Posts Tagged ‘London’

World Dolls Series: England

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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World Dolls Series, England vintage children's book | H is for Home

So here’s England – the first of those World Dolls Series posts we mentioned last week.

list of books in the World Dolls Series | H is for Home

These illustrations are by C. Jones from the Birmingham School of Design.

illustration of a pair of dolls in the World Dolls Series, England | H is for Home

Each book has doll-like characters to show you round their country – it’s George & Elizabeth taking us on the tour of England.

illustration of Tower Bridge from the World Dolls Series, England | H is for Home

We start in the capital…

illustration of horse guards and a British Bobby from the World Dolls Series, England | H is for Home

…with some classic landmarks.

illustration of a tube train from the World Dolls Series, England | H is for Home

We just love the depiction of this busy underground tube station.

illustration of a metal smelter in Sheffield from the World Dolls Series, England | H is for Home

We then move to other, diverse areas of the country – rural landscapes, industrial towns & coastal villages.

illustration of Yorkshire moors and mill chimneys from the World Dolls Series, England | H is for Home

Elizabeth comes from Yorkshire and the moorland landscape is very familiar to us here in Todmorden. Lots of sheep still live here!

illustration of a fishing boat from the World Dolls Series, England | H is for Home

We think these little books are so charming – hope you agree! We’ll be heading to Scotland next week.

George Him matchbook

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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detailed view of a vintage George Him match-book front cover

We’ve tracked down another one of these fabulous & rare, vintage match-books produced for Liberty in the 1960s.

detailed view of a vintage George Him match-book edge showing words '150 CRON MATCHES MADE IN FINLAND | Designed for Liberty of London by vintage George Him

The last example we featured was designed by Miroslav Sasek – this one’s the work of another favourite illustrator, George Him.

vintage George Him match-book front cover

A row of guardsmen provides the inspiration – each with their own unique facial expression & medal collection.

inside view of vintage George Him match-book

The match-book is unused and in very good condition. They really are rare survivors and don’t appear often.

vintage George Him match-book rear cover

We actually had this one sent all the way from America.

collection of vintage London items including vintage Him match-book and London series ceramic tiles designed by Kenneth Townsend

We’ve added it to our collection of quirky London inspired design pieces – they really put a smile on our faces.

Pick of the Pads: Brixton East

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

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"Loft Living" feature of Brixton East in the October 2013 issue of Homes & Antiques magazine

We’ve chosen this fabulous factory space for this month’s Pick of the Pads. Dating from the 1870s, the building was disused & distressed when interior designer Andy Luckett bought it 18 years ago. After many years of hardship, discomfort & hard graft he’s created something very special – Brixton East.

cover of the October 2013 issue of Homes & Antiques magazine

The converted factory is featured in the October edition of Homes & Antiques Magazine and now incorporates apartment, studio space & shop.

page from the October 2013 issue of Homes & Antiques magazine showing a green tiled bathroom

There are many aspects of Andy’s home that we love. It retains a homely, comfortable feel whilst looking functional & easy to live in too.

page from the October 2013 issue of Homes & Antiques magazine showing a kitchen and dining area

The original fabric of the building remains intact with big windows, exposed brickwork & beams. The spaces are now filled with character, colour & texture.

page from the October 2013 issue of Homes & Antiques magazine showing a mosaic of 4 interior decor photos

 There’s no shortage of unusual, quirky pieces – but it’s very well edited and never enters the realms of being cluttered.

page from the October 2013 issue of Homes & Antiques magazine showing a vintage Esso illuminated advertising sign

It also looks like it’s evolved naturally over time with antique & vintage finds – some still serving their original purpose, others up-cycled for a new lease of life.

page from the October 2013 issue of Homes & Antiques magazine showing a vintage wooden coat rack with shoes, coat, scarf and bags

The building is available for event hire and Andy also opens a pop-up shop on the ground floor which should be of great interest to those who share his taste for the enticing antiques & vintage industrial pieces that fill his home – the next sale is in December. For details of the shop, upcoming events and more pictures of the building visit his website at www.brixtoneast.co.uk

Tuesday Huesday: Vintage Wimbledon

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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vintage Wimbledon travel poster designed by Herry Perry for Underground Electric Railways Company Ltd in 1931

Well it’s finally happened – Andy Murray has broken the drought of 77 years. Wimbledon has seen the first British men’s champion since Fred Perry way back in 1936. To celebrate we’re sharing this vintage Wimbledon poster designed by Herry Perry (I wonder if she was any relation to Fred) in 1931 for Underground Electric Railways Company Ltd. Prints are available from the London Transport Museum.

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Miroslav Sasek alert!

Monday, January 28th, 2013

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detailed view of vintage Miroslav Sasek matchbook designed & manufactured for Liberty of London

A few months ago, we blogged about this lovely vintage matchbook designed by Miroslav Sasek for Liberty of London. They’re rare survivors especially when in good condition.

Last week we were contacted by Penny from the Rain Rescue charity shop in Sheffield. They had a similar one donated to their shop recently and were keen to get the best possible price for it. We said that we’d flag it up to our readers if they put it on eBay, so here’s a link to the listing. They do wonderful work caring for & re-homing animals in need.

The winning bidder will be receiving a lovely item and helping a great cause to boot. If you’re interested you’d best be quick – the listing ends tomorrow!