thanks for your suggestions, Ivo! i'd been leaning towards German or Scandinavian, too.
thought Ichendorf, perhaps. i think i've seen something in this colour some time ago, but
can't recall where it was.
however - followed your Iittala suggestions and found the 'Novitas' range by Timo
Sarpaneva, which is quite close:Novitas / Laatutavara
still not a match though...
so let's wait and see.