Sometimes I get a strong craving for retro inspired styling. When the urge strikes, I prefer to use authentic containers from the particular time-frame that triggered the thoughts. For today, the late 1960s and earlier 1970s leapt out of my imagination. The styles and colors of that era have a funky, futuristic edge. Today’s projects are rooted in the past, but the time-accurate floral elements were added with a contemporary twist.
The late 1960s are represented by the vintage Brush-McCoy planter vase. The fire orange drip treatment contrasts compellingly with the black glaze. Large, “earthy” floral elements were popular with stylists in those days. This combination brings out my recollection of that era.
The style of the Frankoma decanter from 1975 is almost overdone. The shape and glaze combination is an acquired taste. The decanter definitely looks like a product of the 70s. The solitary California poppy adds the New Age aura to the piece. As a unified creation, it can be described as “groovy”.
The 60s and the 70s come together for an impromptu still-life. The fiery orange glaze of the Gladding/McBean coffee carafe is grounded by pairing it with the earthy browns of another Frankoma decanter. The carafe is from the mid 1960s while the decanter was manufactured in 1972. The posy of purple, the yellow stems and the brown-black pod balance out the project.