Easylux storage from 1968 — can we find out more about this woddity?

easyluxReader Stacia contacted me to share — and ask for help finding out more — about what she was calling a set of 32 “Fasylux” containers, organized in a special made-in-Norway box, and installed in her mother-in-law’s house around 1968. First off: I think it’s really “Easylux.”  What more can we find out about this mysterious woddity?

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Stacia writes:

Hi Pam,

I may have a wonderful oddity for you… We rescued a cabinet from my MIL’s house when she moved out recently. It is full of rectangular and round holes with containers in them. I think the cabinet was just made by the cabinet maker who did her kitchen in the late 60s or early seventies. But the containers… I didn’t know until we took them all out that they were made in Norway! The brand is Fasylux. They are clear plastic and the name is embossed on them. The round ones have lids with airtight rubber seals. I googled them and only came up with an old ebay photo. The link is super long so I’m not including it here, but you could look it up in the same way. I have never seen these anywhere else in my mid century hunting, in real life or online. Our cabinet holds 32 containers and we installed it in our mudroom. Super useful and cool looking!

easylux containersI spoke to my mother-in-law about the cabinet. The house is in St. Louis, and I live in Columbia, MO. They bought the house in 1967 and remodeled the kitchen in 1968 or 69. They used an interior decorator — his name is Gene Levin…. he later moved to Las Vegas — to do the kitchen, and one day he just showed up with the cabinet, which he called a “tandaro unit” (or maybe tandara or tandura?? Her memory is spotty here). Anyway, she really liked it so it became part of the kitchen. She had no idea where it came from or that the containers were made in Norway, or if the cabinet came with the containers or was made separately. I couldn’t find anything online about tandaro or any of the variants… I was hoping to get more info for you, but maybe that is a mystery readers could help solve.

The decorator knew my in-laws were into Scandanavian design because they already owned a lot of Danish modern furniture, including a 10-piece Dux teak living room set that I now have, plus Dux dining room and bedroom furniture, plus the original Saarinen tulip table/chairs like you have. Unfortunately that last item did not survive 5 kids, and we sold the last two chairs at her estate sale and I can only imagine they were bought for parts. But the teak stuff is wonderful and I love that they kept it. The furniture all came from a store in St. Louis called Craig Furniture that is closed now. Maybe that store is why there’s so much great stuff in St. Louis!

Thanks, and let me know if you have any questions!

Thank you, Stacia, for sharing this with us — and what a treasure trove you have!

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Thanks to Retro on 8th for permission to feature this photo in our archives.

Sure enough, I deciphered your Fasylux to be Easylux… and immediately found an example of another Easylux Norway cabinet set here at Retro on 8th. Call it “bad branding” by the original owners to create a logo so confusing. Details from their listing:

Easy Lux wood and acrylic staples/spices rack for the kitchen. Made in Norway by Ulovlig Ved Kjop & Salg. Fantastic piece with 6 bins, two jars and 6 spice containers.

Ah! I found another of their products on flickr. Another reference to Ulovlig Ved Kjop & Salg here, in reference to scales, it seems.

In regard to ‘tandaro” or “tandara” or “tandura” or ? as a name of class of storage units, I could not easily find anything, and wasn’t sure how to research this further.

Readers, can you help?
Any more about Easylux?
Any more about Ulovlig Ved Kop & Salg?
Any collective knowledge about ‘tandaro’ units or whatever?

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Comments

  1. says

    Lol! Ulovlig ved kjøp og salg = Illegal to use for buying and selling. You know, as commercial measuring units.

    The brand is Easylux. My mom has one in her sewing room in Norway.

  2. hillary says

    What an awesome little storage cabinet/spice rack. I would love one for my kitchen and another in the laundry room.

    I wonder if the interior decorator was calling it a “tansu unit”? Tansu chests were popular decorator items at the time and I could see how someone then might refer to a cabinet with a lot of little drawers as a tansu unit, even if it wasn’t Japanese-made.

  3. Kate H says

    Perhaps it is the equivalent of the American “junk drawer,” only tidied up and organized for easy use. Sort of a pre-Container Store way of thinking.

  4. says

    It was used to store spices and flour and similar items in the kitchen, easier to have it wall mounted than to have all the containers on the counters.

