Saturday, July 25, 2015

Stainless Steel and Sidekicks

I seem to have found a lot of steel this week and this stainless 18-8 Cordova creamer set from 1969 reflects the well designed, timeless look of mid-century modern decor. Out of the local school districts thrift shop (yep - the parents foundation generates funding for classes, field trips, etc with a shop!) I found a wonderful example of midcentury stainless steel sugar, cream and plate set for $1 a piece. The spoons were a set of 6 for $.50 at goodwill and the black tray, well the black tray has its own story...
Cordova 18-8 Stainless Steel Sugar Bowl, Creamer and Tray
The super cool midcentury tray made in Monterey California by another husband/wife midcentury design team, Guthrie Courviosier and Moira Wallace who hired local artisans during the 50's and 60's to create unique designs from re-use/re-purposed items - brass bits, springs, screws, glitter all found their way into many Couroc Tray designs.
Couroc Cheese Tray
I found this one at the Marin goodwill - $2.48 and the image is made of flattened brass wire coil, a sliver of driftwood and brass letters!

David Douglas was a prolific designer of sleek, cool, mid-century styled kitchenware and dinnerware. Responsible for numerous carafes, bread trays, butter dishes, and even a “lighted beverage glass,” which he patented in 1975 there is very little known about the man other than his name appearing on the bottom of many kitchen products. Though his work in the 1960's is phenomenal it is his Genie server carafe that commands the most attention. Regardless, I was smitten by this glass with gold trim coffee carafe from the 1960's - one of the few I've seen with a cone shape.

David Douglas Carafe ca. 1962
When I saw this sitting on the shelf at Goodwill with top intact I picked it up without going through the usual 3 questions - Do I NEED this? What will it replace? Can I live without it? The $.99 price tag eliminated any thought of waiting until 50% tag color day!

Museum of American Glass in West Virginia
Modernism From the Heartland

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