Above: Some of the ‘Lotus’ series enamelware designed by Grete Prytz Kittelsen for Cathrineholm of Norway. Photo: ampersandvintagemodern.wordpress.com
Perhaps one of the most recognizable pieces of MCM design is the ‘Lotus’ series enamelware produced by Cathrineholm of Norway from the 1950’s through to the 1970’s. Designed by enamel artist and goldsmith Grete Prytz Kittelsen the bright and cheerful pieces were a staple in homes across Europe and America.
Catherineholm's Lotus enamelware. Click on image for full view.6532 false true true false true true false auto false ease-in-out 300 auto false 0 true true
Inspired by Native American art Kittelsen combined simple, plain colors with elemental shapes with the result being colorful, durable, and practical pieces. Interestingly the ‘Lotus’ graphic was not designed by Kittelsen but rather by Arne Clausen, an in-house designer at Cathrineholm, and applied to kittelsen’s pieces. It was reported that she was never fond of the design. At any rate they are wonderful works and an affordable, popular collectible today.
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