Posts Tagged ‘1970s’

Happy!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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pair of large vintage happy badges

Feeling a bit glum? These huge, groovy 1970s tin badges should help lift your mood –  ‘think happy’ and ‘be happy’.

rear view of a pair of large vintage happy badges

They were thrown in for free with another purchase at a recent flea market. Happy indeed! :-)

Etsy List: Clockwatching

Monday, June 9th, 2014

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H is for Home 'Clockwatching' Etsy List

Clocks and watches are almost things of the past thanks to everyone having a mobile phone with time, date, alarm and even timer functions.

Week days during my early school life began with me slamming down on the knob of a purple Westclox ‘Big Ben’ pedestal clock. Years later, this gave way to a boxy Sony Digimatic clock alarm radio. Today, we still have a Sony clock alarm radio – this time, a Dream Machine – shaped like a cube with LED numbers and snooze button. A ticking clock, like a dripping tap, would keep me awake all night!

We have a fantastic vintage Seth Thomas starburst clock in our lounge and another Metamec version on the top floor – both beautiful mid century modern icons!

Clockwatching
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Charity Vintage: Molteni Orix desk

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

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Red vintage 1970s Molteni Orix desk for sale by & in support of Katharine House Hospice, Stafford(ends 15 Jun, 2014 19:11:57 BST)

It isn’t the greatest photo, but this vintage 1970s Molteni Orix desk is gorgeous! It’s currently up for sale on eBay for Charity by & in support of Katharine House Hospice, Stafford*.

It was designed in Italy for Molteni & Co by V. Parigi and N. Prina and was made in red, white, black, blue, yellow and green. There’s also a matching cantilevered chair. I could just imagine it with an iconic Olivetti Valentine typewriter sitting on the top!

Its starting price is a whopping £599 but it’s an extremely rare item. I can’t find another one currently for sale anywhere on the web.

*Katharine House Hospice, Stafford provides specialist palliative care services to adults across mid-Staffordshire coping with life limiting conditions. They provide support to patients and their loved ones.



In Orbit

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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vintage orange Burleigh Orbit cup & saucer | H is for Home

Wow!! How about this for an eye-popping bit of orange Op Art loveliness?

vintage orange Burleigh Orbit cup maker's mark | H is for Home

This cup & saucer is from the Orbit range produced by Burleigh in the 1960s. It’s superb and quite uncharacteristic of their usual output which is normally very traditional. Someone must have had a rush of blood to the head (or taken LSD) that week. It’s quite a rare pattern and doesn’t appear for sale often.

vintage orange Burleigh Orbit cup & saucer with sugar lumps | H is for Home

It’s a great display piece, and would also provide the perfect pick-me-up start to the day filled with strong coffee. We’ve got a few for sale and they’ll appear in our webshop soon.

Retro Magazine

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

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Retro Magazine with cup of tea and green & orange striped knitted cushion

This copy of Retro Magazine arrived last week. It was sent by the lovely people at Hus & Hem as we’d supplied an image of a yellow Finel coffee pot for them to use.

page from Retro Magazine showing a photo of H is for Home's yellow Finel percolator

Hus & Hem (and this off-shoot publication) hails from Sweden so we did have a slight problem to overcome with regards to the language barrier. We should be fluent in Swedish judged by the number of Scandinavian crime dramas we watch – but alas not!

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It didn’t stop this magazine being a very enjoyable “read” for us though. We could pick up on the general gist of the articles, but we mainly let the pictures do the talking.

vintage Volkswagen Golf feature

There’s certainly no shortage of them with lots of vintage retro gorgeousness to peruse.

dining table

Scandinavia is of course home to many great designers both past & present – and the source of many pieces so sought after by collectors. So it’s no surprise that they should have some excellent publications dedicated to the subject.

vintage decorated kitchen

The magazine crams loads in. There are some inspiring house tours, vintage fashion and features on classic design.

vintage fashion feature

As you can see from the article on Mari Simmulson & Upsala-Ekeby pottery for example, these articles are quite extensive and make great source material for identification or collecting.

selection of vintage Ekeby ceramic dishes

There are also current product pointers and a location tour with an eye to vintage design  & retail opportunities.

selection of vintage kitchenalia items

In this issue, Helsingfors (Helsinki in Swedish) is the destination – it’s gone onto our list for when we do that much longed for Scandinavian camper van tour.

Helsinki feature

The photography is excellent throughout. There’s also much use of vintage magazine articles & advertisements to display products or show items in situ.

selection of vintage loungers

It costs about £5.00 per issue.

selection of vintage chairs and stools

It’s definitely worth giving a try – you might even learn a new language!