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.