Yes, we have been in business for two years now and how quickly it has flown!
We take some time here to reflect on what we have achieved.
Vintage Matters launched online in October 2015 and we held our first pop up event, at West Elm UK, who have continued to be a great support, as we now have a regular pop up event at the store every three months.
Soon after launch, we were contacted by a design studio, with a brief to supply vintage furniture and accessories to a “an extremely awesome PR, social media and experiential agency”, based in Old Street, London, for their new office space. How could we say no?!
You can read a feature about Vintage Matters, sourcing and supplying vintage furniture and accessories to Citizen, at INEX magazine.
In the Spring of 2016, we were lucky enough and very excited to have our home featured in 25 Beautiful Homes magazine.
In the commercial sector, we were very happy to supply Havas, an award-winning, global advertising and PR company, who were moving to a new HQ, called HKX (Havas Kings Cross) where we supplied vintage furniture for their new cafe, restaurant and reception area.
Our biggest commercial project, was to supply Amazon’s new headquarters in Shoreditch, London with Mid Century and industrial pieces for their reception area.
We were absolutely delighted to see it all in situ and think it looks pretty cool, though we say so ourselves!
In retail, we have supplied prestigious brands, including Le Labo Fragrances, Selfridges, Filson, Finistere, Shinola, Home Sense and numerous cafes and restaurants.
Our latest project was for Topshop who collaborated with Netflix on the launch of the second season of Stranger Things!
Vintage Matters has been featured in The Metro, Warehouse Home, Reclaim Magazine, to name a few, as well as numerous blogs.
Our social media channels keep growing, so if you are a fan, please follow us!
Instagram – we now have almost 1100 followers!
Twitter – we have over 1350 followers!
Facebook – we have just reached 400+ page likes!
Our mailing list is growing rapidly too and you can sign up quickly and easily on our home page.
With the popularity of our reclaimed and vintage letters and letter lights, we launched thelettermenuk on Instagram, which is dedicated to our letters only.
We have over 150 letters online and many m,ore that we are in the process of cleaning and photographing. This would make a great personal gift for someone this Christmas, so have a look or contact [email protected] if you are after a certain letter that you cannot see online.
Finally, we felt we needed to expand our team, so now have a new member on board, who is proving very popular…..
…meet Bailey to Boxer, who likes to assist in many ways!
So a HUGE thank you to all our customers, family and friends who have supported us on this incredible journey and we look forward to exciting times ahead.
Now this is an interesting one!
We were approached by Your Studio, based in Shoreditch, to create a visual and sensory experience through props for Topshop & Topman, who had teamed up with Netflix, to bring Stranger Things 2 to life, in a fusion of fashion, culture and entertainment!
The hit retro sci-fi show follows a group of kids in small town America in the 1980’s, as they encounter dark forces….
We were tasked with sourcing 3 sets of identical vintage props and furniture, for 3 Topshop sites in Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.
Your Studio had designed a corridor of 18 American style college lockers, with graphics placed at the end, announcing the arrival of the new season of Stranger Things.
Inside many of the lockers, were references to the show and the characters, including a shrine to Barb, Nancy’s locker filled with old school books and love letters, a locker full of furbies (!), The Clash, blaring out “Shall I Stay Or Shall I Go” and another locker with a loud crashing noise, coming from within the locker, giving a sense that something is trying to escape!
What fun we had with that!
We sourced the steel lockers to get that American college feel and got busy finding the various props.
We had vintage furbies flying in from all over the land, baseballs bats, fairy lights, and old school books to name just a few!
Nancy’s locker, with old school books, a baseball bat and love letters from boyfriend, Steve…
Here’s the shrine to Barb, complete with candles, flowers and a garland…
We also made an underworld portal, looking as though it was bursting out of a locker…
This event runs at Topshop until 31st October, so pop in store and have a look at their exclusive, limited edition collection of retro inspired t-shirts and sweatshirts.
For fans of Stranger Things, the second season starts today, Friday 27th October on Netflix and music streaming service, Spotify has has added a spooky Upside Down filter to its web player and desktop app that will make you even more desperate for the new episodes to drop!
If you have an upcoming project that requires vintage furniture and accessories, or need props for an event, then please email [email protected]
We also work with interior design companies, sourcing furniture, accessories and props for offices, retailers, cafes, restaurants, bars and hotels.
Here is a glimpse into the new Amazon headquarters, which is based at Principal Place in Shoreditch, London, which is now open for business!
Taking all 15 stories and 600,000 square feet of the building, to accomodate the workforce of over 5000 people, Amazon said in a press release that it “celebrates the industrial heritage and rich culture of Shoreditch”.
Here is the vast reception area with a modern industrial look, featuring massive exposed steel joists.
The space is well lit with dozens of naked light bulbs and steel domed lamp shades over the meeting areas off to each side, where we supplied the vintage furniture pieces.
What a buzz we got from seeing all the pieces we supplied, finally in situ!
Here, our vintage stacking school chairs are placed around a very large industrial table with a reclaimed timber top, injecting some colour into the reception area.
The stunning vintage industrial table with a heavy cast iron base, provides ample space as a work station for visitors, with high stools.
