Posts Tagged ‘Furniture’

Charity Vintage: Orange stacking chairs

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

'Charity Vintage' blog post banner

job lot of vintage orange stacking chairs for sale by & in support of Arch Stepping Stones Appeal on eBay for Charity(ends 3 Mar, 2015 15:24:12 GMT)

We love these orange stacking chairs for sale by & in support of Arch Stepping Stones Appeal*. They’re currently an unbelievable £1.04 for the job lot of 17 chairs.

You could have 6 dining chairs, 2 bedroom chairs and a set of 4 garden chairs – and still have some leftovers! If you’re anywhere near or willing to drive to Stoke-on-Trent then grab yourself a bargain!

*All monies raised as a result of selling items on eBay will go towards the work that Arch Stepping Stones Appeal does with children and young people who are the ‘forgotten victims of domestic violence’ across Staffordshire and Cheshire. With your help and support they can make a difference by putting a smile back on the faces of our children and young people and help create a bright and safe future for them all.

Charity Vintage: Ernest Race stools

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

'Charity Vintage' blog post banner

Pair of vintaage Ernest Race high stools for sale by & in support of Isabel Hospice (ends 3 Feb, 2015 20:31:32 GMT)

If you’re any good at furniture DIY, here are a couple of doer-uppers you might like to take on as a little project. A pair of well-worn but classic mid century modern high stools designed by Ernest Race.

They’d be perfect for perching at a breakfast bar in a vintage 50s-inspired kitchen… or teamed with the cocktail cabinet we featured last week.

They’re up for sale by Isabel Hospice* and, although there’s still just over 3 days left to bid, they’ve already had quite a lot of interest. They’re currently £41.00 the pair – bargain! – and a mere £7 for delivery but they’d prefer it if the successful buyer collected in person from Welwyn Garden City.

*Isabel Hospice is a charity needing to raise nearly £4 million per annum to provide their free services to the people of eastern Hertfordshire. Their ethos is that they treat the whole person, not simply the illness. They offer a complete hospice service through their team of Community Nurse Specialists, a 16-bed, in-patient hospice, a day hospice, outreach day hospices, hospice at home and a family support and bereavement service.

Charity Vintage: Erik Buch rosewood folding bar

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

'Charity Vintage' blog post banner

vintage Erik Buch rosewood folding bar for sale by & in support of Isabel Hospice (ends 22 Jan, 2015 13:30:12 GMT)

Did you get a bit of money for Christmas? We’ve found something lovely on eBay for Charity to put it towards! This fabulous vintage Erik Buch rosewood folding bar is something to behold. Charity shops don’t often get such rare, high value, quality items – but Isabel Hospice* has got a winner here.

Their photos don’t do the piece justice at all; if you’d like to see what it looks like in all its glory have a look here, here and here. An example sold at auction in 2010 for just over £1,200, there’s one for sale on Etsy at the moment for £3,100 and another on 1stdibs for $3,000 (about £2,000). That makes this ones buy it now price of £1,250 spot on.

It’s such a well designed and thought out piece of furniture. Imagine rolling it out, opening it up and offering your dinner party guests an aperitif – all very Mad Men!

*Isabel Hospice is a charity needing to raise nearly £4 million per annum to provide their free services to the people of eastern Hertfordshire. Their ethos is that they treat the whole person, not simply the illness. They offer a complete hospice service through their team of Community Nurse Specialists, a 16-bed, in-patient hospice, a day hospice, outreach day hospices, hospice at home and a family support and bereavement service.


Salvation Furniture

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

'Salvation Furniture' blog post banner

Salvation Furniture table in our kitchen diner

Adelle recently entered an Instagram competition hosted by Notonthehighstreet. People were invited to post a #shelfie – an image of a shelf in their house. The prize was a Kanteen table from Salvation Furniture.

Salvation Furniture table in our kitchen diner

Lo & behold, our shelfie won!

detail of the top of our Salvation Furniture table

The table is made from lime-washed, reclaimed wooden boards with a metal frame beneath. We like the character of the wood – and the rustic, vintage industrial look. It makes a great dining table and we were tempted to leave it in our kitchen diner, but we already have a nice baker’s table that acts as our food preparation & eating area. Fortunately, the table is also perfect as an office desk or craft station so it will put to good use upstairs.

Charity Vintage: Uniflex drawers

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

'Charity Vintage' blog post banner

Vintage Uniflex chest of drawers (ends 30 Sep, 2014 11:10:34 BST)

St Vincent Support Centre* is currently selling a couple of pieces of vintage Uniflex furniture but this chest of drawers is what caught our eye. Clean of line, easy on the eye and with beautifully contrasting teak and sycamore woods, it’s currently for sale on eBay for Charity with an opening price of £69.99.

We’ve seen the very same model currently for sale elsewhere online priced at over £350.

Uniflex was at the vanguard of British furniture design and manufacturing. Their furniture was exhibited at the Design Centre in 1962 and they had a show room in New Bond Street, London.

In 1965, as part of the British furniture industry’s Economic Review for 1964, Leslie Leyton of L. Lazarus & Sons Ltd (the makers of Uniflex) proclaimed:

Had the public not become much more discerning we would not be able to sell the sort of furniture we make in the quantities we do.

Leslie Adrian, in a 1965 edition of The Spectator made a bold statement that still holds true today:

British furniture can be clean-limbed and elegant without being second-class Scandinavian…

You can see the article in its entirity here. It makes for very insightful reading into the evolution of furniture manufacturing and retailing over the past 40 years.

*St Vincent Support Centre is part of the international charity, the St Vincent de Paul Society, and exists to promote self-sufficiency by building bridges of support and creating opportunities that enhance the quality of life for those deprived of income, employment, education, social networks and community support. They offer a wide range of services to people who need it most, including free debt advice, counselling, free adult learning, and volunteering/training placements for unemployed and adults with special needs.