We’re back…and have lots of wonderful new pieces!

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What’s been going on?  Lots!

I can hardly believe that my last blog was on 20th March 2020, literally, just days before we went into lockdown and a year like no other!

I mentioned that Spring was in the air and we were looking forward to warmer weather and now, as I write this, I am looking out of my window at the horizontal rain…in AUGUST! What is going on in the world?!

We had our hands very full for a few months when our boxer dog, Bailey, gave birth to 8 little pups in December, which we landed up hand rearing. What an amazing and humbling experience it was, bringing life into the world!

And how insane it was for for 12 weeks! 

Here they are on New Year’s Day, not a month old.

We kept one pup, another bitch and called her Bobbin (aka Bob, just to confuse everyone!).

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What’s new?  Lots!

So a year and a half on and puppies all gone, we have hit the ground running.

The vintage markets were all closed during the pandemic, but finally opened again in April, so we have been having 5 am starts (not fun!) to be able to get in and hunt for some great pieces.

Have a browse at our eclectic new mix of furniture that we have been sourcing, like this fantastic pair of reclaimed and restored, vintage cinema seats, that we absolutely love.

We would love to hear what your favourite pieces are – click here to let us know!

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Shop Furniture

We have over 60 new pieces of furniture online now, like this fabulous vintage Mid Century leather sofa, sourced from The Netherlands.

We rescued a couple of old church pews from a barn in Sussex, that had been neglected for years and gave them some TLC and they have come up a treat!

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Shop Outdoor

Now is the time to buy some vintage outdoor furniture, so you are well prepared for that balmy Summer, that is just around the corner and lots of al fresco dining and bbq’s.

We have vintage planters in various styles and an old wheelbarrow, that would look great planted up for the rest of summer.

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Shop Accessories

We have a great selection of decorative, practical and functional accessories for your home or office.

Giant wall maps, creating visually stunning wall art; old decorators ladders; a collection of vintage stoneware and other weird and wonderful pieces that are sure to provoke conversation!

What next? Lots!

We have some exciting news that we will share with you next month, regarding a collaboration with a local cafe, Louie Louie

Watch this space..!

Vintage Matters Commercial Project

We have been busy these past months working with a London based interior architect, sourcing vintage Mid Century pieces of furniture for a new office space, opening this Summer in Hanover Square.

Mid Century McIntosh Credenza

We found this unique rosewood credenza or sideboard, that is very rare, which was designed by McIntosh over 50 years ago!

It features amazing radial veneers and a contrasting black laminate centre and is a real statement piece for the main meeting room.

Mid Century Walnut Round Table

 

We were asked to find a very large round Mid Century table for the Boardroom and were delighted to find this Martin Visser walnut table from Holland, which will comfortably seat 8 people.

The main feature is the three crossed legs in solid walnut and the three table top sections that join together, which measure an impressive 1.8 metres in diameter.

Large pieces of this size are hard to come across, as houses were much smaller back in the 1950’s and 1960’s, so this exceptional table was a real find!

Mid Century Dining Chairs

 

Then of course, we had to source 8 chairs that would work well with the table and compliment each other.

After a great deal of searching, we found these Danish upholstered chairs with arms, designed by Erik Kirkegaard in the 1960’s.

These are now in the process of being re-upholstered to meet UK fire and safety requirements, for use in a commercial space and will look fantastic next to the large table.

Mid Century Cadovious Bookcase

One of the breakout areas needed a large modular bookcase, like this piece that we found in Sweden and we are now busy sourcing some interesting pieces to fill the shelves!

These are really special…!

A stunning set of 2 vintage industrial lockers, of exceptional quality and style, which are for the exercise area.

They feature drop down compartments and pull out drawers, making them ideal for storing small personal belongings, whilst working out!

We have almost completed finding the various furniture pieces and are now finalising the assortment of decorative accessories, that will help give personality  and charm to the various spaces.

More to come when it is all in situ….

Enjoy the sunshine!

www.vintagematters.co.uk

All I Want For Christmas

We take a look at some of our favourite pieces for gifting, this Christmas.

What better way to greet your guests over the Holiday season, than with a glass of champagne (we think, anyway!).

This handsome vintage silverplate champagne cooler, with two handles, features the classic gadroon edging pattern and is perfect for chilling bottles of Champagne or wine.

£120

Vintage Silverplate Champagne Bucket

Forget the Christmas tree this year – hang your baubles on this stunning pair of vintage stag antlers!

These are a rare find and would make a real statement in any room.

£240

Vintage Stag Antlers

What better gift for the intrepid traveller than a giant vintage wall map from the 1960’s, once used in schools in Germany.

These make for an amazing colourful piece of wall art – just look at this map of India. We have other maps available online too.

