Monday, May 30, 2011


Busy weekend. Time for a nice sit down on my new find....a really comfortable 1970s Italian chair in a fab retro green wool finish and tubular chrome legs. POA

Friday, May 27, 2011


These original Bersa pieces by Stig Lindberg have just arrived in time for the May Flea in Dublin this Sunday 29th.This design introduced in 1960 is fast becoming a favourite with international collectors of mid century retro design and its effect can be seen resonating in many designs being produced today. Don't miss this rare chance to get your hands on an original piece of iconic Scandinavian design.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


When reading about great mid century design it is usually Scandinavian, American and UK designers that get the most attention but it is worthwhile noting that there were other countries at the cutting edge of design at the time. Hungary is a great example, producing some of the best designers of their day and some of the most innovative furniture, lighting and textile designs in the post war period. Look out for the work of Pál Vincze, Júlia Gaubek and László Heczendorfer amongst others. One of the best known designs of the 50s is the Nagasaki 3 legged chair by Mathieu Mátegot (above) and the good news is that is has been re-released in red and yellow and will cost around £300, which isn't bad when you consider and original 1950s version sold recently at auction for £5,000.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Packing last few boxes for the Dublin Brocante tomorrow in Newmarket Square. Lots of new items having a day out and these two Cathrineholm coffee pots will be joining a fantastic collection of mid-century furniture and collectables. Pop along and say hello!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


This fabulous iconic Worcester ware magazine rack, featuring musical instruments in various bright colours, is a must have for any serious retro collector. Eagle eyed followers of this blog will remember a similar one I had a couple of months ago which was snapped up within 24hours. I have tracked down another of these rare 50s beauties and this one will make it to the Dublin Brocante this Sunday 15th in Newmarket Square.

Monday, May 9, 2011


Stig Lindberg's enduring design, Bersa, is one of the most sought after Mid Century Scandinavian patterns. Introduced in 1960, Bersa's green leaves became his most recognised motif and featured as the catalogue cover of his retrospective in National Museum Stockholm in 2006. I have some pieces of Bersa for sale at the moment, and first up is this great original vintage lidded butter dish which shows a lot of this stunning pattern.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


We have a new arrival in the kirkmodern Stig Lindberg family - a baby Spektrum gourd...aaahhhhh! You can see a similar large version if you visit the V&A exhibition in London.

Monday, May 2, 2011


This Kosta glass vase from 1950s designed by Vicke Lindstrand is a rare find. Beautiful crystal clear glass with a single graphic strand of black grass perfectly outlines this abstract, signed piece of Swedish mid century design. POA

Sunday, May 1, 2011


We have a very discerning modernist cat who gets to pick which retro classic he would like to lie on. This week he is mostly choosing the 1958 Arne Jacobsen 'Egg' chair accessorized with the Jacqueline Groag cushions from 1952 - a good choice!