Vintage Delights at Mid Century Modern, Dulwich

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Last Sunday saw me and the boyf take a rather drizzly yet still lovely pootle over to the Midcentury Modern show, held in the leafy splendour of Dulwich College (well, it would be leafy, if the weather had actually bothered to become Spring yet, gripe, moan…) With several shows a year at locations throughout London, the show is a mecca for lovers of all things Skandi, mid-century and Eames-ey.

Reluctantly, despite stroking many an Eames, the boot of Serge the Corsa remained furniture-free as we travelled home (once you’ve scored bedside tables for £5 the pair off of eBay, everything else just seems kinda pricey). But if I had dusted out my credit card for a bit of Mid Century wonderment, here’s who I would have been brandishing it at:

Mid Century Modern Show round-up 1 March 2013 by Joanna Thornhill for Stylist's Own

1. Some classic vintage plus a rather classy lighting collection from The Modern Warehouse, straight outta trendy Hackney, east London – join their mailing list for an invite to their quarterly open evenings.

2. Mainly drawn over by the quirky name (who doesn’t love both elephants AND monkeys?!) plus this rather charming little chair, mid-century specialists Elephant & Monkey stock a pretty keenly-priced range of mid-century furniture pieces as well as a vast selection of artwork and travel prints.

3. With a magpie’s eye not dissimilar to my own, Winter’s Moon are clearly drawn to highly saturated, folksy-retro style vintagewares (love these tins!) They also do a mean line in upcycled pieces, including some rather clever vintage fabric fused trays which *may* be appearing in a Woman’s Weekly feature I’m working on for a May release…

4. Many south-east Londoner’s I know are always banging on about the virtues of vintage shopping in the Crystal Palace area – and the slick offering from Designs of Modernity, who are based at Crystal Palace Antiques and Modern, might just have convinced me to get out my compass and head down that way.

Although I loves my vintage, I must confess my favourite part of the show is seeing their wonderfully curated selection of new (and new-to-me) designers and makers. Here’s a few of my favourites from the day.

Mid Century Modern Show round-up 2 March 2013 by Joanna

5. A little too cute to leave out are these rather simplistically charming prints by Ruth Green Design – all limited edition and printed on high quality Fabriano cotton rag paper

6. Despite looking like it’s been upcycled from an old bit of a WW2 warship, this striking desk is actually a brand-spanking-new piece of design, named Archie and produced by London-based design collective The Source. He’d look resplendent in my exposed brick loft extension studio that I’ll be converting in 2045, sigh…

7. Headed by Belma Kapetanovic (who sent me a very nice email afterwards about my styling work – thanks, Belma!) Element Interiors plays on Ms Kapetanovic’s graphic design background, resulting in pared-back, retro-style illustrations inspired by natural forms, which are applied to wallpaper, rugs and cushions.

Mid Century Modern Show round-up 3 March 2013 by Joanna

8. Sometimes the simple ideas are the best – and by Kirsty’s laser cut birch ply lampshades, sold in two different sizes and sent as flat pack, are ticking all the Skandi-chic boxes (and they actually come from Wales)

9. A sort of crazed Aztec-meets-Hoxton (in a very good way) offering from newly-launched Jane Oliver, these animal heads caught my eye – step aside, antler trend – I think you have a fight on your hands…

10. Sourced from beautiful Essouira in Morocco, Beldi rugs come direct from traditional makers in a vibrant array of pattern and colour, from hardy rag-rug style boucherouite to delicate, fine-woven Azilal.

11. Hand finished in British pottery epicentre Stoke on Trent, these delightful ceramics by Louise Wilkinson are reminiscent of classic blue and white china, but are given a modern twist with quirky animal motifs and flashes of on-trend fluoro.

Crush Cube Cushion from Mid Century Modern Show round-up March 2013 by Joanna

And most excitingly, after popping my name on a list to win a cushion from Crush Cube – whose lovely vintage fabric-covered cushions and cubes were on display at the show – I only had an email to say I’d bally well won it! So I get to have a little slice of mid-century loveliness after all *cue excitement and running round the house deciding where to put it*

{Images: Top image, courtesy of Augustus Greaves and taken from the Modern Shows website. All other images taken from each designer/retailers’ respective websites, as per the numbered credits}


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About Joanna Thornhill

Freelance Interior Stylist, Author, Writer and Crafter working for a range of magazine titles and commercial clients. Author of Home for Now (CICO Books 2014)

One response to “Vintage Delights at Mid Century Modern, Dulwich”

  1. debra finn says :

    Thanks for this, now that I’m based in Somerset I missed this show and I used to love it.

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