blue glass bottles mid century cobalt italian empoli

One year ago I opened my little shop in Newport Beach.

When I unpacked my nicest brightest treasures onto the white Ekby Jarpen shelves [the affordable Ikea version of String Shelving] and there was SO much glassware it surprised me to realise I was a such a bowerbird.

Actually, FYI, not a true bowerbird,  as the crazy glass-and bright- object-collecting-bird is in fact, the male. They spend hours decorating their bachelor pad to pull a bird.

Then you’re trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you…

Chuck Palahniuk [I'm re-reading Fight Club]

cut glass bowl empoli italian jug orange copy

So, yeah, where was I? I opened the shop… To deliver myself from Swedish furniture and clever art. To let it go and to share the love.

Holmegaard green glass candlestick vases mid century Royal Copenhagen copy 2Lots of glass. It’s kind of a thing. Light and light catching and lovely to look at, the amazing shapes it can form, the reflections it creates, it’s numerous uses… And its made from sand. Incredible really.

Over the last year I’ve learned a thing or two. About the pontil mark on the base [how you tell it if it's hand blown as opposed to coming from a mould] and casings [the white coating inside which makes it more opaque] and some of my favourite makers:

Danish Holmegaard [pronounced Hull-meh-gore] and American Blenko [not much here in Australia that I've seen] Iitala from Finland and  Italian Murano [sometimes a bit fussy].

MURANO 3 FINGER VASE_mauve

I’m no expert though, clearly.
Having only just discovered Italian Empoli glass and realised a lilac genie bottle I sold earlier in the year was probably worth double the price.

genie bottle collections copy

Anyway whatever..  sometimes it’s hard to know without stickers or makers marks, though the quality usually is obvious…so like the excited little bowerbird, I just pick up what I like. Not to attract a mate [in fact it was having the opposite effect, all that stuff taking over his garage] but because it’s purty. And to quote John Keats and the movie version of Willy Wonka

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

 

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Gayware. Truly. It’s a thing. Or was. And of course still is.

Made in Sydney by Gay Plastics from 1950-1965.
The harlequin [multicoloured] set of kitchen canisters are the most sought after and can pull big money. Sometimes selling on Ebay for $200-300.

This is my collection of mixed up wannabes. Picked up in various places at different times, finally coming together after a yard sale score on Saturday.

Only the blue one is true Gayware. The rest are old fakers [unbranded vintage knock offs, check their bottoms]. Though they look pretty real. And pretty damn good. Except for the F lid. It’s a bit cracked up. Aren’t we all…

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old 1950s_gayware_adNot for sale, hire only.

crystal apple dealer plates copy

Do you like apples?
I do. I’m using one right now. Been a user since 1991. And a re-user since December last year.

Not quite so retro cool as the pineapple [me so fruity right now] but still a great vintage icon.

 

 

vintage apple icon Susan Kare

Speaking of vintage icons, does this one jog your memory?
All 8 meg of it…
iRemember this one by Susan Kare. Creator of the happy Mac, the sad Mac, the trash can and other icons from the original Macintosh pre 1994. She is now selling them as limited edition prints.

Here’s my latest and greatest secondhand apple product.

Daydream vintage blue anodised icebucket

My Day Dream has come true…
and it could be yours…

click to buy this iconic apple
A Daydream Production: anodised aluminium ice bucket.
Made in Australia, circa 1960

So how do you like them apples?


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Casey Affleck = wicked cute

orange citrus lemon salt and pepper shakers copy

Eat citrus fruit.
It tastes sweet. It has a lot of fibre, and once it gets to your stomach it knows what to do.

The great man of zest, Mel Brooks getting randomly citrus during the closing credits of his PBS portrait. If you’re a fan, here’s a taste.
Mel Brooks: Make A Noise

and if this appeals…[geddit?]
buy vintage ceramic orange juicer here  

lemon and lime Pyrex plates shakers copy

Lemon, lime & pepper shakers by Westland [non-vintage]

Pyrex spotty tumbler [also in yellow]
ceramic lemon spreader available at Urban Rustic Newport

Sicilian Lemon dish souvenir not for sale

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orange retro whisk glass and murano fruit copy
I love orange…
The colour. And the fruit.

Orange is the colour of adventure and social communication, according to colour psychology. It is optimistic, uplifting and spirit rejuvenating. Apparently so much so that we should find ways to use it everyday, even if it is just an orange coloured pen or a kooky kitchen whisky thingy.

