I am having a lot of fun this week with Lorraine from Hume Vintage, doing our joint pop-up shop Vintage Haus. We have very similar taste in vintage so our stock blends well together. I brought in most of the midcentury modern furniture while Lorraine is showing off her amazing colourful collection of original designer fabrics from the 1960s by Heals, Sanderson, Marimekko, Hull Traders and more, mostly made into very usable, decorative throw cushions. Remnants look great when framed too.
West Germany Vases, Midwinter and Meakin coffee sets and unique studio pottery are adding to the mix, repeating the striking geometric designs and bold patterns of the textiles on display.
People who know me, know that I wouldn’t style a shop without introducing a giant teak sideboard, so hey, I brought two. Because it is fun playing shops again for a week! The furniture gives some welcome structure to the blank canvas of the shop space and the teak forms a good backdrop for all the vintage homeware. And you can’t beat the sleek design and stunning detail of midcentury modern furniture, can you?
I also found a set of lovely Swedish ‘Kontiki’ dining chairs designed by Yngve Ekstrom for Troeds in the 1960s. I just love the way the wood is sculptured and how clever the frame fits together, with the back rest and back legs made into one smooth piece. (No straight forward drop seat here; unscrew the seat and the whole frame falls apart – but is also put back together, phew!).
Oh, and to add a bit of boho glamour and drama, you got to have an enormous peacock chair of course. Preferably surrounded by lots of greenery and house plants, but in the shop the flowers will have to do.
We both also brought lots of framed adverts, collectable Vernon Ward prints and paintings and created two gallery walls, grouping them together based on colour and style. The little framed car pictures are original brochures from the dealer back in the 1960s!
It’s been a joy to both have a shop again, even if it was just for a week, and working with someone who shares my passion for colour, pattern and design. It was also really nice to see so many of my customers back again, who used to pop into my old shop in Inverurie on a Saturday. It’s been fun, it’s been busy and there is nothing better than seeing lots of inspired customers leaving the shop with their arms full of vintage happiness.
Final day (SALE!) is Sunday 24 September, 11am-3pm. 8 Chattan Place, Aberdeen West End.