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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

 

Decor plastic servers Japanese tray

Sadly not 1956 iconic Danish designed Herbert Krenchel Krenit salad servers. They’re 1970s Decor plastic made in Australia. Replica but vintage.

So what’s vintage? 20+ years is the general consensus. Being old isn’t enough to make something valuable, but it does help. Observe the Zoo Line Kay Bojensen ‘inspired’ AKA knock-off teak monkeys circa 1950s, now selling for almost the same price.

I doubt these cute orange plastiques will ever appreciate that much in value but until I feel comfortable paying in the vicinity of $75 for a pair of the original salad servers [which is probably never] I do appreciate their useful good looks.
I’m quite fond of old Decor, [but not as much as this guy] and the deceptively cool, genuinely retro faux bois [fake wood] Japanese tray.

Fake it til you make it? What do you think of replicas?

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And to finish…for your viewing pleasure comes more classic faking. Enjoy xx

Seinfeld: The Mango 1993, Season 5, Ep 1

 

I won’t ask about that one…

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crystal apple dealer plates copy

I like apples. I’m using one right now. Been a user since 1991.

murano red glass apple sold fruit sticker

Not quite so retro cool as the pineapple 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 a bunch of my [not so] latest apple products.

apple dealer bunch of apples

So why are apples Christmasy? Not because they are red and green, as I assumed.  [Not a fan of that colour combo much, too frog in a blender for my tastes.]
Anyway the tradition of decorating Christmas trees with apples has German and ancient Roman roots. The Paradise tree, an evergreen, was decorated with apples as a symbol of the feast of Adam and Eve held on December 24th during the middle ages.  So know you know…

white china silver bell brass apple apples 2 copy

An apple for the teacher? The brass and silver pieces are actually bells so they’re Christmasy, decorative, functional and have a much longer shelf life. Love them.

For a touch of Hollywood [Regency], the brassy Christina Applebell available here

scoops red apple perspex brooch pin

Also love these cute perspex brooches made by my designer friend Scoops. Obviously another apple fan and user. I have some of these for sale in red and green varieties. V. sweet.

new york button pin vintage avon apple

No Grand Mecca of retro Big Apples which would be the anodised apple shaped ice bucket.

tiny sad mac icon

They sell for crazy money. For now this will do.

anodised apple ring handmade knitted apple decoration copy

So how do you like them apples?


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Casey Affleck = wicked cute

vintage avocado green retro flower pyrex

My entire collection of 1970s avocado green Pyrex in Crazy Daisy and Spring Blossom [the smaller flower print with leaves] for sale $125 plus postage. Out they go…

to make room for these: welcome Holmegaard…

Holmegaard green glass candlestick vases mid century Royal Copenhagen buy

Candle or vase? You flip. Double the functionality, three times the quality from the brilliant Danish legends in Royal Copenhagen Crystal.

Holmegaard Crystal vases candleholders

And more on the holm front: Cathrineholm that is.  Assume the Lotus position people, and hold onto it? Or let it go?

Cathrineholm Enamel Tea Kettle Lotus green white Norway

My first piece. Can you keep a secret? I managed to buy this on Ebay listed as vintage mid-century Danish [actually it’s Norwegian] kettle. Woot. I feel kind of bad. Should I have told her it was Cathrineholm? I didn’t get it for ridic cheap, there’s plenty of cluey ebayers out there, but I did get it for half the price, or a quarter depending where you look.

So do I keep it and start a collection I can’t afford to have [the quality and thickness of the enamel is outstanding, I do see why they are sought after] or send it off to a happy new home with a few bucks extra in my pocket?

More green, with envy this time, when a few days later a lovely lady visiting my shop told me she picked up an orange Lotus bowl for $4 at our local Red Cross. [RRP between  $140 – $200] Not quite the holy grail of collecting, like buying a box of $200 million Ansel Adams negatives at a garage sale for $45  but an awesome score all the same. She said she had heart palpitations. Me too, I couldn’t concentrate for about half an hour after hearing that story. Damn I wish it had been me…

So I think I might let the kettle go, I love being green, but its orange and blue and yellow that I’m digging the most.

What’s your best roadside/ garage sale, market score? I love these stories. Seems they are a bit thin on the ground now even the sweet old ladies at Salvos get on Ebay before pricing a piece of plastic.

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