Read more here if you want to empower yourself with color psychology

orange pyrex bowl and whisk

Orange is the most controversial of colours. Many consider it to be the gauche legacy of the freewheeling ’70s. But what an unfair reputation that decade has! To me, the ’70s were when the counterculture became the popular culture — and when adults finally felt liberated to embrace immaturity. You could be young again without having to be innocent! Orange shouted out to the world that you didn’t take things too seriously: that you weren’t old and crusty, that you were not your parents, and that you didn’t have a living room full of plastic-covered furniture. Rather, your furniture was made of plastic — and it was probably designed by Verner Panton.

Jonathan Adler 
Happy Chic: Colors

orange swift whip and miracle bowls

And this is just a taste, a small mix of my orange collection.
So so much more to come… it’s a Work In Progress. If you’re an orange fan, please watch this space.

In the meantime you can try some Candy. John Candy.

Orange whip? Orange whip?

So what is an Orange Whip?

It’s a cocktail made with rum and vodka mixed with cream and orange juice. Blended and frothy and poured over ice in a tall glass. Mmm….

And a 1950’s non alcoholic beverage made famous in this seemingly random quirky scene from the Blues Brothers which was actually ad libbed as a favour to the Sales Director of the Orange Whip Corporation which had supplied drinks on the film set.

orange whip and retro glasses juice carafe copy

Anyway, for now that’s it…
Cheers

 

smoking bottles lineup
No need to be outcasts,
4 x smokey jugs
shunned at social functions…
3 x smokey jugs
These old smokers look pretty damn hot especially with white basics.
3 x smoked glass jugs carafe
Sultry and sophisticated and still happening. In a good way.
smoked bottle and glasses tumblers
Smoking Santa, not so much…
crazy-old-cigarette-ads

3 smoked glass recycled candles coconut urban rustic copy

And then there’s these guys. Totally smokin. But they smell fantastic.
Soy candles in Coconut Cream. Locally made. Hand poured.
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Vintage smoked glass jugs, bottles and candles all available through Urban Rustic Newport or
contact info@urbanrustic.com.au for you know, more info

enjoy

Odd fish salt and pepper shakers

after years of dining solo…
Proof it’s never too late to find your sole mate.

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BUY or BROWSE urban rustic.com

Is it an incurable addiction to collecting vintage kitchen implements?

ORANGE retro utensils skyline vintage enamelyellow skyline utensils strainer retromass utensilitus Blue Skyline enamel etc copy

OR

oversized and engorged utensils of a certain age?

oversized novelty seventies teak fork and spoon copy

Whatever the answer, this strange bug is not to be confused with another designer affliction uncommonly known as stencilitis
of which I also exhibit classic symptoms.

I may not recover but I have the tools to cope.

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so whats the use?

retro japanes cruet set

Most people don’t even know what I am…

I used to be useful, a flat-bottomed spout-stoppered vessel to hold liquid condiments such as olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I am not, as some think, a salt and pepper set, though sometimes they do hang round.

Amber glass and wood japan retro cruet set copy

now

it’s history

Derived from the french word crue meaning ‘earthen pot’
First culinary use in the late 17th century.

This age, not so much…

red wood and cerami japan olive oil and vinegar cruet copy

Before you top your self or end up in a dumpster consider your options:

a] A quieter, decorative life on the shelf

Hornsea moroccan tiles salt and pepper copy

b] If single reinvent yourself as a small vase or objet d’art

orange spot italian cruet set milkglass coffee canister copy

or

c] Perk yourself up and get back to work. You are still in great shape.
Someone will want  you.

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3 cool cats retro seventies siamese cats copy 2This tall super hip cat wasn’t lonely for long. I picked him up in the country. At  the Gresford Billy Cart Derby as a matter of fact. Quite racey indeed.

But he quickly moved on to a new home and left the lovely ladies behind. These [dare I say it?] pussies are a bit too far gone to be resold, bearing numerous chips and bust up scars. They’ve lived hard and been well loved. The spicy stories they could tell…

retro cat shakers detail copy

My husband questioned why I had bothered with cheap damaged goods but when am I ever going to find another purfect [sorry] circa 1950s pair? Possibly never. I love them faults and all.

And so does my little girl. These still cool cats take up their next life, possibly the 9th on her window shelf with another vintage cutie I accidentally decapitated. Kitty got Kragled [AKA Superglued] and voila, gets another chance.

three vintage retro cats on the shelf

They look like angels from up above…
Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller 1958, Three Cool Cats

 

It may not be however, considering my noisy feisty messy six year old’s bedroom, as quiet as the Pooch’s retirement in my office. God help them…

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