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    Posted 10 years ago

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    One Carmen, one Tulppani. I am not the first one to present them here. Austrohungaro's picture is so beautiful:

    The third picture shows how transparent they are. I love Carmen!

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 years ago
      The third shot is really nice! Clever!
    2. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 10 years ago
      I also love Carmen! LOL As soon as I start purchasing glass again I should get at least one of the pieces in this series - but i know it will be hard to get just one LOL

      Well, in fact I love all of Aladin's red vases... I always find it funny how most of Aladin's stuff can be found in red glass whereas red is such a scarce colour in Nanny Still production, and she was one of the two or three star designers at Riihimäki...

      hey, great pics!
    3. cobaltcobold cobaltcobold, 10 years ago
      @austrohungaro, I know. Red glass is more expensive than other colors. But perhaps Nanny Still din't like red? But how is it possible not to like red? @BELLIN68, thanks for link and love!
    4. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 10 years ago
      Maybe she didn't... I've just got a few red ones from her... a Raillo vase (I think this is a very rare one, even if she designed a red stopper for the clear Raillo bottle), a Tiimalasi, the red Pajazzo, the Majakka and Apollo lamp/candleholder and the inside of the stem at the Perpetum Mobile bowl... and i think only in these four she used red in purpose... apart from these I just know some red Pompadour and Koristepullo. Now that I think of it, also Per Lütken seemed not to like red LOL

      It's also true that Tamara Aladin worked a lot for export series and probably Riihimäki thought red would sell better abroad.

      Another reasson could be just an economic one, and it's that there was not enough money to make red glass... let's not forget Finland suffered a lot economically from having to pay a huge amount of money to the USSR as war compensation as they were allied to Germany in WWII... All the red NS ones i've got are from the 60s onwards... Funny that Sarpaneva and Wirkkala made no red glass for Iittala either, although Kaj Franck and Saara Hopea had made red glass for Nuutajärvi Notsjö in the 50s (Kartio jugs and glasses as well as Pinottava and Maari glasses from Hopea).
    5. cobaltcobold cobaltcobold, 10 years ago
      @austrohungaro. These are really useful explanations! Until today the red glass Items at Iittala's are three times more expensive than many other colors. The red Kivi candle holder costs 34,95 euros, blue ones cost 11,95 euros or less.
    6. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 10 years ago
      I know! Red glass requires gold to be made, so that's why it's more expensive. But I also think that "red=higher price" policy of Iittala has much to do with marketing. I guess they want to make certains items more desirable because of being more expensive...

      [Only 34'95€??? The price they ask for the red one here is 49! It's amazing how these things are so ridiculously expensive in Spain when our salaries are so much lower! So sad.... whenever something's imported or antique prices go up this stupid way]
    7. cobaltcobold cobaltcobold, 10 years ago
      That's the secret of modern Luxury: Make it expensive so that it will be desired. It's the politics of Apple, German car factories, LVMH.
    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 years ago
      Sarpaneva did do a red version of the Pinottava Pullo. Not that I have one ..... I've been searching for them for thirty years. There are three pictured on page 103 of Eileene Harrison Beer's book Scandinavian Design. The picture has one 'lila', three 'punainen' and the rest (maybe fifteen) are all clear.
      The other thing I had a look at was a search on google images using "Tamara Aladin red" and compared it with "Tamara Aladin punainen". You get different results.
      Tried the same with Nanny, Kay and Timo. It's not that they did not "like" red, I think. Nanny Still's Colorina cutlery is a case in point. I did see one Tapio red "pullo" too. Rare.

    9. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 10 years ago
      You're right vet. there's also a few rare Finlandia vases by Sarpaneva in red but, doesn't it confirm the rarity of its use? I have just seen the red Wirkkala you mention... amazing!
    10. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 10 years ago
      nice objects the red nicely fits the shape. like the way how you showed how transparent they are.
      also in the netherlands they had trouble making red for instance the graniver cactus pot by ad copier in real red is 3 to 4 times more expensive then the blue or the yellow one. It was very dificult to make
    11. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 10 years ago
      and perhaps red also became a more fashionable color in the 60's and 70, with brighter colors my parents had orange chairs purple curtains yellow sunflower wall paper and purple and red lighting.
    12. cobaltcobold cobaltcobold, 10 years ago
      @vlkma238412. That's true. I am old enough for having been young in this era, and I remember the bold color combinations of this optimistic period: orange/green, yellow/violet, Orange/brown.
    13. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 10 years ago
      That was a colourful childhood!!! LOL I am afraid my parents were a bit more conservative than that.
    14. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 10 years ago
      when me parents were 12.5 years married i gave them two purple lamps it were 2 purple sperhes on a metal stand with a purple base, when my siser moved out 20 years later she took it and painted everything that was purple black. when a couple of years ago I asked what happened to that lamp my sister said she had it in the atic . I said i want it and so know i have it. The circle is round
    15. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 10 years ago
      @vlkma: That's a great story! I hope you could remove the black painting.

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