Beady eyed bird looking for collectables and design stuff
I’m lucky enough to have parents who own a house in the most gorgeous part of the world, Cornwall. I lived there for three years when I was a student and truly, the quality of the independent shops there is something to be marvelled at; though it is becoming more and more gentrified in some parts, places like Lostwithiel remain out of sight enough that they are quiet little haven’s in amongst the tourist rush.
Every time we go we make a point to visit the antiques shops in Lostwithiel, and my personal favourite Nanna Dobbie.
We cant be alone as the first time we visited we ran into the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles’ other half, Camilla. On that particular trip we came away with a pair of g-plan side tables for around £70 which was a complete and utter bargain!
Nanna Dobbie is full of quirky antiques and collectables including 60s and 70s furniture, music posters, and brightly coloured nicknacks, they also have a store in north London, which I’m yet to visit – but it’s on my list!
The following pictures were taken on my last trip back in December 2011:
This huge blue glass vase really took my imagination, it was stunning and would look amazing – bringing a proper 70s Lavalamp style to a room. Unfortunately at £150 this was way out of my price range but am still lusting after it…
This Royal Copenhagen dish had an amazingly vibrant Scandinavian design on it which would be so cool at any party or just sat on the side collecting dust. Again, £50 made it slightly out of my price range.
I did come away, however with this lovely Stavangerflint, Norway dish. With it’s yellow and blue petal motif it screams Scandinavian design at me, and we had no choice but to take this one home.
It’s not particularly old, the back says 2008, but it’s so unusual that I know it will be something that we treasure for a long time. I take it back! It is a 1950s design like I’d initially thought. It’s supposedly designed by an Inger Waage, so now you know!
With this I’ve also realised that I have quite an unusual penchant for yellow ceramics, I also have a great 1950’s wind up clock (more of which later) and an amazing heavyweight mixing bowl which are similar colours. Perhaps I should write a post devoted to yellow ceramics?