Posts Tagged ‘Furniture’

Salvation Furniture

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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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

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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.



Classic Reproductions

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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Vintage & reproduction Eames EA 117 chairs side by side
image credit: smow.com

We love mid century modern furniture here at H is for Home. The classic designs of the era can be incorporated into any furnishing scheme. Pieces can look equally good in a contemporary minimalist space or rustic barn conversion. Our only advice would be to give them a little room to breathe and be admired.

Vintage and reproduction George Nelson Ball Clocks side by side
image credit: Esteban, Flickr

If you decide mid century modern is for you, there’s another decision to make – whether to buy original pieces from the 1950s & 60s or go for modern classic reproductions.

Vintage & reproduction Eames EA 117 chairs side by side
image credit: RetroFurnish

We’ve put together a  little montage of classic mid century pieces – the modern reproductions alongside images of these design icons in original advertisements, photo shoots, magazines & film sets.

Vintage & reproduction Isamu Noguchi Cyclone tables side by side
image credit: Chairstalker

Good quality reproductions will provide you with the look you desire at a fraction of the price of a vintage original.

Vintage and reproduction Hans Wegner Shell chairs side by side
image credit: Wyeth, 1stDibs

Availability is also guaranteed – sourcing original pieces in good condition can be a very time consuming process.

Vintage & reproduction Eames Hang it Alls side by sideimage credit: Kids Around

Whilst some people insist on the authenticity and history of original, the aged look or indeed pre-owned isn’t everyone’s cup of tea either. Many people like new items for their home to actually be new and look pristine.

Vintage & reproduction Xavier Pauchard Tolix model A chairs side by sideimage credit: Amazon

We’re big fans of vintage, but modern reproductions can also be the perfect solution too.

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MADE Unboxed

Monday, July 21st, 2014

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Lois cushion from MADE.COM with vintage Figgjo Flint mug of tea and half moon spectacles

A few months ago, we were approached by MADE.COM to take part in an exciting new venture of theirs – MADE Unboxed. They wanted to photograph our homewares from MADE.COM; in situ, in our home and interview us about our property, our style and our inspiration.

Brass Stow chest of drawers from MADE.COM with Fudge the Weimaraner

Well, we’re happy to announce that MADE Unboxed went live today – and we have our very own designated page on there!

Orange wall in our kitchen with Skinny la Minx apron and tea towel with Pontessa crockery

Unboxed is an online community for interiors fans… and for those folks who just like sneaking a peak around other people’s homes! ;-) Think Pinterest, but without all those cute cat photos and Ryan Gosling ‘Hey Girl’ memes! So go check it out, get signed up, share photos of your own home and gather some inspiration from other members. You can search by area or for a specific product to see who has purchased what in your neighbourhood.

Red Cohen lamp from MADE.COM with collection of West German 'fat lava' pottery vases

According to Chloe Macintosh, MADE.COM Co-Founder and Creative Director:

Unboxed contextualises our products without the need for costly lifestyle shoots or high street shops, which ultimately the customer would pay for. But more than that, Unboxed demonstrates ‘collaborative consumption’ a movement empowering consumers to take inspiration from each other… People not only want to see products in a real life situation, but more than ever we are fascinated by how others have decorated their homes; Unboxed taps into this property porn boom!

Charity Vintage: Viners cutlery storage table

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

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Vintage Viners cutlery storage table for sale by & in support of British Heart Foundation(ends 20 Jul, 2014 21:08:18 BST)

We’ve not come across one of these before. A cutlery canteen, cum coffee table, cum cutlery storage. It looks to have been made or commissioned by Viners of Sheffield in the 1950s.

The table is for sale by & in support of British Heart Foundation* in Motherwell. It has lovely mid century modern styling… and you get what looks like a load of highly collectable vintage Viners Chelsea cutlery thrown in as a bonus! We did a little research and found that the last one similar to this sold for £95 – this one’s starting bid is £49.99.

*British Heart Foundation is the nation’s heart charity. They help save lives with information, patient care and pioneering research. With your support, they’re beating heart disease for good.