Today I'm thinking about 'KITE STRINGS' designed in 1955 by David Parsons for Heals Fabrics Ltd. It's a gorgeous atomic design with a strong scientific influence and has become something of a 1950s classic! The gorgeous zingy bright colourways this beautiful fabric was produced in , added a real lift to 50s homes after the gruelling war years.
It was produced in at least 3 different colourways; red, yellow and a very rare mauve-grey...here's a picture of the red colourway .
We have all 3 colour ways in stock and will be adding the wall- art and cushions to our new textile collection very soon...
Love Vintage Furniture has been collecting ( and adoring) Lucienne Day's wonderful textile designs.... we've had some stretched and mounted as wall art and popped them into our latest collection update...we chose; MEZZANINE; MISCELLANY; LINDEN & TICKER TAPE for starters...
We had a visit last week from furniture designer and maker Liam Treanor. He came to have a good look around our warehouse for ideas and inspiration.
We both have a passion for mid century Danish design, particularly Finn Juhl and Arne Jacobsen.
The Arne Jacobsen Ant chairs and Egg table (Myran) suite is a wonderful example of design from this period, combining intricate production techniques with amazing materials to create a simple yet beautiful design.
(This suite is available on our website)
One of my favourite pieces from this era is Finn Juhl's Chieftain chair. I haven't found one yet, or even come close for that matter but one day I would love to own one.
You can really see the Danish influence in Liam's designs, have a look at the Alvar Aalto inspired Carabao chair at - www.liamtreanor.co.uk
it's getting all Chrismassy at the LVF warehouse ! I was down there earlier and it was baubles everywhere for styling our half-page ad in the December edition of Elle Decoration....that Merrow Associates Daybed is seriously sexy even though we do say so ourselves!
however - I need to keep my mind on.... cushions! .....we've got ooodles of them in all sorts of fabulous fabric combos; vintage and contemporary designs, tartans, checks, linens , wools and silks.
here's an image of our latest offering - this gorgeous autumnal Liberty of London Ianthe fabric with Titley & Marr check wool back..stuffed with the softest and plumpest feather pad.
you can find our cushions for sale on Folksy - www.folksy.com/shops/lovevintagefurniture - and we will, in the very near future, be adding a page on the website for cushions and our new range of vintage fabric wall art... some very rare lucienne day , barbara brown and david whitehead designs !
We're thrilled to see the absolutely beautiful home of our friend Louise Presley (check out her beautiful work at www.hopeandelvis.com) in the November edition of BBC Homes & Antiques magazine....it really is so inspiring and really makes me want to whip the sewing machine out! Delighted that Louise asked us to put some of our pieces in for the photo shoot ...we gave her free run of the warehouse and she decided on the 1950s Ronald Long wing backed sofa and armchair which looked absolutely perfect in her front room.
Happy to say that the Beeb thought so as well and we are loving the full page photo showing it in all it's reworked glory!!
We are delighted to get a mention in their 'get the look' with a image of the Ernest Race DA1 armchair....
...and even better - both the Ernest Race and the 50s armchair are now 'reserved' !!
Just thought I should explain the slightly unusual intro page.
We wanted to show different components of the Merrow associates daybed in a kind of factory like production line style. This image visualizes the restoration process each of our pieces go through.
We've been waiting a while for a Leather hide large enough to upholster the daybed with and finally have one that fits the bill. The chrome legs and supports are just stunning and along with the steel framed base show off the strong architectural and engineering roots of the company.
I think we might use the daybed for our christmas Elle decoration ad so should be available on the website early November...
At long last we have reupholstered our original vintage Florence Knoll for Knoll suite and it's looking stupendously desirable. We bought this just over a year ago in rather a sad & sorry state. It was the seating used in The Prodigy's recording studio in Liam Howlett's house - so has Rock Star credentials!
It's been painstakingly and lovingly reupholstered in a sublime 100% graphite grey wool and is ready to take centre stage when we show at Tent London later on this month - here are some 'before & after' shots
Knoll says of this iconic suite " like so many of her groundbreaking designs that became the gold standard for the industry, Florence Knoll\s 1954 lounge collection has made its way into the pantheon of modern classics"
Sneaky peek of our October ad in Elle Decoration ....just in time to announce that we will be showing our unique collection of mid-century modern pieces at Tent London.