Below, are some of the casual meeting areas within the large reception space, with Mid Century lounge chairs and coffee tables that we sourced.
If you have an upcoming project for a commercial space that requires vintage furniture and accessories, where we can help add personality and character, then please email [email protected]
We also work with interior design companies, sourcing furniture and props for offices, retailers, cafes, restaurants, bars and hotels.
Industrial style is here to stay, whether it be at home, in a cafe or restaurant, hotel or bar, or office space!
When vintage industrial pieces are added, it immediately brings personality and character to an environment, as these are usually unique, one-off statement pieces, that are sure to be a conversation starter.
Wood, metal and concrete are the three key materials, that will help give a space an industrial feel.
The wood can be old, painted and distressed like this pair of vintage windows that have been repurposed with mirrors:
Or this amazing old Fruit Drying Rack, sourced from France, which would provide ample storage space in a bedroom, bathroom or kitchen, or look really cool in a cafe or restaurant.
A combination of wood and metal work well together, like this old factory cart which has a reclaimed timber top and is perfect as an industrial style coffee table.
Or these vintage locker room benches, from a school in Yorkshire, which would be ideal in an entryway, or warehouse home.
Our hero piece at the moment is this huge 3.4 metre vintage industrial table, with a hand made reclaimed timber top.
Ok, so you would definitely need a very large space for this piece, but what a statement it makes!
The cast iron pedestals were once used as bases for corn grinders made by Henry Bamford & Sons, who were established in 1885 and became one of the UK’s leading suppliers of agricultural and farming machinery.
This would be ideal in a retail environment for displaying merchandise, or as a communal table in a cafe or restaurant.
This piece is currently being used at a pop up event at Circus West Village at Battersea Power Station, by Warehouse Home, an essential resource for anyone with a love of industrial and warehouse living.
This is in conjunction with London Design Festival, which celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world, running at various venues throughout the city from 16-24 September.
Lighting is key in an industrial environment, whether it be wall lights, pendants or table/desk lamps.
This vintage Jielde Lamp is a design classic! It was originally designed in France in the 1950’s as a work lamp and is now an iconic French industrial piece.
We couldn’t resist this great looking vintage industrial pendant, where steel and brass have been cleverly used together.
Finally, we found this old vintage bottle drying rack on a trip to Provence and thought what an amazing hat/coat rack it would make for a restaurant, or at a home or workplace with an an industrial feel.
We are out in the markets all the time, so if you are looking for a special, unique piece for your home or workplace, or for an interiors project you may be working on, then please contact [email protected]
Our current project is working with Amazon, to supply vintage furniture for their their new corporate office, opening in Shoreditch in East London, this month.
How excited are we?!
We have been working closely with an interior design studio, who “lead in the strategy and design of built environments, transforming organization culture and enhancing people’s lives”.
Vintage Matters were given the brief to source industrial and Mid Century furniture, including tables, chairs, sofas and lounge seating for their large reception area.
Our popular vintage stacking school chairs, made of plywood and tubular metal frames, were ideal seating for a very large industrial table, adding charm and colour to the reception area.
We spent a lot of time out in the markets and found this old industrial table base, made of cast iron, that was once used in a Belgian brewery to hold beer barrels. Now with a reclaimed timber top, it is perfect as a work station, with some high stools.
We had a lot of fun sourcing some cool and unusual Mid Century pieces, like these lounge chairs above and below.
All the lounge chairs and sofas have needed re-upholstering, to comply with fire regs for a commercial space, so were focussing mainly on finding great looking profiles of the various pieces, to help create an eclectic mix.
We can’t wait to show you the pieces in situ, which is happening very soon!
If you have an upcoming project for a commercial space that requires vintage furniture and accessories, where we can help add personality and character to a space, then please email [email protected]
OUR LATEST COMMERCIAL PROJECT
We hope you are having a good Summer!
Over the past few months, we have been busy working with a London based furniture consultancy, who provide innovative solutions to offices, universities, restaurants and private residences.
Their client, Havas – an award-winning, global advertising and PR company, were moving to a new HQ, called HKX (Havas Kings Cross) and Vintage Matters were given the brief to supply vintage furniture for their new cafe, restaurant and reception area.
We worked closely with the design team, getting a good understanding of their needs and requirements for the various pieces of furniture, as well as timing and budget and then 3 weeks later presented our ideas on what was available out in the vintage markets.
We proposed visuals showing various styles of tables and chairs for the cafe and restaurant, along with guideline pricing and finally agreed on the overall look and aesthetic, the various spaces should have.
Off we went into the markets, sourcing vintage oak and mahogany tripod tables and bentwood cafe chairs. Good, well constructed chairs like these are hard to find these days, as they are in high demand for their vintage look and durability, especially the classic bentwood chairs, designed by Thonet.
Thonet was the pioneer of having light, strong wood bent into curved, graceful shapes, by forming the wood in hot steam. He produced his “Nr1” chair in 1850 and a year later won a bronze medal at the Great Exhibition in London!
We eventually sourced 58 vintage cafe chairs.
