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Arthur Salm Teak and Stainless Steel “Kalmar” Fruit Bowl Mid Century AS Sweden


As much a piece of sculpture as it is a piece of tableware, this “Kalmar” fruit bowl made for Arthur Salm (AS Sweden) makes an elegant statement in stainless steel and teak about design simplicity and use of materials. Introduced in the late 1950s, the bowl consists of a main curve of steel met by teak side panels and feet with gentle curves and hinted reflections, whilst the curved edges of the wood contrast with the stark extents of metal. A superb piece of design which would grace any home, but particularly one with a Scandinavian influence.

Ours is in good condition, with some scratches to the stainless steel as to be expected from a functional item such as this, and with some minor markings to the wood panels. We should also note that the head of one of the screws underneath the feet which attach them to the main steel curve seems to have been damaged in the past. We have not attempted to remove the screw and it is unlikely that there would ever be a need to remove the feet, but the buyer should be aware of this minor defect. The maker’s mark is present on the underside of the steel with some minor wear to it, but still visible.

The outer extents of the bowl measure approximately 26.5cm (10½ in.) lengthways, 25cm (10 in.) widthways, and 11.5cm (½ in.) from base to rim. The inner part, so to speak, measures approximately 22cm (8½ in.) by 19.5cm (7½ in.) by 7cm (2¾ in.)


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