My favorite of my grandmother's china is Rörstrand blå eld (blue fire). Only used at the summer house (where she delighted in trying out the more avant garde -- Oslo was still old school traditional), countless cups of tea have been served in these white cups with the asymmetrical herringbone design, and countless red Norwegian strawberries have been piled on the teardrop-shaped blue dishes.
Designer Hertha Bengston designed two lines for Rörstrand, left the company in 1964 when the management changed and then designed for the German company Rosenthal, among others. work may be found in museums around Scandinavia, the private collection of the King of Sweden and a piece at the V&A.
|Hertha also designed textiles|
Although Rörstrand no longer manufactures the Blue Fire line, a new line, Swedish Grace, caught my eye:
However, not much represents the Scandinavian summer better than this piece, also from Rörstrand (Kulinara):
Can you see the peas, the gooseberries, the chives, the elderberries, the parsley?