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1950s G Plan Butterfly Chairs

After being fooled by the last set I bought, I was much more cautious when I spotted these chairs wrapped in plastic in the junk shop. Fortunately the gold makers stamp on the underside of each chair meant I didn’t have to quibble about it for too long! Painting the ebony frames, polishing the butterfly back rests & reupholstering the seat pads in a gorgeous quilted teal bought them back to their iconic best. Sold**

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Tola Tombola

August 11, 2013

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G Plan Chest of Drawers 1958
The 1950s fashion for black legs and brass fittings gave birth to G Plan’s ‘Liberenza’ range. This chest with its gilt capped feet, distinctive ebonised base & tola wood construction make it instantly recognisable as one of several pieces from the range. Not knowing much about tola wood I wasn’t instantly taken by this chest and nearly left it behind. But its charming brass loop handles won me over and a quick paint touch up has made it gleam like new.

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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**

‘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!

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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**

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**

Top Drawer

October 15, 2011


1964 Austinsuite Chest of Drawers
I still kick myself for letting go of this one! Designed by Frank Guille for high end manufacturer Austinsuite, these wonderful chests have become the only way to store your clothes! Guille held the belief that ‘function lies within form’ and he demonstrated this effortlessly with his body of work, and this piece with its scalloped handles & tapered feet is no exception. The distinctly Danish appearance teamed with the richness of the teak really does make it stand out from its peers. I rescued this one from a charity shop – the vendour even knocked £5 off for a scratch it was carrying, which I quickly remedied to get it looking as good as new. Sold**