Saturday, December 24, 2011


To all our customers and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2012!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


This beautiful complete vintage coffee set by Meakin is sure to bring some sunshine into cold winter days. Designed by Jessie Tait in 1969, the "Inca" pattern was very popular for its geometric orange colourway and scientific cross-section detail which was de riguer in the early 1970s. POA

Friday, December 16, 2011


The last Dublin Flea of the year is on this Sunday and it will be crammed full of the best selection of original retro items in Ireland. Get down early on Sunday to grab some of the new stock making a debut including this fabulous 1970s iconic 'lounge' light in glowing orange perpex. Groovy baby! www.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


This neat little Schreiber sideboard has arrived just in time for the last Dublin Flea of the year this Sunday 18th - Weighing in at just 152cm long by 43cm deep, this is a really useful piece of furniture and is sure to get snapped up by a lucky retro fiend with an eye for a bargain. Last weekend the Christmas Cracker 2 Day Flea was absolutely crammed, so don't miss out this Sunday, get there early to get the pick of the great authentic vintage retro bargains.

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Carl Harry Stålhane (1920-1990) is a legendary Swedish art ceramist with a more than 40 year long career at Rörstrand pottery. This is a beautiful unique studio pottery dish which is typical of his experimental style with glazes. A large shallow dish in earthy tones and rugged form with thickly applied glaze it would make a great table centrepiece. POA

Friday, December 9, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Christmas seems to be speeding towards us and it's time to make plans. We will be appearing at the Dublin Flea Block T Christmas Cracker two day extravaganza next Saturday & Sunday in Smithfield Square. This is going to be Dublin's BIGGEST Christmas market featuring all the best Vintage and Reto dealers in one place. Check out and for details. We will be taking a great selection of newly sourced collectables and furniture. For starters feast your mince pies on this 1.5 metre long Scandinavian solid teak coffee table, just one of the new pieces for sale next weekend. POA

Saturday, December 3, 2011


This is a beautiful pot in clear rich colours with a brilliant, crisp and attractive design. COMEDIA was designed by Stig Lindberg and Bibi Breger for Gustavsberg. Bibi Breger was a young designer at Gustavsberg 1953-1957 and brought a fresh touch for modern Scandinavian design to Gustavsberg studio. This series was produced for a very short period of time in the mid fifties and is rarely seen for sale. A real collectors piece. Poa

Thursday, December 1, 2011


This stunning credenza unit by Austinsuite has just arrived at kirkmodern. A really long low and sleek teak unit made in the 1960s this will give you loads of storage space and still retain that essential mid century look. Dimensions are 165cm long x 44 deep x 69 high, POA

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


A big thanks to The Irish Times for featuring kirkmodern selection in their Christmas Special Gift & Shopping Guide. Here are the pieces that were featured.... A selection of original 1960s Carltonware ceramic moneyboxes in various bright colours and shapes including an Owl, Ark, Piggy and Train.
Various vintage prints by Tretchikoff, Shabner and J.H.Lynch. A selection of framed original vintage Penguin Paperbacks from the 1930s to 1950s. A 1950s upcycled artists' palette table in eye popping acid green with original sputnik legs. For prices and a list of other special vintage Christmas ideas drop a line to 

Monday, November 28, 2011


This fantasic mid century desk has just arrived at kirkmodern. Made of solid darkened oak it has plenty of storage with 2 drawers and a deeper file drawer under a great expanse of workspace. Lovely patination and obviously used and loved this desk has all the character and charm you would expect from an authentic 1950s piece of craftsmanship. Dimensions are 136 long x 75 deep x 76 high.      POA geoff@kirkmodern

Saturday, November 26, 2011


We will have a limited number of framed posters available before Christmas and to complete the trio of "Alphabet of Design Classics" and "Eyetest" is this little stunner "Alphabet Designer Orangina" featuring a great selection of bold graphic representations of mid century classic designs. Great unusual present for the design enthusiast... and unique to kirkmodern. Get your orders in soon! For more details contact - or drop into the Dublin Flea tomorrow 27th and have drool.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


These vintage storage boxes are unique to kirkmodern and last year and they sold out immediately. Really useful in the kitchen for counter top storage and display, these guys are always a big hit with interior designers and people with an eye for something different. Happily we have sourced a fresh supply and they will be making their way to the Dublin Flea this Sunday 27th and the Block T & Dublin Flea Christmas Cracker on 10th/11th December. Get in first and reserve your favourite by email

