Arabia ‘Kosmos’ espresso cups
made in Finland, 1962-1976
Arabia is so collectable at the moment! These are ‘Kosmos’ espresso cups & saucers, designed by Gunvor Olin Gronqvist [or GOG as noted on the backstamp!] in the early 60s.
Kosmos came in brown, blue, and olive [as with this set.] The cups are marked ‘66’ and the saucers ‘69’, which are the catologue numbers rather than the date. It’s interesting to note that Kosmos was the first ceramic set to introduce espresso cups – previously only coffee and tea cups were produced. Perhaps there was something in 1962 that influenced Finnish people to embrace the espresso?
The espresso cups and saucers and in great vintage condition, and ready for use. They are for sale: $AU55/pair.
Arabia Ruska casserole dish and Arabia Ruija coffee mugs, made in Finland 1970s
Arabia is uber collectable right now. Here we have a large Arabia Ruska [= ‘autumn colours’] casserole dish and two Ruija [=’Finnmark’] coffee cups. Both in excellent 70s brown.
In the 70s every design studio was rebelling against the pastel/chrome/psychedelic colours of the 50s and 60s. The 70s was all about form, integrity, simplicity, and honesty. And brown. Brown featured a lot. Brown was both the colour of most base materials [think clay, timber, brick] and the basic tertiary colour that didn’t draw attention to itself. It was all about form – not colour.
Arabia Ruska is a collection of kitchenalia that celebrates autumnal colours- no two handpainted pieces are the exact same brown. Arabia Ruija however, is a little more sensible- a glossy glaze over the Finnmark plant images renders it dishwasher proof.