Thanks to Dana, from Mid2Mod, I know a wee bit about Krenits and Shmoos.
Krenit bowls were designed in 1953 by Herbert Krenchel, as pieces that would be durable but beautiful. A result of Krenchel’s knowledge as a materials researcher and civil engineer, the bowls were manufactured with an enamel interior. They were available in eight colors and nine sizes, and between 1953 and 1966 (when the line was discontinued) over a million bowls were sold. They have since been reissued in melamine. Dana explains why the bowl was called “Krenit”.
I spotted my vintage Krenit bowl standing in the line to pay at a church rummage sale. I handed Hubby my loot (he’s so handy) and darted from line with such fervor that everyone in the line watched me with fascination. I snagged the bowl from under a teetering pile of other bowls and skipped back into line, where I plonked down my $2.00 (TWO BUCKS!) for this amazing piece. A super size, this enamel bowl was made for me: Black & white to match the kitchen and our houndstooth upholstery? Check. Wait – matte black, to complement my matte black DIY chalkboard knife block? Yes indeed-y. Big enough to hold a Costco-sized fruit haul? Check. Inexpensive enough for Hubby not to swoon? Check.
Functional, beautiful and mid-century mod. I couldn’t be happier.
My two shmoos were spotted in Thunder Bay, while we set up shop. Unsurprisingly, they stayed there, on my Mom’s bookshelf. No worries. These salt & pepper shakers fit nicely into a purse so they can come home to Ottawa after any visit to my hometown. Cue evil laugh.
The “Shmoo” salt and pepper shakers were designed by the late Eva Zeisel, an immensely talented ceramicist and furniture designer, who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1906.
|Eva Zeisel; Photo Via Imprint|
Zeisel wanted to make every day goods beautiful, and designed this anthropomorphized pair for Red Wing Pottery as part of the Town and Country line. Because they resembled Al Capp’s creature the Shmoo in his comic strip Li’l Abner, Zeisel’s creation came to be dubbed “Shmoos”. Dana has the full story (and some fabulous images of the strip, too).
A whole shmoo village would be cute:
|Photo Via Imprint|
|Red Wing Town & Country; Photo Via Mid2Mod|