Kitchen towel Elsa Beskow
Designed by Catharina Kippel
Kitchen towels with patterns by Catharina Kippel, based on illustrations by Elsa Beskow. The collection includes The Strawberry family, Dandelions, Little Willow, King Winter, Elves, Radish, Chimney sweep and Mrs Cabbage.
The endearing stories by the children’s book author and illustrator Elsa Beskow have been interpreted by Catharina Kippel, a designer who has worked with Design House Stockholm right from the beginning. Using visual quotations from Elsa Beskow’s works Catharina stresses the humour with which Elsa so typically portrays people and nature.
10% of the retail price of all items with the ‘Dandelions’ design will be donated to Barncancerfonden — The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation. Retailers of these items automatically contributes to the fight against cancer in children. Thank you for joining us in supporting Barncancerfonden — The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation — with your purchase.
Welcome to the world of Elsa Beskow!
Hand-printed kitchen towel.
Material: 100% cotton.
Measurements: 45 × 65 cm (18"× 26").
Care instructions: Machine wash warm 60° C.
Elsa Beskow was born in southern Stockholm in 1874. Her father died when she was 15 and her mother took the children to live with her unmarried siblings who shared the same household. Elsa’s aunts and uncle became the models for Aunt Green, Aunt Brown, Aunt Lavender and Uncle Blue. From 1892 to 1895 Elsa studied to become an art teacher and it was at this time that she started illustrating children’s stories. Her stories and her illustrations were a dominant influence in the world of children’s books for more than 50 years. Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages and many of today’s children’s authors and illustrators have been inspired by her art.
Catharina Kippel has been collaborating with Design House Stockholm since the beginning, and is the designer behind much of our bestselling dinnerware. She has studied pottery and glassblowing in Sweden as well as ancient ceramic firing techniques in Japan, and has a master’s degree from Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Since 1995, Catharina runs her own studio in Gustavsberg’s old porcelain factory, and her work is represented at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm and the Porcelain Museum in Gustavsberg.