Thursday, September 30, 2010


This German ceiling light is a fantastic original piece from the 1950s. A glass 'flying saucer' suspended on a single column with double light fitting, it sports a cosmic design which must have been so modern when it was produced evoking dreams of Sputnik floating around outer space. Available now.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


An area of mid century collecting that has really taken off in recent years is vintage fabric. Lesley Jackson, in her 20th Century pattern Design book comments that " Given the obvious appeal of textiles and wallpapers, it has always surprised me that surface pattern has been so often marginalized within the mainstream histories of 20th Century Design". Good design pieces are getting harder to find, and anything that still has the printed selvedge, or is attributable, has just rocketed in price. I have written before about the fantastic designs of Jacqueline Groag, but there are still some contemporary pieces out there by other artists. This beautiful heavy printed cotton produced in the 1950s by David Whitehead, who coincidentally produced a lot of designs for Groag, is a beautiful bright colourful and geometric design that is typical of the style and palette of the modernist era.

Monday, September 27, 2010


Can't find that perfect mid century modern sofa? Why not just build your own?

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Own a piece of history with this beautiful Eames stacking chair. Designed in 1948 by Charles & Ray Eames, and featured in Museum of Modern Art in New York, this chair is a design classic. This padded version was made by Herman Miller and comes with all the original glides and fully stamped with the HM embossed logo. A really comfortable chair which oozes class.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Two fantastic and rare Dansettes have just popped up. A funky red and cream Dansette Major DeLuxe complete with light up Dansette logo, and this rare beauty in cream and aqua. This is the Dansette Bermuda which was the only one that came with sputnik legs and was the top dawg when it came to 'portable' record players in the 50s and 60s. Get your vinyl out!

Monday, September 20, 2010


Some great new pieces arrived just in time for the Dublin Flea this coming Sunday. First up is this great little Danish armchair in oatmeal fabric with fantastic curved wooden arms. For more info and price, contact me at

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Always nice to come across a new piece of Upsala Ekeby and tick another box in the beautiful book by Karin Soderland. This little tricorn dish is by Hjordis Oldfors from her 1957 Askfat designs.

Monday, September 13, 2010


Just taken delivery of this stunning sideboard made in 1957 by Gordon Russell. The compact size houses two side cabinets with shelves and three drawers with a cutlery section and comes complete with it's original badge. This handmade cabinet is illustrated in the new G Plan book as an example of the fine handcrafted furniture that was 1950s contemporary. The unit measures 60x34x17 stands on a beautifully tapered teak base and is available immediately. Contact for more information.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Good original Herbert Terry anglepoise lamps are getting harder to find - but I have just found three!
One black one from the 1930s and a black and cream from the 1950s, they all have the original HT stamp on the fork, and all have been re wired and are ready to go. Contact me at for more details.

Sunday, September 5, 2010


This exquisite mid-century end table/coffee table has just arrived - a really top notch piece of the highest quality rarely seen this side of the pond. This handsome table was designed by Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard Nielson (R&L below) for France & Son in 1957 and hand crafted in Denmark. A gently tapered shape made of solid teak with a woven cane undershelf, this piece, from the Minerva range, has elegant clean lines and beautifully tactile curved edges.
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Thursday, September 2, 2010


A sunburst clock can be a great focal point for any retro interior and this is one of the nicest ones I have come across. It's an Anstey & Wilson from 1960 and doesn't have the usual metal rays of the more common Metamec clocks. The teak sunbursts give it a softer edge and warmer feel.