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


This is one to watch for the future. The Clam storage box designed by ALAN FLETCHER one of the most influential figures in British design and a founder of Pentagram. Designed in 1968 and made by Mebel in Italy, this stunning design was produced in a number of colours, the bright primaries are now the most sought after and highly collectable. Original examples now being snapped up at Mid Century Auctions in US and Japan. This fully stamped original orange and yellow Clam will be available at the Dublin Flea this Sunday 27th along with some fabulous new finds unique to kirkmodern. For more information on new arrivals just send an email to for a full list.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Our designer chair "EyeTest" framed poster was a big hit earlier this year and was snapped up in double quick time. We are glad to announce that we will have a limited number of framed posters available before Christmas and the first to be released is this beautiful and colourful "Alphabet of Design Classics" featuring a bold graphic who's who of mid century design. All the big names are there, Eames, Bertoia, Zeisel, Saarinen and Nelson. A great present for the design enthusiast... or a great reminder of which design classic box you have to tick. Get your orders in soon! For more details, or sneak preview of other designs available contact

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


"The mother of all destinations for 20C design classics and modern collectables"
Midcentury Modern, Sunday 20 November 2011, Dulwich College, London SE21 7LD 
There is much excitement being generated by pre show articles in Time Out, Elle Deco, The Observer Magazine, London Design Guide, MidCentury Magazine and International Design Blogs.
"We are expecting the day to be very busy - pre-show ticket sales are the best to date" says Petra Curtis from MidCentury Modern.
kirkmodern will be showing a selection of iconic Scandinavian Design by top designers including this absolutely stunning and unique large scoop bowl in Spektrum design by Swedish designer Stig Lindberg.
The standard at Modernshows makes it "the best mid-century modern show in Europe."  A chance for design enthusiasts to see the best in Mid Century design and rub shoulders with artists such as Dinos Chapman and Mike Nelson, SCP’s Sheridan Coakley, Britain’s top furniture Designers Russell Pinch and Matthew Hilton, Mary Portas – Mary Queen of Shops, South Bank buyers, Tate Shop buyers, The Crafts Council, The Conran Design team, Camilla Nicholls – Frieze, collector Dominic Palfreyman, curator Bruce Haines, Tent and Origin’s Ian Rudge, top property developers, interior designers, stylists and many celebrities spotted shopping at previous Midcentury Modern Shows.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


kirkmodern will be showing a selection of iconic Scandinavian Design by top designers at Midcentury Modern, Sunday 20 November 2011, Dulwich College, London SE21 7LD
The mother of all destinations for 20C design classics and modern collectables.
Media-backed by Elle Decoration and a Time Out top London attraction.
Don't miss it!

Saturday, November 12, 2011


This is an exciting find from my recent UK trip - an Eames wire chair with Eiffel tower base and original "Bikini" seat pads in a groovy 50s green. Introduced in 1951 this chair was an immediate success due to the strong but lightweight construction. Distinctively Eames, the wire chair is a design icon and a great statement piece in any setting. POA:

Friday, November 11, 2011


Nice early example of a G Plan coffee table. Solid teak top with ebonised sprung legs and magazine shelf, this model is from the 1950s and is in pristine condition. POA

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Continuing on an Industrial Theme.... these four little Belgian beauties have just arrived at kirkmodern. Very unusual tripod steel legs, which make them great for stacking, and rich nut brown bentwood seats and backs, these are without doubt the best industrial seats you will see this side of the pond. POA as usual

Sunday, November 6, 2011


This industrial chair has just arrived. With metal spider legs and bentwood back and seat it has a beautiful simplicity and elegance. A fully adjustable seat and backrest make this a surprisingly comfortable desk chair and a stylish addition to an Industrial interior. POA

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


A really comfortable retro rocking armchair is hard to beat, and this is one of the best I have found. Made by Cintique, a traditional furniture maker established in 1908, this is a really solid piece of furniture that will last a lifetime. Solid ash frame fitted with their unique Spring Rocker System and covered in a soft moss green velour with button back and winged arms, this chair is in tip top condition and is one of the most comfortable vintage chairs you will ever sit in. For price and details of free delivery in Dublin area contact

Monday, October 31, 2011


Apartments and houses seem to be getting smaller and storage space is at a premium, so it's no surprise that I get asked most often for neat pieces of furniture that have a retro look. Several smaller pieces have just arrived including bedside cabinets, chest of drawers and sideboards, and this has to be the cutest sideboard on the block. A small G Plan unit, 2 drawers with one side cabinet, 91cms long x 40 deep and at an amazingly small price under €140! This piece would be equally at home as a TV unit, bedroom storage or squeezed into an alcove. More details available about this and other new arrivals from

Thursday, October 27, 2011


A good set of teak G Plan nesting tables is hard to beat for any retro interior, and these guys have been given added zing by upcycling them with a hard wearing heat resistant Formica in bright 1950s orange. See them at the Dublin Flea this Sunday.... POA

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


The Dublin Flea is coming up this Sunday and there will be a few Halloween surprises. This vintage teak coffee table will be making a debut, and it has a little surprise of its own. The two outer leaves slide back, smooth as butter, to reveal a Formica centre in apple green. Boo! This fantastic vintage original piece can be yours for under €100. send an email to info@kirkmodern for sizes, or turn up early this Sunday at the Dublin Flea to grab a bargain.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


