Designer Desire: Antonio Frasconi

Mosaic of Antonio Frasconi artworks | H is for Home

Antonio Frasconi (1919 – 2013) was an illustrator best known for his woodcut prints, especially the ones in his award-winning 1950s children’s book, The House That Jack Built, a picture book in two languages. and See and Say, a picture book in four languages. He often produced books in multiple languages; namely English, Italian, French and Spanish. A great way to learn a new language – whatever your age may be!

Frasconi was born in Argentina, grew up in Uruguay and, aged 26, moved to the USA. In addition to his work for children he produced very political works on subjects such as the Vietnam War and ‘Los Desaparecidos’ (The disappeared), the people tortured and killed during the Uruguayan Dictatorship in the 197s and 80s.

As well as his own books, he designed numerous covers and illustrations for the works of other authors and poets including:

  • Dylan Thomas – Reading a Child’s Christmas in Wales | Narrating Under Milk Wood (LP records)
  • Herman Melville – On the Slain Collegians
  • Walt Whitman – Overhead the Sun
  • Jan Wahl – The Little Blind Goat
  • Ruth Krauss – The Cantilever Rainbow
  • Henri Pirenne – Medieval Cities: Their Origins and the Revival of Trade
  • André Gide – Strait is the Gate | If It Die
  • Glenway Wescott – 12 Fables of Aesop
  • Titus Burkhardt – Alchemy

Antonio Frasconi at work

Image credits:

Invaluable | Pinterest | Moma | Amazon

Our new shop space

Shopfront of our new shop space | H is for Home

In a recent blog post about a Blomus tea set, we mentioned our new shop space.

Empty shopfront of our new shop space | H is for Home

Well, here it is! It’s an attractive corner plot directly opposite the antiques centre from where we currently sell. This was a good opportunity to spread things out a bit. We’re sharing the shop with a couple of other dealers.

Looking out into the street from our new shop space | H is for Home

Our space has got a lovely, big display window.

Neglected window box outside our new shop space | H is for Home

…and a neglected window box which had potential to look very pretty.

Justin standing in the street outside our new shop space | H is for Home

So, what to do next!  Mmmm… let’s mull this over.

Bringing stock into our new shop space | H is for Home

We moved into the space over a couple of days. We wanted to combine our twin loves of mid century modern and rustic country styles.

Setting up our new shop space | H is for Home

And here are the results. We hope it looks like the kind of shop in which you’d like to browse. If you ever get the chance to visit, we’re right next to the library in Todmorden – at the junction of Hall Street and Rochdale Road. Picturehouse Antiques, where we also sell from, is directly across the road – and there are loads of good places to get coffee and cake close by!

Collection of wooden vintage bobbins in the window of our new shop space | H is for Home

Justin took lots of snaps which we’ve included below to give you a good feel of the new place. We hope to see you there one day!

New H is for Home shop space | H is for Home

Setting up our new shop space | H is for Home

Detail of an antique miniature chest of drawers for sale in our new shop space | H is for Home

Setting up our new shop space | H is for Home

Display of antique wooden items for sale in our new shop space | H is for Home

Setting up our new shop space | H is for Home

Detail of spindles from an antique country chair | H is for Home

Setting up our new shop space | H is for Home

Setting up our new shop space | H is for Home

Setting up our new shop space | H is for Home

Trio of blue vintage objects for sale in our new shop space | H is for Home

Setting up our new shop space | H is for Home

Chemist fittings in the new shop space next to ours | H is for Home

Chemist fittings in the new shop space next to ours | H is for Home

Chemist fittings in the new shop space next to ours | H is for Home

Anatomical figure of a cow in the new shop space next to ours | H is for Home

Anatomical figure of a pig in the new shop space next to ours | H is for Home

Detail from a Frogman piece in the new shop space next to ours | H is for Home

New H is for Home shop space | H is for Home

Get their look: Vintage furnished Victorian railway carriage

Vintage furnished Victorian railway carriagecredit

This vintage furnished Victorian railway carriage home belongs to Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire, owners of Minimoderns. Keith and Mark design & produce a range of beautiful homewares, much of which can be found decorating their home.

The railway carriage is located down in Dungeness on the Kent coastline. We love the distinctive scenery and unique atmosphere that Dungeness offers. It’s attracted many artists and designers over the years – and lots of ground-breaking architecture too.

There’s a sparseness to the landscape – and the Scandinavian mid century modern simplicity of their décor suits the environment and the railway carriage supremely well.

  1. Hooked E27 Bakelite lamp holder
  2. Bright orange round fabric lighting cable | 3 core
  3. Trentham green bull money box designed by Colin Melbourne
  4. Vitra Alexander Girard wooden doll
  5. Attache record player – blue
  6. Hornsea Pottery bird ashtray/pin dish by John Clappison
  7. Green Riihimäki art glass vase
  8. Set of 4 ceramic beakers
  9. Jacquet cushion – Tangerine Dream
  10. Darjeeling cushion – Tangerine Dream
  11. Pavilion linen fabric – Harvest Orange

Get their look: Vintage furnished Victorian railway carriage | H is for Home

Designer Desire: Celestino Piatti

Mosaic of Celestino Piatti designs | H is for Home

We’ve long had a soft spot for the illustrations of Celestino Piatti (1922-2007). He was a Swiss designer best known for his children’s book illustrations and poster and postage stamp designs.

For years, we’ve been hoping to happen across a pristine 1st edition 1965 copy of his Animal ABC in a charity shop somewhere. It doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon – thankfully, you can get new copies online.

Celestino Piatti

Much of his work has distinctive thick, rough, black outlines with bright ‘colouring in’ – almost child-like but incredibly beautiful. He had a few motifs which he kept returning to again & again; owls, the sun with a face and cockerels.

Additional image credits

Artnet | Invaluable | Pinterest | Poster Gallery

Get their look: Eclectic dining room

Eclectic dining room

We love absolutely everything about this eclectic dining room. Where do we start? The balanced mix of vintage and new. The soft grey walls. The shiny metallics introduced via the copper standard lamp and table lamp. The flashes of orange in that huge overhead glass pendant light. The colour of the moulded plastic Panton chairs which is cleverly picked up in the seat cushion on the Ercol armchair. The oversized Chinese Lady print. We’d gladly give it all house room chez H is for Home.

  1. Tom Dixon Base copper floor lamp
  2. Kartell ‘Cindy’ table lamp, orange
  3. ‘Chinese Girl’ print by Vladimir Tretchikoff
  4. Ruark R4 MK3 DAB/DAB+/FM/CD Bluetooth all-in-one music system
  5. Vintage extending teak dining table
  6. Ercol Goldsmith armchairs
  7. Verner Panton ‘S’ chair, green
  8. Anglepoise ‘1227’ mini desk lamp

Get their look: Eclectic dining room | H is for Home

Designer Desire: Vera Neumann

Vintage Vera Neumann mosaic | H is for Home

Vera Neumann was an American graphic designer best known for her bold, bright, beautiful silk scarves stamped with her little ladybug symbol.

After her death in 1993, the rights for her work were sold and leased to various organisations who reproduced her designs on clothing and homewares. The most recent I could find was a line of scarves by Target in 1993.

Black & white portrait of Vera Neumann

There’s a lovely looking book all about her work that I wouldn’t mind getting hold of – it’s entitled Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon.

Although there’s a lot of her work still on the market, alas, it’s mostly located in the USA. However, the prices start at such a reasonable level and a scarf is so light that postage costs shouldn’t be exorbitant.

Image credits:

Etsy | 1st Dibs | Replacements | eBay