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Interior Design and Style - Retro

Vintage has been big news in fashion circles for years, but for those in the know mid-20th century furniture is equally as covetable and can create a striking style statement in your home. As a result, the days when you could find a classic example of 50s or 60s design at a car boot sale, an Eames chair, say, or an Artemide light, are probably long gone. Browse instead through a selection of online resources that done all the hard work for you. The pieces won’t be on sale at bargain basement prices, but it’s a whole lot warmer than a boot fair at 7 in the morning!

www.fearsandkahn.co.uk

It’s worth signing up to the mailing list of this Nottingham-based retailer, as the really interesting pieces of furniture it offers usually sell very quickly. Fans of 1950s furniture from the UK will be in their element on this site – there’s a good selection of sideboards, chests of drawers and wardrobes. The site also does a nice line in vintage film posters from the 1960s.

www.aram.co.uk

The online arm of one of London’s premier destinations for mid-century furniture design, this site is a showcase of the big names who have produced the era’s classic pieces: Le Corbousier, Marcel Breuer and Charles and Ray Eames to name just a few. Zeev Aram opened his first showroom on the King’s Road in 1964 – a time when most of the UK was still firmly in the grip of its love affair with chintz and his modernist stock looked like it had landed from Mars. Shop here for the original version of Mies van der Rohe’s much-copied Barcelona Chair.

www.20thcenturywarehouse.co.uk

This site offers an eclectic mix of hand-picked furniture, lighting and accessories. Danish furniture design had its hey-dey between 1925 and 1975, a period known as mid-century modern – this owners of this site are always on the look out for classic teak and rosewood pieces by designers such as Finn Juhl, Hans. J. Wegner, Borge Morgenson and Arne Jacobsen, and so some real gems can pop up here as a result.

www.take-me-home.co.uk

This Brighton-based shop is very choosy about its stock which means every piece for sale is a must-have item. As well as keeping an eye out for big ‘names’ such as Eames or Robin Day, owner Leon Collyer sticks to sourcing things that are a little bit different. As such things sell quickly making this the online equivalent of staking out a decent junk shop – it’s a waiting game!

www.retrouvius.com

This site offers a mixture of salvaged items, such as fireplaces, doors, flooring and mouldings, with vintage furniture. Currently the place to go for the classic ‘Race Rocker’ chair, the reissue of the classic 1948 Ernest Race chair manufactured exclusively for Retrouvious. In keeping with the company’s salvage sensibilities, the chair is upholstered in a choice of specially sourced post war fabrics.