January is a particularly good time for thrift store shopping. It's the combination of year-end charitable contributions and unwanted Christmas present donations. John and I went to 12 thrift stores on Saturday. On our way to dinner that night, on a whim, we stopped into one more. It was there I found a 23 piece set of Gustavsberg plates, cups and saucers in Stig Lindberg's Prunus pattern.
I can't quite remember how I first discovered Stig Lindberg, but I know I fell in love instantly. The same way I have fallen for Kaj Franck, Esteri Tomula, Antti Nurmesniemi, Grete Prytz Kittelsen, and various other Scandinavian designers who created fanciful, straightforward, colorful, tableware sometime between 1948 and 1984.
Stig Lindberg (1916-1982) was one of Sweden's most popular designers, and most Swedes still have Gustavsberg tableware designed by him. Arbor, Terma, and Bersa were some of the most popular. But Lindberg did many other things in art and design-everything from fajanser for Gustavsberg, televisions for Luma to children's illustrations of Krakel spectacle. For the general public, however, Lindberg is best known for what he did during the Swedish art industry's heyday. Particularly in the 1950s and 1960's Lindberg was one of the most prominent designers of the Swedish welfare state. Even today, his successful design and even the simple pieces are rising rapidly in price. - Google Translation from the Gustavsberg site.
His most popular pattern is Bersa (top right).
Here's the Tv he designed:
Take a look at these images and then tell me if you think Jonathan Adler was inspired by his work...