K is for Krenit bowls with their wonderful vibrant enamelled insides and their dark matte exteriors. These bowls are loved with a passion by everyone in my family. My mother used to bring them home with her when she had been back to Denmark and gave them to others for presents.
Designed by Herbert Krenchel in 1953, a Danish engineer, they are my favourite bowls of all time.
I am a bit of a bowl fiend and I much prefer bowls to plates.
I try not to collect stuff, as it weighs you down and ultimately is a fairly pointless activity ( and I hate dusting). but I have a weakness for the shapes and colours of Danish and Swedish tableware of the 1950s and 60s so I have a few of these bowls and some other pottery and bits and pieces from that era.
One of the wonderful things about the Internet is that you can find out so much so quickly about so many things. I didn’t know that these bowls were called Krenit or who they were designed by, until one day I decided to find out if the salad bowls I grew up with were still around. Ebay was a good source of bowls and I have now got more than enough to keep me happy.
Similarly with a fruit bowl that we always had on the table at home, I looked around using search engines and following trails and with a bit of persistence found out all about the pattern, (Blå Eld (Blue Fire) designed by Herta Bengtson for Rostrand, Sweden) and found replacement bowls for me and my sister to have in our homes.
I then got mildly carried away and bought the teapot and a few other pieces too. But I’ve stopped now, contenting myself with the odd Moomin mug from time to time.
I think it gives me some sort of comfort or maybe a sense of continuity to have these objects in my home, but having too many family things can also be oppressive and I have tried to choose only those things which I love for themselves as much as for what they represent in my memory palace. These bowls make me smile, I don’t know how else to describe the feelings they engender.
What do you feel about objects that you may have collected or inherited over the years? I’d be interested to hear how everyone manages their ‘stuff’.
I give in to you all : K is for Kermit, ( I never noticed he is the same colour as my favourite bowl – it’s a sign he should be here) love from me xx