!!Cuban Fantasy!!

Midwinter Modern ‘Cuban Fantasy’ plate
made in England 1957

Cuban Fantasy! the name given to this fantastic 50s ‘atomic’ design plate says it all.

The plate was designed by Midwinter’s in-house designer, Jessie Tait [b. 1928]- who also designed ‘Cannes’, ‘Bali Hai’, ‘Tonga’ and ‘Patio Hollywood’. Clearly she had a taste for the exotic!

The divided plate has a “permanent underglaze colour, acid resistant, hand engraving” as it attests on the backstamp.  The Cuban Fantasy pattern also came in a vase, cup & saucer set, condiment jar, and a cake plate.

Midwinter pottery is having a renaissance at the moment – collectors are going mad for it. I’ve seen this plate on Ebay for $75. For you, dear reader, the plate [which is in excellent vintage condition] is :$AU55

I’ve teamed the Cuban Fantasy with a Debonair camera from the same period- as are the Observer books. The camera and books are available for sale also on the blog.

MCM lamp

mid-century modern table lampMid-century modern table lamp
made in Australia, c. 1950s

I love this timber-reeded light. Particularly its asymmetric cylinder shape [there isn’t a name for that shape- I looked.] I also can’t ascertain who made this lamp- all I know is its Australian made as it’s wired for Australian conditions. It takes a maximum 40watt lamp, and the timber reeding looks to be hand-produced.

The lamp has been checked by an electrician who has certified it’s good to go. And the rest of the lamp is in excellent condition also. This lamp would look fantastic on a mid-century modern sideboard – I’m thinking Parker furniture. The map on the wall behind the lamp in the image is also from the 50s; and it’s also available [see post below.

The MCM lamp is for sale: $AUD145

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Mid century modern

Mid century modern teak barMid Century Modern
Teak bar, made in Australia c. 1954

A new addition to our home. A teak bar, made by persons unknown – but with what finesse! The cut-out shelves, the floating glass top, the tapered and mirrored top and bottom legs. All totally MCM.

For the moment we have the bar facing the wrong way- in order to utilise the shelves for parts of our collection – plus a few modern requirements [phone & modem.] The plan is to re-arrange furniture so we can serve drinks – martinis of course- from the bar in the not too distant future. And answer calls and surf the net- best of both worlds!

Mid-century modern table lamp

mid-century modern table lampMid-century modern table lamp
made in Australia, c. 1950s

I love this timber-reeded light. Particularly its asymmetric cylinder shape [there isn’t a name for that shape- I looked.] I also can’t ascertain who made this lamp- all I know is it’s Australian made as it’s wired for Australian conditions. It takes a maximum 40watt lamp, and the timber reeding looks to be hand-produced. The metal legs give it that 50s spaceship vibe; this lamp is just made to grace the top of a mid-century sideboard!

The lamp has been checked by an electrician who has certified it’s good to go.

For sale: $AUD145

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Mid-century modern table lamp

mid-century modern table lampMid-century modern table lamp
made in Australia, c. 1950s

I love this timber-reeded light. Particularly its asymmetric cylinder shape [there isn’t a name for that shape- I looked.] I also can’t ascertain who made this lamp- all I know is it’s Australian made as it’s wired for Australian conditions. It takes a maximum 40watt lamp, and the timber reeding looks to be hand-produced.

The lamp has been checked by an electrician who has certified it’s good to go. And the rest of the lamp is in excellent condition also. Perfect for a Parker furniture sideboard!

For sale: $AUD145

Buy Now