thanks SEAN!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT !!!!!
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks SKLO42 !!!!!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks AUSTRO !!!!!
  14. SEAN68 SEAN68, 2 years ago
    someday I would love to find this set and the buttons would be cool to see .
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Thanks SEAN !!!!
  16. SEAN68 SEAN68, 2 years ago
    Your very welcome Kevin!!!

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