Thursday, 3 July 2014
I recently picked up a rocking chair - not incredibly 'vintage' (probably less than 30 years old), but a good shape and well built - possibly G Plan. The cushions had seen better days though and when a customer showed an interest in buying the chair I suggested doing it up for her in a patchwork style, using lots of lovely blue and grey fabric scraps I had lying around in the studio. I left the frame in its original blond wood state as I felt it matched the 'Scandinavian' look of the patterned fabrics and style of the chair. This is the result. I'm pretty pleased with it and I am sure it'll look lovely in its new home!
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Create an eclectic country cottage look with this vintage Ercol style suite, glass light shades and upcycled kitchen dresser.
Wonderful vintage cottage suit Ercol-style. Painted cream and with new foam cushions in sage green. £195.00 for the sofa, chairs £125.00 each or buy the whole set for £395.00. Width of sofa approx 120cm, chair 70cm.
Please contact me to arrange a viewing or to purchase.
Lovely delicate glass pendant light shades. One small, one larger. Great for kitchen or hallway. £15.00 and £25.00.
Beautifully painted and lightly distressed kitchen dresser in duck egg blue eggshell paint. perfect for your country kitchen. Top shelf bit can come off. Dimensions 170 (incl top bit) x 96 x 45cm. £195
Thursday, 22 May 2014
Thursday, 15 May 2014
"Oh my goodness, my mum had one just like that!"....
"It's like walking into my auntie's house"....
"I know folk who burnt a whole lot of these on the bonfire, that's what they used to do"
Yep, that's what I hear in my shop almost on a weekly basis! I sell old furniture that for some people is too much 'like their childhood', or is 'too recent' for others. But I love it. And this is why.
|The wonderful Mies van der Rohe pavillion in Barcelona|
|Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen, |
who made the famous 'Ant' chair
|The Eames DSW chair|
It is the attention to detail, the love for material and the belief that 'form follows function' rather than to adorn a piece of furniture - or building - with unnecessary decoration, that make these 'vintage' designs into timeless classics. Buildings are 'light and open' instead of dark and heavy and so are the chairs, tables and sideboards.
|Danish architect Finn Juhl's house in Copenhagen. http://www.finnjuhl.com/inspiration/inspiration-finn-juhls-house-copenhagen-2/|
|A Danish style sideboard combined with a Mies van der Rohe 'Barcelona' day bed and some bold artwork. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/259027416041155470/|
|A 1960s tallboy that may have ended up on the bonfire if I hadn't |
rescued it, polished it up and painted the outside grey to cover
the stained top.
When you visit my little shop you will often find teak sideboards and chests of drawers, 1960s dining room sets and Scandinavian looking armchairs of at least 40 years old. Some pieces I paint when I think they look better in a different colour or are too damaged to sell as they are. Some chairs I recover to give them an updated look. But all items are chosen because I really liked them.
The word 'vintage' is terribly trendy at the moment and the word 'retro' always reminds me of brown and orange psychedelic wallpaper (and that matching Hornsea coffee set). When I select furniture for the shop I go for pieces that have a beautiful shape, are well made and would look just as good in a modern home as they did 50 or so years ago. While I can’t promise you that all pieces found at Nina's Apartment are designed by famous architects and designers (but I do my best to hunt them down!), I do promise that they will be great examples of beautiful & classic design.
|Is this 1960s dining set still reminding you of your auntie's house? |
|A great looking dining room with some prime examples of mid-century modern design|