My obsession with blue and white china is probably my longest running obsession beside colour itself. I am a bit of a mad collector of blue and white china, that was made a lot more intense by my years in London – with the traditional blue and white china never going out of style. It probably helped that while we were in London, the whole ‘country’ look was very strong. Think daffodil yellow kitchens with pine dressers and Spode and willow pattern china everywhere. I passed on the daffodil yellow (well not entirely – I may have had one kitchen that colour in my less colour-confident days) but the blue and white china has stayed with me and my collection has grown. I am particularly fond on that old English stalwart Spode, but have also collected pieces in Denmark (famous for their love of blue and white) and everywhere in between. The above photo is just a small portion of my blue and white collection which was shot for Urbis magazine, photo by Patrick Reynolds.
My dearly-want-and-need list is long at the moment, but here are all the beautiful pieces in blue and white I am loving at the moment…
This tray is part of the Hybrid Collection from Seletti, with them working with CTRIZAK studio. Each piece is an East-meets-West with china from both cultures mixed together. I adore this piece which can be ordered from Seletti Boutique in either Queenstown or their new Auckland store in Osbourne St. It retails for @$139. They dont have any in stock at present, but can order if you wish.
Also in Osbourne St in Auckland is Bolt of Cloth. They stock Marimekko and so I have been making a weekly pilgrimage in there to gaze at all the beautiful things. These two pieces are part of the Weather Diaries Collection by Marimekko Designer Aino-Maija Metsola. The inspiration came from Finish seasonal weather patterns and come in a range of colours (I love the yellow so much) but the blue and white is gorgeous with its indigo tie-dyed effect. The Saapaivakirja plate is $57.99 and the cup is $29.99
I know we don’t have IKEA here in New Zealand – and I have given up hoping that they will ever come. Maybe when my future grandchildren are all grown up! Until then we will stuff things in our suitcases on trips and make use of trade me and my flatpack to get the things we want. And I want this dinner set. Called Promenade is starts at AU$3.99 a piece. I love its whimsical hot air balloon patterns. Here is hoping someone will bring it in.
Speaking of things we can’t get – this is at least available on-line. And it isn’t china but at least it is blue and white. These Melamine plates are by Thomas Paul and are available from Table Tonic in Australia. They are AU$22 and they deliver to New Zealand. Lucky us!
These blue and white handles are just $5 at the moment at Ezibuy. Cheap and cheerful!
And I had to include this Gamers Plate – I have no idea where I got the image sorry, but I just love how tongue in cheek it is!
My favourite shop on Queen Street is DAISO Japan $3 shop. It is 287 Queen St and everything in the store is actually $3.50 ($3 plus GST). It is a treasure trove of japanese wrapping paper, plastic whodackys that you didn’t know you needed, and a whole heap of beautiful japanese ceramics in blue and white. What is not to love. It is all along the wall down the back.
Cameron at Flotsam and Jetsam seems to like the blue and white china as much as me – and currently has this enormous china plate in store. It is something special (it really is huge) and comes with its own plate stand. Retailing at $1375 – it is definitely a collector’s piece – I like to just go in there and gaze at it!
CITTA have released some of their summer range and have also opened a new store at 34 Westmoreland St, Grey Lynn, Auckland. They have a strong theme of blue and white running through the collection with many Greek-inspired images – I just love this one with the towels. Makes me want to run away to somewhere warm – Fast! I have a review of the collection coming up soon with my favourite pieces… watch out for it.
I had to include this beautiful, moody shot with the fabulous cobalt blue hallway (including a blue painted floor). I just love it! If I ever own a beach house (a girl can dream) – I would use that blue. A very close blue is Denim Blue by Porters Paints.