Monday, January 03, 2011


there's a really wonderful concept in danish - brugskunst - usable art. it includes all kinds of everyday items - bowls, glassware, vases, silverware and the like. largely kitchen items. ceramics, glass or wood - all well-designed, functional, but also beautiful. and i think it's a marvelous idea - why shouldn't our everyday be filled with beauty? because that's where life actually happens, in the little things you do every day. whether you're stirring up eggs for an omelet or putting sugar in your tea, it should be an aesthetic experience.

danish modern glassware
spotted at the blue market in haslev
spotted at the blue market in haslev
spotted at the blue market in haslev
122:365 using the silver
the teapot and sugar bowl in our kitchen

i mentioned that i was going to back my new quilt top with fleece because it makes for a more cuddly blanket to cuddle up in while watching t.v. it makes it more usable - in the same spirit as the danish concept of brugskunst. functional beauty. but also in the spirit of using what i've got and what i had was fleece. i'll show you the result tomorrow when the light's better.

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enjoyed this (if you've read the stieg larsson millennium trilogy but don't really know why, you will too).


celkalee said...

I believe one should use everything, the beautiful dishes, serving pieces, antique lace, precious quilts. The concept you describe is how I have always lived. Any artful piece is enhanced by use. Your photos remind me of how much I like items displayed in rows, a symmetry of purpose, a delight to the eye. Now, off to have that lovely cup of tea that I started to make 6 hours ago. BTW, tea pot is antique Scottish heritage, cup is gift from Mum, about 30 years old. Tea always tastes better in that cup!

mrs mediocrity said...

love this, totally agree with this idea. my house is tiny, there is nothing here that doesn't get used. i have to love something a lot to bring it home, because that means something else has to leave.
can't wait to see the quilt!

Kate said...

I found you from Long Hollow. I love your site. I’m going to poke around a little bit, but don’t worry I’ll put everything back where I found it!!

The Queens Table said...

I have always felt that everything should be designed functional as well as beautiful. There is a whole-lot-of-ugly out there! Very happy to see more beauty and good design!

Karen said...

your photos are terrific - love the colors -

et lille oejeblik - a little moment said...

mmm, that market looks quite wonderful. are they better over there in the dark parts of denmark? your quilt is wonderful. the fleece back is a good idea. happy new year :)