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[Vintage] ARABIA Paratiisi Tea Cup & Saucer

[Vintage] ARABIA Paratiisi Tea Cup & Saucer

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It is a tea cup and saucer of the famous Paratiisi from ARABIA manufactured between 1971 and 1974. Paratiisi means "paradise" in Finnish. Designed by Birger Kaipiainen, one of the company's representative designers, it was released in 1969. Production of the Paratiisi was discontinued in 1974 due to the time and effort required to produce it.

The Paratiisi logo began with the viola (pansy) logo in 1969, followed by a leaf logo that replaced the ARABIA mark on the viola manufactured in the latter half of 1971, and a circular English logo in the 1988 reprint. There are four types: the replaced crown logo and the modern black and white logo without the color of the 1988 logo. Until the crown logo in 1988, it will be made in Finland, but all modern versions are made in Thailand.

This is a Paratiisi manufactured from 1971 to 1974 during the golden age of ARABIA. There is a Finnish notation on the back stamp, and the leaves protruding like wings on the left side of the logo are the characteristics of the 1971-74 models. Due to its rarity, the viola logo is the most expensive Paratiisi, but this Paratiisi has better color and luster than the early lot of the late 1960s. After a certain number of years since its manufacture, it was a work of the time when the technical strength had increased, and I think that the workmanship is the most colorful and remarkably beautiful among Old Paratiisi.

In the 1980s, due to the economic recession in Finland, ARABIA stopped producing even its main products one after another, and tableware with simple decorations became the mainstream. It's no exaggeration to say that the 1970s was the last time we spared no effort. A mid-century masterpiece, a glorious era production.

Details Manufacturer: ARABIA Designer: Birger Kaipiainen Series name: Paratiisi Age: 1971-1974 Country of origin: Finland Condition: ★★★★★ (5: Complete)
There are black spots on the surface of the saucer during manufacturing and traces of support posts on the back edge, but it is in extremely good mint condition with no history of use.

■ About Birger Kaipiainen

Birger Kaipiainen

Birger Kaipiainen (1915-1988 )

Born in Pori, southwestern Finland, on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia. Finland's leading designer, known as the "King of Decorators". Although his family moved to Helsinki when he was young, Kaipiainen spends each summer in a homestay in the Russian town of Sortavala. The sense of nature and artistry nurtured there will influence him for the rest of his life. When Kaipiainen was young, he suffered from polio, which left him walking with a cane for the rest of his life. He was unable to turn a potter's wheel on his own due to a disability in one hand, but it is said that this actually served as an opportunity for him to hone his artistic sense.

Kaipiainen graduated from Finland's premier art university, Aalto University, and joined Arabia in 1937. From 1954, he also transferred to Rorstrand in Sweden for four years. In the heyday of simple and unadorned Nordic modern art, Kaipiainen's designs are rich in decorativeness and are characterized by detailed depictions drawn to every corner. He has built a unique worldview that stands out from the mainstream of the times, designing Paratish in 1969, Apia in 1970, and Sunnuntai in 1971. Both are still reprinted editions of Arabia, and have become flagship products.

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