I was right to be reminded by Ladislaw Sutnar’s 1929 tea set, which I mentioned in my last post, of Habitat in the 1980s, because Habitat did indeed produce a  similar teaset, their popular Kristina range, which came with either a pink or a blue rim. Sutnar’s was porcelain and Habitat’s was earthenware, but they are otherwise similar, even in the shapes of the cups and saucers, so similar that Sutnar may have been the direct inspiration for Habitat’s designers. There was also a porcelain range, Sienna (below), without a teapot, that was cheaper than Kristina. The pictures are taken from Habitat’s 1983-4 catalogue.


Other Habitat china was inspired by 18th century models – their Old Colonial and Sharon ranges (below) were produced for fifteen or twenty years (I had pieces from both.) You could choose a sleek, modern image from  Habitat or a more countrified, cottagey look.

Old Colonial


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