With the weather improving and warmer days coming – it’s time to get back into outdoor market shopping.
Our favourite, and everyone’s favourite worst kept secret, is the incredible Sunbury Antiques Market which has had its home, for now 37 years, at the vast Kempton Park Racecourse. This epic, endless land, houses over 700 outdoor and indoor stalls with furniture, accessories and paraphernalia up for sale. Every era, style, taste and price range is covered here. Nab anything from a bargain 1960s chair for a fiver to old industrial buckets for a tenner or splurge on incredible antique or midcentury furniture. There is many a design classic to be had.
Visit this haven for interiors shopping on the second or last Tuesday of every month.
Open til Valentines Day, at The Barbican, London, the exhibition is a delight of visual and written knowledge for any design, furniture and graphic design fans. Travel through the decades and learn what inspired the creative couple, learn their history, beginnings and the sweetness of how they got together.
The Eameses are amongst the most celebrate designers of the twentieth century and so many of their creations influence designs of today. So many of their iconic designs have been reproduced and copied in modern homeware and furniture today, and are also still produced with the original designs.
The Eames Office, at the centre of their product and graphics ideas world, was the hub where the magic happened. The couple and the office team produced incredible work for 45 years. It was a ‘laboratory’, a place for collaborating, researching and developing ‘products, furniture, graphics, architectural and exhibition projects, as well as new models for education.’
Their work covered print media, film, photography and more. Design work covered projects for furniture, homes, and they embraced both mass production and common materials as well as embracing the potential of technology.
As you head through the space, appreciate their extensive talent and abilities, you can slip into the couple’s world and minds, and understand that life was work, and work was life.
Running til February 14th it’s definitely worth the £14.50 entrance fee. The shop is a post-exhibition tempting delight, with a variety of homewares, stationery, prints and cards.
While you’re at the Barbican take advantage of being able to view the inside and out of this architectural brutalist dream.
Visit on a Sunday (check website for openings) and explore the incredible Barbican conservatory. A little lush heaven of plants and wonder, slap bang in the middle of London – a surprising delightful gem not to be missed.
The World of Charles and Ray Eames runs at The Barbican til Sunday 14th February 2016 / Sat – Wed 10am – 6pm / Thurs – Fri 10am – 9pm / £14.50 (concessions available)
Our hearts will always be with midcentury modern design, both with originals and reproductions, and also how it influences so many of our modern interiors *brands today.
We found Modernistiks and it’s like sharing an amazing secret, that you feel lucky to know. This great retro furniture eBay store based in Bristol has a selection of superb Scandinavian midcentury pieces including Danish chairs, teak shelving, rosewood sideboards and leather sofas to swoon over. Their well priced collection is excellently curated and with many items newly reupholstered, the quality of these vintage pieces is incredible.