Zell Schmider vase no. 3589, form and decor by Anneliese Beckh, West Germany circa 1956

This small but perfectly formed Zell Schmider vase may mark a turning point in my collecting.  With its beautiful abstract Cubist /Picasso / Corbusier inspired decor, very much in the Mid-century Modern style, interlocking circles with blocks of primary colour on a simple elegant form.

It encapsulates and references the modern design ethos of the era all in just 10cm !  Unlike the later larger ‘Fat Lava’ floor vases (of which I have quite a few) this could happily sit on a bookshelf or mantelpiece, a subtle nod to great 1950’s design.  This will inspire me to seek out other similar pieces that display classic style on a miniature scale.

Cenedese, Murano Sommerso organic glass vase in red and yellow, designed by Antonio Da Ros, Venice, Italy circa 1960’s

This Cenedese single stem vase, encapsulates everything great about Murano art glass.  The beautiful organic shape with its contrasting sharp angled rim marks a clear break from tradition, embracing the space age futuristic styles of the 1960s.  The handmade blown glass is skillfully and amazingly layered using the Sommerso (submerged) technique, creating encased coloured capsules that need no other adornment.  It catches and refracts the light beautifully and becomes a sculptural piece of art in its own right.

Danish / Scandinavian Leather and Rosewood swivel lounge chair, circa 1960’s

Something a little different, and bigger than the usual offerings.  This lovely Danish style Rosewood stained bent ply and leather swivel lounge chair.  No makers mark, but ticks all the classic Scandinavian design boxes, and would make a great addition to any Mid-Century Modern through to minimal contemporary interior.  Available in my Ebay listings!