Archive for the ‘design’ Category

It’s Covered!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

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iPad Mini in iPad Mini executive case cover from Snugg

I’ve bought Justin an early Christmas present. It’s a snazzy new iPad Mini! So when Snugg got in touch with us to ask if we’d like to review one of their products, I knew exactly which one I wanted – the iPad Mini executive case cover… in gorgeous orange leather!

iPad Mini executive case cover

It’s absolutely beautiful – really well made, sturdy and a joy to hold.

iPad Mini in iPad Mini executive case cover from Snugg

This “Executive” version has lots of useful pockets and loops to store cards, notes, a pen or stylus and an elasticated strap for use on the go.

iPad Mini in iPad Mini executive case cover from Snugg

It’s made a special present extra special.

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More Midcentury

Monday, August 15th, 2011

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vintage Cylinda-line tea setWe recently blogged about the first edition of a new magazine devoted to all things mid century modern.

1st issue of the Midcentury MagazineIt’s an era close to our hearts – we like to intersperse pieces amongst our rustic & country furniture – it’s a look we love.

vintage Jens Quistgaard teak ice bucket vintage Old Hall cruet set vintage teak & stainless steel salad set

vintage Metamec clock vintage Alfred Meakin "Gay Fantasy" trio vintage Scandinavian butter knife set

vintage stainless steel & teak kettle set of blue vintage Finel bowls vintage inky blue glass vase

If you’re fellow fans, here’s some of our current MCM stock.

vintage Robert Welch "Alverston" tea set red vintage Cathrineholm "Lotus" coffee pot vintage teak cylinder shaped storage containers

vintage stainless steel candleholder vintage drinking glasses vintage Alfred Meakin "Random" tea set

vintage stainless steel wall clock vintage 'atomic' patterned cushion vintage 'vintage Viners teak ice bucket

Just click on each image for more details!

Festival of Britain

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

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'Original Festival of Britain' catalogue

We mentioned buying this Festival of Britain brochure in our last blog – Five Flea Finds.

Costain advert in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

We’ve really enjoyed flicking through it.

Electronics information in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

Quite a few people have expressed an interest, so we thought we’d share some of its contents with you.

Festival map in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

The Festival was held in 1951 – it celebrated the centenary of The Great Exhibition held in 1851 – but was also intended to showcase Britain in the mid twentieth century.

Royal Festival Hall information in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

What an exciting event in must have been – with the new wave of optimism after the Second World War.

Battersea Park Fair in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

Exhibitions were held around the country, the main site occupying a position on the South Bank in London which was completely redeveloped.

Coalite advert in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

The Festival had a great influence on architecture, interior and product design in the years that followed.

Siemens advert in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

The brochure contains about 100 pages in total.

Sky page in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

It highlights the main attractions – exhibition spaces & their contents, new structures (including the Royal Festival Hall and the famous Skylon), the designers involved etc.

Skylon information in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

As is often the case with publications from this era, there are some fantastic advertisements too…

Crompton advert in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

…bold, colourful and forward-looking.

Simplex advert in original 'Festival of Britain' catalogue

The brochure is a must have item for Festival of Britain collectors – but also of broader interest to fans of modernism & mid twentieth century design.

Star buy!

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

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vintage Seth Thomas starburst clock

This wonderful vintage starburst clock was our ‘star buy’ at yesterday’s auction.

Also referred to as sunburst clocks, this one has a brushed metal face with a radial pattern of wooden star/sun rays.

vintage Seth Thomas starburst clock

Produced by the very good maker Seth Thomas in the 1960s, it wasn’t cheap – but it’s a great example. The condition is superb and it’s keeping perfect time.

vintage Seth Thomas starburst clock on our bedroom wall

The clock seems very happy in our bedroom. We know we shouldn’t be keeping shop stock, but it won’t do any harm to look at it for a while.

The modern, stylised shape and brushed metal is softened by the warm wood, providing a great link between old & new when going for that eclectic look.

vintage Metamec starburst clock

We already have an example of this type of clock in our top floor lounge/bedroom.

detail of vintage Metamec starburst clock

It dates from the same period, but this one is made by Metamec.

vintage Metamec starburst clock on our upstairs lounge stone wall

This one was also bought as shop stock – two years ago!!

Henrion haul!

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

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collection of FHK Henrion posters bought at auction by H is for Home

We bought a large quantity of vintage posters at auction recently…

FHK Henrion 'environmental design' poster from a collection bought at auction by H is for Home

… all the work of Frederic H K Henrion.

FHK Henrion Hampton Court London Transport travel poster from a collection bought at auction by H is for Home

They have a wide range of dates and subject matter.

FHK Henrion BOAC poster from a collection bought at auction by H is for HomeFHK Henrion BSAA poster from a collection bought at auction by H is for Home

These examples were reprinted for an exhibition at Staffordshire Polytechnic in the 1980s. The Polytechnic was the first place to offer a graphic design course largely based upon the influence of Henrion.

FHK Henrion GPO Christmas poster from a collection bought at auction by H is for Home

They were reproduced in limited edition runs and many of them are actually signed by the artist.

FHK Henrion hand written signature on a poster from a collection bought at auction by H is for Home

F H K Henrion OBE was born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1914. After studying & working in Paris, he emigrated to England in 1939, adopting British nationality in 1946.

FHK Henrion 'For Liberty' exhibition poster from a collection bought at auction by H is for Home

During the 1940s & 50s, he worked for advertising agencies and publishers – and was Art Editor of Contact and Futura magazines. In 1951 he established the design consultancy, Henrion Design Associates.

FHK Henrion 'War on Culture' exhibition poster from a collection bought at auction by H is for Home

He produced designs for numerous organisations such as the Festival of Britain, London Transport, IBM, KLM, BEA, BOAC, the British Ministry of Information, the US Office of War Information, Olivetti and Tate & Lyle.

FHK Henrion 'Etat' poster from a collection bought at auction by H is for Home

He was art director at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London during the 1950s. The ICA was a platform for the emergence of The Independent Group – and for the development of a widespread pop sensibility during the 1960s.

FHK Henrion Oxford Committee for Famine Relief 'Give' poster from a collection bought at auction by H is for Home

His work often used elements of photo montage and collage. He pioneered the use of surrealist juxtapositions in the language of advertising and visual communications in Britain.

He was a respected spokesperson for his profession and his work won many international awards. He was awarded an OBE for his contributions to the Festival of Britain pavilions.

FHK Henrion Punch magazine poster from a collection bought at auction by H is for Home

He was an influential teacher who lectured at the Royal College of Art (1955-65); was President of Alliance Graphique Internationale and Master of Faculty at Royal Designers for Industry (1972-73); and was Leader of the Faculty of Visual Communication at the London College of Printing (1976-79). In 1982 he became consultant at Henrion, Lund and Schmidt – corporate identity specialists.

FHK Henrion Philips 'Philishave' poster from a collection bought at auction by H is for Home

The FHK Henrion Archive & Research Library can be found at University of Brighton, Faculty of Arts’ Design Archives. A book of his designs (one of the popular Antique Collectors’ Club series) has recently been published and is available at Amazon UK & Amazon USA

We’ve started a Flickr group for sharing images of Henrion’s work – have a look and share any that you have!