Alice Roberton visits London for some mid-century magic
The Vintage Home Show at Chiswick Town Hall offers an eclectic mix of furniture, lighting, art, glassware and textiles and is perfect for the discerning mid-century shopper. I found Vintage Home Show organiser Keeley Harris trying out this cane 1960s flower chair on the Winter’s Moon stand.
I caught up with Kate Beavis of Your Vintage Life, who is currently working on a book about vintage homewares and collectables from the 1920s-1980s and how you can embrace these eras within your modern home.
Talking of inspirational homes, Rugby Union player Will Skinner and his girlfriend Alex Gordon, who started an ambitious renovation project on a Georgian terraced house in Wandsworth Town last November, visited the H&A stand. ‘We've created a modern home using many reclaimed and upcycled materials,’ said Will. They bought this cute 1950s bronze passageway light I was selling for Felix Lighting Specialist as the finishing touch to the front of the house.
I loved the Fred & Mabel stand run by Olivia Wood and Bonnie Doman, who sell vintage and retro children’s toys - that Fisher Price ball brought back happy memories!
I was drawn to the wonderful artwork being sold by John Grandfield who had an interesting story to tell: ‘My father Jack Grandfield was a prolific artist in the 1930s and 1940s,' he said. 'His work graced the pages of publications such as Good Housekeeping, Titbits and Woman's Weekly and featured in advertising campaigns for the likes of Butlin's. After his early death in 1949 my mother inherited his works and in turn so did I. I thought it was time for some of the collection to see the light of day.’ John can be contacted on 01225 852558.
If you're looking to add a touch of mid-century magic to your home - be it with a 1950s glass cabinet, an Ercol sideboard or an original artwork then this fair is a must.
H&A will be at the following fairs in the next few weeks
Saturday 27th October, 10.30am-4.30pm Bethnal Green Furniture Flea, York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Sunday 4th November, 10am-4pm Country House Vintage at Arlington Court, Nr Barnstaple, Devon
Thursday 15th November, 10am-4pm Vintage Christmas Boutique at Woburn Abbey, Woburn Park, Bedfordshire
Sunday 18th November, 10.30am-4.30pm Crikey! Christmas Is Coming, Thistle Hotel, Exeter, Devon
Sunday 25th November, 9.30am-4pm Bath Vintage & Antiques Christmas Market, Green Park Station, Bath