Here is the result of all that painting: our completed black feature wall as backdrop to the piece of furniture I was anxiously awaiting, my maternal grandparents’ original mid-century teak shelving unit, very much reminiscent of Poul Cadovius designs from the same period and manufactured in Norway (as per the stamp on the back of the piece.)
This shelving unit was purchased by my grandparents in Frankfurt in the early 1960s and ended up spending around 40 years in their home in Berlin. I have many memories of it being used (my grandmother stored table linens in the drawers) and am now looking forward to putting it to loving use in our home. The silver tea set is also my maternal grandparents’. The book and pottery arrangements are in no way finalised , but I like the way the colours in the vases play off the colours in the artwork. Aside from the obvious sentimental associations and joy at owning such a wonderfully crafted vintage piece of furniture, this puppy also provides storage we have been in desperate need of in the past. I can already see myself obsessing over the arrangement of objects here forever after, but that’s what enormous pottery collections are for, right? Many thanks again to my parents for gifting it to me, and both my parents and my husband for lugging it all the way from Berlin to me in a van.