£240

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Set the Christmas table with old vintage hotel silverplate cutlery, with mix matched patterns. This is sure to get everyone talking!

These are genuine pieces and a perfect example of the quality and craftsmanship that exemplified the British silver industry.

Only £15 per 3-pce set

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We have a great selection of vintage leather suitcases, which work well in either a contemporary or traditional home, either on their own or stacked together, making them ideal for storage.

Prices start from £55

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This English made, vintage silverplate cocktail shaker, which features an ice crusher, is an ideal gift for anyone who fancies themselves as a mixologist!

£130

Vintage Silverplate Cocktail Shaker

Of course, our popular reclaimed letters and letter lights, salvaged from shop fronts and pubs, make for the ultimate personal gift and we have over 150 online to choose from, starting at only £24!

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The last posting date is Thursday, December 21, so don’t leave it too late…

Thank you to all our customers for your support and wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy 2018!

Paul, Tom & Bailey the Boxer.

www.vintagematters.co.uk

Christmas Is Coming…

Christmas is coming (fast!)…and to kick start the Holiday season, we have reduced our prices on our hugely popular Nkuku pieces!

All these items are handmade by artisans in India.

Take a look….

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These would make ideal stocking stuffers! They are made of high quality brass and are very tactile too.

Bottle Opener and Corkscrew now only £7.00 each  Nutcracker just £10.00

These striking Tealight Holder Boxes will add a festive glow to any room, once lit with a row of small tealights. Alternatively, fill them with seasonal flowers.

Available in both brass and aged zinc and now only £22.00 each!

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There are some great savings on these beautiful copper photograph frames, that are hand welded.

Simple and elegant, these frames can be used to display momentos and keepsakes too. A perfect gift this Christmas!

Finally, these affordable,  hand made boxes of copper and glass, offer a beautifully crafted storage space, for small items.

Go ahead and make someone happy this Christmas, with a gift from Nkuku!

www.vintagematters.co.uk

Vintage Matters, 2 Years On!

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.

Vintage Matters Pop Up Event

Vintage Matters Pop Up Event

Vintage Matters Pop Up Event

We worked with a stylist on the second series of the TV comedy show, Taskmaster, shown on Dave TV, where we provided a number of props from our extensive collection of products.

Taskmaster

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.

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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.

Vintage Matters Commercial Project

Vintage Matters Commercial Project

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!

Vintage Matters Commercial Project Amazon

Vintage Matters Commercial Project Amazon

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!

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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.

Reclaimed Vintage Letters

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.

Thank you!

www.vintagematters.co.uk

Our latest project for Topshop & Netflix

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!

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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!

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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…

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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.

Thank you!

Our vintage furniture project for Amazon!

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.

Amazon Reception Area

What a buzz we got from seeing all the pieces we supplied, finally in situ!

Amazon Reception Area

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.

Vintage Stacking School Chairs Amazon

The stunning vintage industrial table with a heavy cast iron base, provides ample space as a work station for visitors, with high stools.

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Below, are some of the casual meeting areas within the large reception space, with Mid Century lounge chairs and coffee tables that we sourced.

Mid Century Furniture in Amazons Reception Area

Mid Century Furniture in Amazons Reception Area

Mid Century Furniture in Amazons Reception Area

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]

Mid Century Lounge Chair

We also work with interior design companies, sourcing furniture and props for offices, retailers, cafes, restaurants, bars and hotels.

Thank you!

Vintage Industrial

VINTAGE INDUSTRIAL

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:

Vintage 8 Pane Window Mirror

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.

Vintage Fruit Drying Rack

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.

Vintage Industrial Factory Trolley Cart Table

Or these vintage locker room benches, from a school in Yorkshire, which would be ideal in an entryway, or warehouse home.

Vintage Industrial Locker Room Bench

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.

We personally love the industrial style found at many restaurants, like Tramshed and Beagle in London.

3.4 metre vintage industrial table

Vintage Industrial Table

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.

Vintage Green Jielde Desk Lamp

We couldn’t resist this great looking vintage industrial pendant, where steel and brass have been cleverly used together.

Vintage Industrial Pendant

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.

Vintage French Bottle Drying Wall Rack

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]

Thank you!

Our Vintage Furniture Project With Amazon!

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.

Vintage Industrial Stacking School Chairs

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.

Vintage Industrial High Table

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.

Vintage Mid Century Lounge Chairs

We had a lot of fun sourcing some cool and unusual Mid Century pieces, like these lounge chairs above and below.

Vintage Mid Century Lounge Chairs

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.

Vintage Mid Century Sofa

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]

Thank you!

Vintage Matters Commercial Furniture Project London

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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 [email protected]

We are currently working on a very exciting commercial project for a large online retailer  😉

….watch this space!

Thank you.