A love story for Christmas... November 06 2012

The familiar pre-Christmas buzz is upon us – mulled wine is brewing, festive street lights are going up and the last minute rush to get presents bought, wrapped and under the tree is looming. Worry not. New in stock are a series of lovely Bjørn Wiinblad plates produced by Nymølle, which are ideal gifts either individually, or as a set.

Wiinblad was a Danish painter, designer and artist born in 1918 and educated at the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen. Extremely talented; he worked in a multitude of mediums including ceramics, silver, bronze, textiles, and graphics, winning numerous awards and medals.  Museums the world over have his work in their collections - the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Stockholm's National Museum.

Wiinblad's work is unlike any other, and he is often referred to as one of the "Superstar Designers" of the 20th Century.  Probably his most sought after work is that from his time at Nymølle, where his association began in 1946 and in 1976, with the company facing closure, he took over ownership. It was here that Wiinblad produced the finest pen drawings that were transferred to production as intaglio printing, usually in a single colour.

What attracts me to his work is his wonderful use of simple line drawings, combined with the whimsical nature of his subjects, often based on the joys of music and life, which always make you smile. 

 The series of plates that we have for sale beautifully depicts the story of a young couples blossoming romance. In January the couple meet for the first time and in the following months, we witness how their relationship develops with both ups and downs and eventually culminates in their first-born child in the month of December. An extra dimension to the story is the month’s weather, always featuring as the backdrop. Each plate is titled on the reverse giving an insight into how the story will progress. 

Wiinblad's vocation was to create designs that make everyday life a little prettier, a little more inspiring, more fun and often much more colorful. Don’t we all need a little bit of that this Christmas?