A bit of history: Buch and Deichmann (B&D) Denmark started up in the early 1970’s. Designer Ketty Dalsgaard, inspired by the ropes of local fishing vessels in Denmark, started with a collection of bright coloured plastic bracelets. The pieces were made of a nylon type of softer plastic, lightweight and with a unique, very subtle “glow”.
The collection then grew to include plastic pins, earrings and by the 1980’s, B&D focused mostly on the much wanted hair accessories that were only available at finer department store such as Macy’s, Harrods, Galeries Lafayette, and Bloomingdales. These barrettes came in a variety of vivid colors – so you could match your any colour shirt to your any colour hair accessory.
At present, the company focuses on reading glasses. The plastic jewellery pieces thus are highly collectable.
In my search for a hair pin model, suitable for water resistant customised 3D printing someone pointed me to this unique collection of Ketty Dalsgaard. And indeed: how applicable it is?
It is not known to me why the collection is no longer available, neither why B&D has completely left the hair accessories market. However the unique designs – entirely made of one material and feasible in a wide color palette, are certainly worth to be tried out on a 3D printer. And maybe… this could be a perfect occasion to re-market those beautiful vintage hair barrettes.
It suffices to make a query on Etsy or Pinterest to see what a huge fan base is waiting for this to happen.