This run of sunny weather has seen us spending hours & hours in the garden each day. Pottering amongst the plants, al fresco lunching, reclining in deck chairs with cold drinks… oh, and doing some work of course.
It’s obviously had a big influence on this week’s Price Points post – bright, optimistic and fun.
Check out this cute selection of fruit salad homewares – each one under £30!
- Banana night light: £10.90, Amazon
- Sunnylife watermelon doormat: £29, Paperchase
- Outdoor garden pouffe – kiwi design by Fallen Fruits: £19.99, Selections
We’ve finally managed to find a place for some vintage Ladderax modular shelving that we’ve had stored away for a few months. A very large, very heavy vintage industrial unit has been sold, freeing up a large space in our lounge. We’ve now got lots of more versatile storage space available – and somewhere for our vinyl collection and record player at long last. We’re big fans of Spotify combined with wireless Sonos speakers dotted about the house, but you can’t beat the tactile experience and warm sound of vinyl sometimes.
Number 2 in our list comes closest in appearance to Ladderax. It has a mid century modern feel – simple and pared back in style with a combination of black metal and wood – very pleasing to our eye. Number 1 has acres of shelf space and a couple of drawers to hide things away too – neutral in colour and a good budget option. And I’m completely in love with the multi-coloured Cubit system – the various size options and graduated colours provide endless possibilities.
- FJÄLKINGE shelving: from £10 for a shelf, (£290 for combination shown), IKEA
- Tower shelving system: from £65 for a shelf (£1,056 for combination shown), Heal’s
- Multi-coloured library shelving: from £24 for a CD shelf (£4,306.77 for combination shown), Cubit
Over the past couple of weeks, Justin has cleared the room we once upon a time used as our home office. It had gradually become filled with shop stock and packaging materials. Back when we first moved to this house, we had a piece of clear, toughened glass custom made to fit in a corner of that room. It’s meant to be a desk top – large enough to take a computer, printer and desk lamp. I even had a circular hole made in it to thread through all the cables.
Now that adequate space has been made, the glass top can come out of hiding and be used. However it needs a pair of table trestles on which to sit. Just one small problem – Justin thinks vintage industrial wooden trestles would work best in the room, I think contemporary metal. Here’s three of the latter modern examples I’ve thrown into the mix – he can then show me his favoured options. Let battle commence!
- Lerberg trestle: £5, IKEA
- NIC small black steel trestle: £40, Habitat
- Pack of 2 Tréma chrome-plated steel trestles: £319, La Redoute
We normally feature ‘vintage’ designers in this series. However, that doesn’t mean that we don’t also appreciate contemporary design. One of our favourite designers currently producing is Tom Dixon.
He has worked with and for big names such as Habitat and Cappellini. But it is his own name designs for which he is now best known. I love, love, love all his metallic designs; from his lighting to desk accessories and coffee sets.
He has, in recent years, branched out into architecture including the re-design of Sea Containers House on the Southbank and one of Jamie Oliver’s restaurants.
His current designs are widely available from shops such as Heal’s, John Lewis, Selfridges and Amara. However, his out of production ‘vintage’ pieces often come up for sale on 1st Dibs and Etsy.
Have a watch of this short interview with Tom Dixon for Design Milk.
1st Dibs | Amara | Etsy
Arne Jacobsen was one of the designers that featured in our 100 Chairs book review this week. He’s best known for his iconic chairs – the Swan, the Egg, the Ant, the Giraffe, the Tongue – but during his 40-year career, he also designed lighting, stainless steel tableware, cutlery, textiles and buildings.
Probably his most famous building is the SAS Royal Hotel (now known as the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel) which opened in 1960 in his home city of Copenhagen. He designed the building and almost all its fixtures & fittings, from the furniture down to the ashtrays.
Many of his works are still in production; you can purchase genuine vintage or brand new pieces from eBay, Heal’s, Trouva and the Conran Shop.
1st Dibs | Etsy
We’ve just picked up a lovely pair of matching vintage wooden chests of drawers.
They were designed by husband & wife partnership, John & Sylvia Reid, for Stag Furniture in the 1950s.
They have a strong mid century modern look with pared back, simple, clean lines.
They appear to be made from a combination of light oak and teak – with two large drawers and a slightly smaller top drawer standing on short, tapered legs.
We really like the subtle handles with their geometric influence. Having lived with the drawers for a couple of days, we noticed how nicely the light and shadow catches them. They’d look great with a background of a bold, mid century wallpaper picking up their geometric form – Minimodern’s Backgammon springs to mind.
They’re quite a useful, compact size; measuring 75cm wide, 70cm tall and 43cm deep.
We’re going to keep them together as a pair – they’ve made it this long as a couple – we’d hate to split them up now. They’ll go into our antiques centre space – or perhaps our eBay shop, We’ll hang fire for a day or so in case any of our readers want first dibs. Drop us a line if they’re just the thing for you.