Posts Tagged ‘vintage’

Classic Reproductions

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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Vintage & reproduction Eames EA 117 chairs side by side
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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
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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.


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.

Charity Vintage: Rörstrand Granada dish

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

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small vintage Rorstrand Granada lidded dish for sale by Teesside Hospice Care Foundation on eBay for Charity (ends 16 Jul, 2014 19:06:07 BST)

If we didn’t already have this cute little Rörstrand Granada dish we’d be bidding on it ourselves to add to our vintage Scandinavian pottery collection! It’s being sold on eBay for Charity by Teesside Hospice Care Foundation.

The Granada pattern was designed by Marianne Westman for Rörstrand of Sweden in the 1950s. It’s a very popular pattern and can be found on all manner of pottery items including oven & tableware, tea services, butter dishes. She also designed other patterns for them including Picknick, Frisco, Pomona, My Garden and the recently reissued Mon Amie.

*Teesside Hospice based in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, was established in 1982 to enhance the lives of local people suffering from advanced cancer and other life limiting illnesses. They care for over 3,000 individuals in the Teesside region and all services are free of charge. Their annual running costs are £2.2million and they receive in the region of one third of these costs from the local NHS and must therefore raise approximately £4,600 each and every day of the year from their own resources.

Charity Vintage: Metamorphic high chair

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

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Vintage metamorphic high chair for sale by & in support of Isabel Hospice
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I bet Betty Draper had a metamorphic high chair like this for her children when they were babies! Look at those red atomic ball feet and red vinyl seat. The kidney-shaped tray is removable and it also converts to a ‘low chair’.

It’s for sale by & in support of Isabel Hospice* with a ‘buy it now’ price of £50. Royal Mail or courier services are offered or the successful bidder can collect from them in 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.

Oh Sew Good!

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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Perivale Sewing box with reels of thread

We bought this lovely vintage shop counter stock display box at auction recently.

detail of Perivale Sewing Silks signage

The blonde wood is a good colour with gorgeous Perivale Sewing Silks advertising to all sides.

Perivale Sewing box

The condition is just how we like it – signs of use from its former life, but not tatty.

side view of Perivale Sewing Silks box

It dates from the 1950s and doesn’t require much imagination to re-purpose in the modern home.

Perivale Sewing Silks box with drawer removed

It’s a tidy crafter’s dream really, with lots of storage compartments for reels, buttons, thimbles, pins and so on.

detail of Perivale Sewing Silks box showing numbered compartments

It provides that perfect vintage touch to a work space – and it’s one of those pieces that gives a little thrill of pleasure every time you use it!