We had a SPECTACULAR August and sold some of our most beautiful pieces; the Askel Quistgaard and MERROW rosewood sideboard were snapped up by the same discerning buyer - he also bought the exquisite teak sideboard shown in one of our earlier blogs.
We delivered the Walter Knoll Wenge desk and the Brazilian rosewood and black leather sofa to our delightful client in Edinburgh ! De Sede is Brussels bound - the Hvidt is 'reserved'...what a month!!
Gonna make this a short but sweet entry because I really should be bathing Rosie the White dog!
Another OoD to drool over - the perfectly formed Butterfly chair....I bought this chair for £30 off Swinderby ,it did have a broken leg but Jack repaired that long ago...I will NEVER EVER part with this chair!
The official name for this OoD (object of desire) is the tongue-tripping '510 Slide Leg Extending Table'..imagine saying that for the 50th time on a hot Saturday afternoon in the 60s!
It still makes the OoD list because it's GORGEOUS!
Quirky Ercol fact to share...the 510 tables produced in the 1960s are slightly narrower than the later 1970s models - only by a tiddly 2cm but makes a really big difference in terms of aesthetics...after nearly 10 years of buying, selling, restoring and re-upholstering vintage Ercol pieces, i'm full of quirky facts - would you like to hear more..?
It's become one of Ercol Furniture best loved vintage pieces and has enjoyed a huge revival in interest over the last four or five years. I heard tell it was going to be re-issued in collaboration with Designers Guild - seems like a pretty good marriage to me .
We've lovingly restored a few of these - the images show just three examples for you to feast your eyes upon...enjoy....
So apparently one has to blog every day in order for it to make a difference. Another thing to do every day, that's quite a scary thought - I already don't do all the things I'm meant to do every day....clean the house...walk the black & white dogs...cook the dinner and now I'm spending my entire day thinking about how and what to write on this blog of ours. Well they say 'practise makes perfect'.
Yesterday everything I wrote kept magically turning into Hindi before my very eyes...but super-smart Sophia has fixed that pesky little problem and so here i go....
and by the way, so is Love Vintage Furniture - you can now find us selling our wares on KlassikMobelkunst.com and Folksy.com.
Our latest upholstered furniture is just making its way into the warehouse - a quirky 1970s low-slung beech & chrome swivel chair upholstered in ALBA ( we love ALBA) by DESIGNERS GUILD ( we love DG too) and a pair of GRETE JALK for FRANCE & SON armchairs in a very sexy grey pinstripe wool - looks like they may be heading straight into our latest container for Taiwan so here could well be the only place you ever get to see the little beauties.. I wanted to show you the chair but now the image uploader has gone all shy on me...hey ho ...I'm pressing the 'publish' button.....
I've been searching through our design books and online archives, from the V&A to the Danish Museum of Art for a few unidentified pieces. We have a beautiful rosewood table made by Heals that Once I saw, I fell completely in love with! Its a great example of the Heals craftsmanship and an interesting design, using tubular steel legs set into wooden supports. Possibly designed by Anthony Heal.
We have a lovely teak sideboard which has also stumped me! We bought this piece along with a rare Poul Volther daybed which is going through the upholstery process soon... The sideboard is probably Danish and late 1950's. It has a handle similar to a Wegner model for Ry and drawers similar to a Hvidt Soborg Mobler sideboard but I cant find it anywhere.
My job is a great deal easier when they are stamped. Although, when searching for specific items I generally come across something i wasn't looking for. Recently I discovered a Works design sofa bed for Gplan which I found whilst researching the Heals table. The sofa bed is now re-upholstered and earmarked for Tent London. I've attached a few images of the table and the mystery Danish sideboard, any ideas?
It's not all just about our gorgeous mid-century modern furniture. Here we are slap bang - right in the middle of getting a new PM and the first time that Josh & Sophie have ever known a Conservative Government. The Love/Tindall household has also been 'hung' over the last few days but we too have now negotiated our way to a coalition and agreed on who will walk the dogs...feed the cat and put the bins out!! Rule Britannia....here we go..xx
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