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

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.