An important piece of furniture we had to source, was a very large statement table for the Havas reception area and we found this amazing 3.5 metre limed oak table.
Circa 1880, this table was originally used in the kitchen of a stately home in Bedfordshire and now takes pride of place in the new Havas reception at HKX!
If you have an upcoming project for a commercial space that requires vintage furniture and accessories, where we can help add personality and charm, then please email paul[email protected]
We are currently working on a very exciting commercial project for a large online retailer 😉
….watch this space!
When we are out in the markets, we are always on the hunt for unusual, beautiful and most importantly, useful pieces of vintage furniture to bring an environment to life for our customers.
We source for retailers, offices, hotels, restaurants and cafes as well as individuals and find that more and more people are looking for that “special piece” of furniture, to add personality to a space.
Recently we sold this amazing vintage school shoe rack (below) to a hotel in Germany. They told us they had been trying to source something like this for months for their lobby and this was just perfect.
It’s so satisfying sourcing and supplying for companies and people when you can find them that perfect piece. It is often really difficult for people to know exactly what they want until they see it, and that’s how Vintage Matters can help. We are regularly sent photographs of spaces or rooms and asked to find furniture or props to work in the space.
Our vintage leather club armchairs that we source from France are hugely popular, as they add such character to a space and are amazingly comfortable. We supply Le Labo Fragrances with these chairs, for their retail stores in the UK and Europe.
We are always on the lookout for those special pieces for our retail customers too, like this old vintage wooden workbench below, which is an ideal piece for displaying product on.
Researching the provenance of a vintage piece is always fun and interesting. We found that this workbench was used by a company called Frederick Pollard, who were established in 1911 in Leicester and were the makers of high speed drills.
Old bakers racks, factory shoe racks or fruit drying racks, like the one below, are really versatile pieces of furniture and can be used in so many rooms within a house. They provide a great deal of storage space and are also ideal in a retail environment providing a great display piece for visual merchandising. We think they look pretty cool too!
We are excited to be working on a large commercial project, sourcing numerous pieces of industrial and mid century furniture pieces for a huge reception space, opening this Summer in Shoreditch, London. We can’t say who it is right now, but we think you will know them!
We have found some pretty cool pieces, which we are being reupholstered, so they comply with all UK fire regulations.
Our vintage beer table and bench sets are now back in stock! These are authentic pieces, originally used at various beer festivals in Germany and are perfect for al fresco dining or outdoor entertaining, this Summer.
The orange painted pine table is heavy duty and sturdy, with two wooden benches with folding green steel legs. It has a very simple but effective design, that has stood the test of time, that makes each piece quickly and easily fold flat for storage.
We have to mention our vintage school chairs on this blog, as people really connect with them, reminding them of old school days! These authentic chairs were hugely popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s, not only in schools, but in hospitals, community centres and church halls, as they took up much less space when stacked.
These vintage stacking school chairs are ideal for the home, a cafe or restaurant, or office, wanting a vintage look and with lots of different styles and coloured frames to choose from.
So, if you are looking for a special, unique piece of vintage furniture for your home or business, please email [email protected] with a description, approximate dimensions and your budget and we will happily source for you and send you photos when we are out in the markets.
We look forward to hearing from you!
VINTAGE MATTERS – ONE YEAR ON!
Here we are – October 2016 – one year on from our online launch and first pop up at West Elm, London!
What an amazing year it has been and we thought we would share some of the many highlights.
We have travelled far and wide searching for unique pieces to bring to your home or workplace and met many amazing people along the way, who are all as passionate about vintage, as we are.
West Elm have kindly hosted 5 pop up events for us, which have been extremely successful, giving us great brand exposure on Tottenham Court Road in London and we now have customers returning to see what new finds we have.
Among the many pieces we have sold there, one was a scientific instrument that a gentleman bought to train his performing fleas on…
And just last week, someone bought a lovely cast iron window mirror for the garden, solely for the use by William – the pet peacock!
We are back at West Elm for a Christmas pop up event, 16th -18th December.
Our vintage letters and letter lights continue to be hugely popular, as people really connect with them. We have over 100 letters in stock and more on the way.
If you are after a specific letter, drop us an email at [email protected] and we can send images, costs and dimensions of those that are currently being reconditioned, that are not yet online.
In April 2016, we were delighted to have our home featured in “25 Beautiful Homes”, which has become an ever evolving showcase of product for Vintage Matters.
You can read the article via the following link: www.vintagematters.co.uk/blog
We have been active in the commercial sector too, including a brief to supply vintage pieces of furniture and accessories to a new office in Old Street, London, which resulted in a great feature in INEX Magazine.
We have been busy posting and tweeting on various social media channels and now have over 700 followers on Instagram and over 500 on Twitter, along with a growing presence on Facebook, Pinterest and G+
Follow us on any of the above channels, to see what new stock we have coming in and where we are on our travels.
Our mailing list is growing rapidly too and you can sign up quickly and easily on our home page.
Currently, we are searching for a retail space in South East London, to open our first store which we are very excited about and we are out in the markets sourcing some special pieces for Christmas.
We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all our customers and followers for your support and we look forward to an exciting year ahead!