  5. says

    This is a link to a recently made satire over the 50s and 60s in a Norwegian newspaper today (Called “The happy housewife”, lots of drinks, etc). Check out the Easylux on the wall in the background.

  6. Stacia says

    Birgitte–LOVE that site! I told Pam that researching this would probably be a lot easier if either of us spoke Norwegian. I feel rather silly that I didn’t realize the “F” was an “E”. I just thought “Fasylux” was a Norwegian word for storage or something like that!

    Thanks to everyone for such great information. This cabinet is perfect for the mudroom and I’ve filled most of it up since those pictures were taken by cleaning out my junk drawers. :-)

  7. says

    Oooh I want one! Yet another thing to keep my eyes peeled for!

    I agree with the author though- that St. Louis is a FABULOUS place to find Mid Century Modern goodies… (yet another reason my husband and I recently bought a Mid Century Modest Ranch there- only 3 weeks til we move in!).

    Now I want/ need an Easy Lux :)

  8. Dorthe says

    I am from Denmark and these sort of cabinets are quite common here. Normally they are not so large as this one displayed and normally they hang horizontal. Also the ones you find in Denmark is mostly made of glass rather than plastic. They where used in the kitchen to store spices, flour and such, but are now used to store knickknacks.
    Often the glassdrawers are build in to the kitchen cabinet – like this http://mettesofie.dk/site/?page_id=4990

    • Just another Pam says

      I remember seeing them in Germany when I was a girl and have seen a couple at auction around here too. All the ones I’ve seen ran horizontally with the top being used as a shelf.

      Hard not to covet the gorgeous thing, ain’t it?

  9. says

    i’m not sure about “tandura” or “tanduro” but traditional scandinavian kitchen storage is pretty easy to find if you know where to look.

    google images has a whole 2 rows of both vintage and modern examples.
    http://tinyurl.com/caoebv7

    i have a swedish aunt, i could ask her if there’s a special name for these cabinets.

  10. Kathy Cutforth says

    I lived in Germany until two years ago and you can still buy small shelves/cubbies with the glass rectangular bins in the general merchandise shops, and you can find old (1920s-60s maybe) freestanding kitchen cabinets or wall mounted cabinets with these built in on the curb or at the flea market.

    I believe it is a northern European thing, not just Scandinavian. The bins come in a variety of sizes and are used for spices, flour and other dry goods. The glass is usually clear, but is sometimes a pale green. I’ve seen modern ones in pottery in Poland too.

  11. 52PostNBeam says

    Possibly … “tandaro” is Tomado, a Danish company that made nifty mid mod shelving & kitchen supplies. Ebay has many examples of vtg Tomado, although nothing like this cabinet.

  12. fembot says

    They’re very common here in Holland, we call them spice cupboards. The earlier ones usually have white glazed earthenware drawers which are decorated and preprinted with words like coffee/tea/flour/sugar/oats/rice, the midcentury ones usually have drawers with ridged clear glass fronts, later ones are usually plastic. I currently have two sets of two of these drawers in plastic hanging under one kitchen cupboard, but I’m trying to source a slightly more interesting looking glass version for my kitchen renovation.

    Ikea brought out a horizontal version in plain wood with five glass drawers a while back, but I think it was discontinued a year or two ago.

  13. fembot says

    Oh, and Tomado is not Danish, it’s a Dutch company, best known for their wire and steel shelving units. They made a lot of metal kitchenware and utensils, but most of it is metal or coated wire, I’m not aware of them ever having made spice cabinets, but they might have done. I highly doubt, though, that it’s the word we’re looking for.

      • TK says

        I’m Finnish, but that Swedish company operates also here. I remembered that site and those “glass pitchers”, because I did “research” for my cousin who bought an small studio apartment from the house which was build in the 50’s. That apartment still had an original wooden 50’s kitchen cabinets which were build on the site. I persuaded him not to replace original wooden cabinets with something made out of MDF, but to renovate the original ones and used that site to show him how his kitchen could look, because there were similar hardwood handles in the cabinets. By the way my cousin’s kitchen didn’t have “pitchers” but “dish draining closet” like this. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dish_draining_closet

  14. Sophia Athanasis says

    I have one of these cabinets, and I am looking for a couple of the round plastic containers that fit into the cabinet. Does anyone have any expierence with finding replacements

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