Swingin’ Sixties

May 17, 2014

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1960s Hairpin Leg Formica Table
Hairpin legged furniture seems to be all the rage these days! So I was really pleased to stumble across this original 1960s hairpin leg table in my local junkshop. The yellow formica carries a fab geometric pattern which contrasts wonderfully with the white coated wire legs, and gives a shout out to the sixties era it was made in. Unfortunately I had to pay quite a bit more than my budget usually allows but it was definitely worth the splurge! Sold**

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1950s Curved Telephone Table
Its not often you come across a show stopper like this one. Infact these telephone tables are so rare that I’ve only seen two others for sale in the last 5 years! The curved back rest, sleigh legs & mustard upholstery make it a mid century classic, and an absolute gem of a find! It arrived with some chips to the woodwork and a 1984 telephone directory hidden inside one of the drawers! Following a thorough scrub down & polish its been shipped to its new home in Northern Ireland. Sold**

Alfred Cox For Heals

April 27, 2013

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1950s Alfred Cox Chest of Drawers
British manufacturer Alfred Cox produced high quality designs which retailed in Heals throughout the 1950s & 60s. I’ve generally considered their furniture to be out of my league so I was pretty excited when this striking chest of drawers came my way! Made from veneered walnut panels and sat on wonderful angular legs it screams glamour. Unfortunately the one I have looks like it has been through a warzone, and I’ve never worked with walnut so its restoration should be interesting (aka, long & hardwork, urgh!)

‘Astro’ Delight

February 23, 2013

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‘Astro’ Coffee Table

This is the most collectable coffee table in G Plan’s back catalogue. The popular design dates from 1969 & is attributed to V B Wilkins. We were given one by my husband’s relatives when we moved into our first home – it single handedly started my ‘teak’ love affair and has taken pride of place in our living spaces ever since!

BORN to Rock!

January 26, 2013

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1960s Ercol Grandfather Rocker

This is Ercol rocking chair is super sized for super comfort. Made using solid elm planks & beech wood spindles it really is quite splendid! The seat pad is low & very generous allowing you to tuck right into it – perfect for rocking in front of the fire on a cold winter night. I managed to pick up two of these old relic’s in a nearby junkshop, and even got a discount for buying both! Getting them home in our little car was a bit eventful – we stuffed one in the back & the other took up my spot in the passenger seat leaving me to walk home in the snow! Sold**

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1966 G Plan ‘Fresco’ Chairs
This handsome pair are from the popular ‘Fresco’ range and were designed for G Plan by VB Wilkins. The circular seat pad & curved, padded back rest makes for arguably one of G Plan’s most comfortable chairs – with sufficient padding to park any size behind! They can be found in a variety of fabrics but these have retained their original black vinyl upholstery. I carried them home from a nearby junkshop, which seemed like a good idea until I woke up the next day and couldn’t move my arms from the pain! Sold**

photo1950’s Butterfly Chairs
These are G Plan’s most iconic & instantly recognisable chairs from their earlier Liberenza range. Designed in 1955 by E. Gomme they are uniquely crafted using tola wood curved back rests & ebonised frames. I squealed with joy when I got my hands on a set of these but it turns out mine are a very good copy and not the real thing! Back to the drawing board..

Al ‘Fresco’ Feast!

September 6, 2012

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1960s G Plan Chest
This rather charming 3 drawer teak chest/cabinet is from G Plan’s immensely popular ‘Fresco’ range, which is credited with starting the revolution in Scandinavian style furniture. I spotted the distinctive handles the minute I stepped into the junk shop & with the help of my other half swiftly bundled it into the back of his car and made a quick getaway before anyone else could claim it! The drawers are dovetailed, the lines are clean, the grain pattern is gorgeous and the top drawer hides a lovely cutlery tray (complete with purple velvet lining – fancy!) What more could you want? Sold**

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1950s Retro Bedside Cabinets
Salvaged from an almost certain death – this stylish pair started life as a rather drab looking dressing table set but removing the ghastly mirrors & replacing the drawer handles has given them a new lease of life! The black splayed legs make them an instant retro hit and the petite size provides the perfect diguise for their new life as bedside cabinets. The light weight wood veener frames needed quite a scrub after being banished to the far corner of a junkshop but who would know now that they were ever anything short of fabulous!! Sold**

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1950s Bookcase/Display Cabinet
These old bookcases are often sneered at and ignored in junkshops but in the right environment they can really shine! The sliding glass doors work on simple runners and the shelf feature can be adjusted to sit at two different levels. Often made from solid teak and with elegant proportions they not only look great but are also very practical – the slim line shape means they don’t take up much space and are perfect for storing all those extra books! They won’t be ignored forever so get one while they’re still cheap and before everyone catches on.. Sold**


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1970s Sherbourne Sewing Box

It was hard not to fall in love with this super cute sewing box Рsplayed dansette legs, lift open lid to hide all your treasures & bright red quilted lining inside Рgorgeous! And my delight was aided by its owner letting me have it for £1.50! Saying that removing the old bolted hinges to recover the top was a mini nightmare requiring a trip to B&Q and lots of wood glue. All was quickly forgiven when sizing up the finished product. Sold**