Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Happy Birthday, Eva Zeisel!

Brilliant Hungarian-born industrial designer Eva Zeisel turned 101 yesterday. She's still going strong (for her 100th birthday she celebrated by designing her first tea kettle) and has, over the course of her long career, won a slew of awards in recognition of the excellence of her work. Many of her designs continue to be produced decades after they were first issued, such as the 1950s Classic Century dishware shown here, recently reissued by Crate and Barrel in a cream colourway. Zeisel is even more remarkable once you know about her eventful and at times harrowing life--Arthur Koestler based his book Darkness at Noon on her wartime experiences. Find out more about her at her website here.
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