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.
This comfy corner looks a wonderful place to recline and read a book, listen to music, chat on the phone or have an afternoon snooze; the huge sofa & cushions enveloping you. There’s natural light from the big window by day with both mood & directional light for the evening. It looks like the scheme has come together quite organically. It doesn’t seem overly planned and there’s a great skill in achieving that. It just works well – the perfect space to relax & unwind.
- Vintage bevelled Art Deco mirror
- Vintage octagonal Art Deco mirror
- Red deer head mount faux taxidermy
- HEKTAR floor lamp
- Penny Grand sofa
- Play desk lamp
- KILO multi-coloured metal nest of 3 side tables
We have a spare bedroom which we’ve kitted out as our craft room. It occasionally acts as a guest bedroom when friends & family come to stay. Along with a work desk and chair, it currently has a wrought iron single bed. Much as we love the bed, it’s not really all that practical. It’s an antique so it’s a fair bit shorter than contemporary beds… and contemporary humans!
Actually, there’s no real need for a permanent bed in there. We could do with the more flexible option of a sofa bed that can sleep two people. On a more day-to-day basis, it would provide a comfy spot on which to lay, read or work – and free up precious floor space. The spare bed option could be retained without it taking up almost a quarter of the room. These grey 3-seater sofa beds have varying price tags, but all have pared back styling with simple, clean lines. We’d be more than happy with any of them.
- 3 seater Clic Clac sofa bed: £254.99, Wayfair
- FRIHETEN three-seat sofa-bed: £375.00, IKEA
- Jefferson sofa bed: £1,299.00, MADE.com