Posts Tagged ‘mid-century modern’

Charity Vintage: Ernest Race stools

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

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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

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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.


Mid century companion set

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

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stainless steel & teak mid century companion set

We bought this fabulous 1950s/60s coal bucket & matching fireside companion set last week. Although there’s a good selection of great looking sets being manufactured today, we don’t come across many stylish examples from this period.

tools from a stainless steel & teak mid century companion set coal bucket from a stainless steel & teak mid century companion set

The only other ones that spring to mind are a couple of atomic sets that we sold many years ago. They’re usually very traditional looking affairs, often made of heavy brass, copper or wrought iron – this one is altogether more mid century modern in design.

stainless steel & teak mid century companion set

It’s made of stainless steel with teak detailing. It was filthy when we bought it, but metal polish, wood oil and elbow grease has improved it no end. It’s heading off to our antiques centre space later on this week.

Charity Vintage: Midwinter Stylecraft coffee set

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

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vintage 1950s Midwinter Stylecraft coffee set for sale on eBay for Charity by & on behalf of Lindsey Lodge Hospice(ends 21 Aug, 2014 20:37:49 BST)

This 1950s Midwinter Stylecraft coffee set is definitely something very special! We can’t seem to find any images or reference to the pattern online or in our vintage pottery books. That makes it a pretty rare thing! The coffee set consists of 6 cups & saucer with coffee pot all in very good condition. This fabulous mid-century modern set is up for sale by Lindsey Lodge Hospice* based over in Scunthorpe.

Its starting bid is only £4.50, and surprisingly no one has had a punt yet. What are you waiting for? Get over there and bid!

*Lindsey Lodge Hospice exists to provide a range of specialist services to people with cancer and other life limiting conditions in North Lincolnshire. They aim to enhance the quality of life and to support the patients and those who are dear to them.



DSW Chair

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

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reproduction yellow DSW chair from Metro Furniture with antique furniture

We’ve just received this reproduction Charles Eames-designed DSW chair for review from Metro Furniture.

reproduction yellow DSW chair from Metro Furniture in our craft room

It works well as a dining chair, office or desk chair. It would also sit nicely in the corner of a bedroom or lounge too – providing a lovely flash of colour and offering an occasional seat for larger gatherings.

reproduction yellow DSW chair from Metro Furniture at our kitchen table

The DSW is available in eleven different colours, our favourite being this gorgeous, sunny yellow.

detail of a wooden leg on a reproduction yellow DSW chair from Metro Furniture

The chair arrives in 2 pieces and it’s an easy job attaching the moulded plastic seat to the metal & blonde wood base with the Allen key supplied. It’s a very affordable option retailing at just £50.00.

reproduction yellow DSW chair from Metro Furniture with collection of fat lava pottery vases

We think it looks great with a range of interior styles and we’ve combined it with mid century modern & antique furniture pieces whilst assessing it in our house. It sits very well with our 1960s fat lava floor vases, provided a good functional seat when combined with our rustic kitchen table or rustic pine workbench… and we love the contrast of the modern yellow moulded plastic with the rich, dark 18th century fruit-wood table that we tried.

detail of reproduction yellow DSW chair from Metro Furniture

Original pieces are fabulous, but they don’t always come within budget – especially if buying a set of 4 or 6 chairs. Metro Furniture offers a good alternative in the form of these practical and stylish reproductions.

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