Midweek Modness: Whitehead and Dansk
On Monday I struck out to the Value Village where I found not one but two amazing discoveries. First, I came across an eight-piece Vivianna Torun Bulow-Hube for Dansk table ware setting. I don’t always cruise the silverware section but I had a memory of a time that I came across some Georg Jensen and I thought I’d try my luck again. Torun Bulow-Hube designed for Jensen as well, so I was close. She is also one of my favourite all-time designers!
I also found myself in the linen section when a pair of mid-century curtain panels caught my eye. We need new curtains in our bedroom (we currently have a mis-matched set), so I gave them a wee examination. At first I noticed that they were signed David Whitehead, which I recognized as an influential English textile manufacturer. Then I saw that the design (“Denston”) was by John Piper, who was one of the most influential English abstract artists of the 20th century.
So in one fell swoop, I acquired some rather important pieces of mid-century housewares. The flatware is missing one knife, but there is an extra fork. The fabric looks flawless. The next question is keep or sell? After spending almost eight months of downsizing, I am trying to keep only things that will be used on a daily basis. Is the fabric too precious to use as drapes? And I am trying to adhere to a strict, one in/one out policy, so what goes out in their place?
So the solution is to put them in the Etsy shop for a few months. If they sell, they were meant for a better place. If they don;t, then maybe I was meant to keep them!