Over the next few weeks, we’ll be rolling out some new columns which will appear from time to time here on the Anthology site. Our first new column is called Object Found; it is a chance for us to provide a little extra information on some of the objects that appear among the pages of the magazine.
The first Object Found is this charming enamel bowl from the home of Randi Brookman Harris. The bowl was designed in the 1960s by Kaj Franck for the Finnish ceramic company Arabia. Franck was a very well-known Finnish designer, and after becoming the director of Arabia’s nascent design department in 1945, Franck quickly expanded the company’s design team and modernized production techniques, helping Arabia to flourish throughout the era.
The heart mixing bowl is one of several enamelware designs that Franck produced during this period. His whimsical, graphic patterns are truly timeless, and these enamel bowls are highly coveted items to this day. Luckily, at any given time you are likely to find a few of these enamel bowls and many other mid-century Arabia products available on sites like eBay and Etsy. With a little patience and luck, you can be like Randi and celebrate the acquisition of your very own genuine Kaj Franck bowl.
I grew up eating salads served from an Arabia mushroom bowl identical to this one, and I can attest to the durability and beauty of these bowls. Anyone want to share their story about a Kaj Franck piece? We’re all ears!