Friday, December 27, 2013

Creating An Art Deco Garden

Serralves Museum & Foundation, Porto, Portugal

Art Deco garden urns and bird bath

About ten years ago I was on the quest to find out more on Art Deco garden design and came up with very little inspiration on the internet. I was fortunate to correspond with the Art Deco Trust of Napier, New Zealand and they sent me information and the booklet featured above, the booklet can be ordered via the link: or visit 

Here are some tips for designing an Art Deco garden:

Layout: In its most extreme form, the Art Deco garden was simply lawn and evergreen shrubs. In general, the garden should be formal rather than natural, severe rather than fussy.

Planting: Hard-edged evergreen shrubs are most appropriate, as well as being compact and attractive all year. Topiary trees are ideal for the setting. Low flowering plants, in bright colours, that can be planted in straight or curved lines or in massed areas are appropriate. Examples are impatiens, marigolds, calendulas, petunias, anenomes and lobelia. Evergreen ground covers such as clipped ivy is also suitable.

Paving: Regular, evenly coloured paving slabs or tiles are best for paving or courtyards. 

Water features were popular and should be in the form of formal, rectangular or perfectly round pools, edged with tiles or cut slabs, not natural stone. Use square or stepped corners.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Lesotho Woven Mohair Wall Tapestry

Kingdom of Lesotho Mohair wall tapestry with intricate details of village life with the Maloti mountain range in the background and figures on Basotho ponies wearing traditional blankets and hats. The tapestry measures 121 x 108 cm (including fringe and tabs) and is mounted on wooden spear, a really heavy piece which must have taken many hours to complete, one of the nicest I have seen. 
R850.00, Instagram: skyscraper_cape_town

Friday, December 13, 2013

Riihimaen Lasi 'Pala' Vases by Helena Tynell Finland

These vases were produced 1964 to 1976. SOLD

Helena Tynell was born in 1918 and recently passed away 16 January 2016., Instagram: skyscraper_cape_town

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Retro National Desk Fan

 Vintage/Retro National Desk fan, powerful blast, good condition, 30 cms x 25 cms, SOLD , Instagram: skyscraper_capetown

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Denby 'Cheviot' Vase by Glyn Colledge

1950's Denby Cheviot vase by Glyn Colledge, 42 cm in height, mint condition and signed! According to an article in BBC Homes & Antiques by Natasha Goodfellow 'Cheviot Ware, designed by Glyn Colledge is now perhaps Denby's most covetable range. Only around 160 Cheviot vases were made'.

Image from the book 'Denby Pottery 1890 - 1997' Hopwood

Not for sale Instagram: skyscraper_capetown

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Iittala Finland Solaris Glassware by Tapio Wirkkala

Large Iittala Finland 'Solaris' bowl 13 x 24 cm

Set of 7 Iittala 'Solaris' dinner plates - 25 cm wide

Set of 8 Iittala 'Solaris' side plates 16 cm wide

Set of 8 Iittala 'Solaris' dessert bowls, some still with original factory foil 

A rare set of Iittala 'Solaris' glassware, SOLD, Instagram: skyscraper_cape_town

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Riihimaen Lasi Oy Vase by Tamara Aladin Finland - Design Number 1376

Two available: Riihimaen Lasi Oy glass vase by Tamara Aladin, Finland, circa 1970, 25 cms in height, SOLD, Instagram: skyscraper_cape_town