....but getting there. My collection of Upsala-Ekeby pieces by Hjordis Oldfors is nearly complete now that this stunning vase (with original label) has just arrived. Designed in 1954, these Kokos pieces are all hand crafted, each one slightly different, and are extremely hard to find. They are really tactile pieces with rich matte dark chocolate finish incised with deep cuts of bright yellow glaze.Very understated and extremely elegant.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Industrial design has become a huge part of the MidCentury scene in UK with interior designers. Anatomical and medical posters are now highly collectable and good original examples get snapped up really quickly as very few ever come on the open market. We have this great example by Adam Rouilly & Co printed in London in 1947 - a graphic representation on linen paper with the original roll on pole mounting. In a London shop expect to pay £300+, our price for this one is just €175! For more details, or to view contact -

Monday, October 17, 2011


This beautiful original 1950s kitchen cabinet has just become available. In cream and blue with blue formica worktop and lots of storage, it features original glass sliding doors with etched sunbursts. These cabinets are getting hard to find in good condition and this one is a nice compact size with great sputnik legs raising it slightly off the floor. Price is €225 inc delivery within Dublin. For more info and dimensions email

Friday, October 14, 2011


The 1950s saw many artists becoming involved with the decorative arts. Their stylized designs often reflected the fascination of the time with space, ballet and foreign travel. This beautiful rosewood coffee table has a stunning tiled top decorated with long necked carafes and linear graphics reflecting the influence of Italian design. A compact 93cms long, edged in rosewood with elegant tapered legs, this is a sophisticated, original retro piece. The Dublin Brocante is this Sunday 16th, and this elegant table will be on display. POA

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Fantastic show as usual on Sunday by MidCentury Modern crew. The Paintworks, Bristol is a very cool spot, special mention to the AirStream guys keeping everyone supplied with retro coffee. A great day for Mid Century fans with lots of fantastic pieces on display. I managed to break away for a few minutes to grab these couple of 'owl' ones (thanks Dan & Zoe) from a great selection of Carltonware money boxes.
Onwards to Dulwich on 20th November.

Friday, October 7, 2011


Two stunning stackable teak and orange formica tables, a shag pile rug and an Rorstrand Inger Persson POP vase all making their way to MidCentury Modern @ The Paintworks Bristol this Sunday... what's not to like???


Great little photo album from the 50s.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Packing some pieces for MidCentury Modern in Bristol this Sunday,, and I had forgotten how beautifully delicate this Polish 1950s coffee set was. It will be joining the vast array of mid 20th century goodies on show in The Paintworks in Bristol, come along and submerge yourself in an oasis of great design from the MadMen era.

Monday, October 3, 2011


Any mid century fans in the UK can pop along and see kirkmodern at MidCentury Modern in Bristol this Sunday, Sneak away with some mid-century bargains at the Bristol branch of Time Out magazine's favourite event. If you love sniffing around British, Scandinavian, European and American vintage design for the home this will be your Mecca with original furniture you can buy and have delivered on the spot from household names Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner and George Nelson. See Knoll and Saarinen jostling for space with original film posters, fabrics, lighting and the most collectable ceramics and glass from the post-war period to the late Seventies.
Set in the brilliant Paintworks development in South Bristol which recently won an award for the regeneration of 12 acres of industrial buildings along the banks of the River Avon, where many of the original buildings have been preserved and restored.

Saturday, September 24, 2011


This time it's official. A retro expert in Oz has confirmed that boomerang tables are definitely coming back. The lucky people attending the Dublin Flea tomorrow 25th, RetroRooms in Belfast on 2nd Oct and MidCentury Modern, Bristol on the 9th Oct, will be the first to get their hands on these newly arrived orange formica boomerang side tables (available for right and left handed retro fans) before they fly away. N.B. Please don't ask to have these posted as it really messes up our returns department!

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Busy few weeks ahead kicking off tomorrow with the Dublin Brocante Furniture market, next Sunday 24th is the great monthly Dublin Flea - Then it's off to Belfast for the brill RetroRooms show on Sunday 2nd Oct -, and then hotfooting it to MidCentury Modern, Elle Decoration international show in Bristol on Sunday 9th Oct -! Phew! I am glad I have just taken delivery of our newly restored Scandinavian sofa, I'm going to need a lie down.

Friday, September 16, 2011


The Dublin Brocante takes place this Sunday, and we will be showing a great new selection of recently sourced furniture and collectables. This stunning 1960s Belgian tiled table will no doubt be the star attraction with its bright colourful graphic on a beautiful chrome base. pop in and say hello to retro!

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Apparently it's autumn, at least it is in the northern hemisphere, so to herald the change of seasons and brighten up the shorter days here are some Stig Lindberg dishes for all you 'leaf peepers'!

Monday, August 29, 2011


One of the less well recognized designers at Rorstrand is Inger Persson. Her brightly coloured POP range in the 60s is probably her best known design, this candlestick vase is typical of the range with great saturated colours, and for the serious collector the 'must have' is the teapot in orange. Poptastic!