In recent years there has been a steady interest in Mid century designed furniture but that interest seems to be escalating. So much so that popular designs are now being reissued as vintage prices continue to soar and make some originals now out of most of our reach?
Unless you are a keen collector and willing and able to pay top dollar to add to your collection, some amazing designs, in good condition and reasonably priced, still exist if you know where to look?
In the North West of England, where I live, we are very lucky to have The vintage Home show three times a year which is a dedicated event for vintage and retro home wares dealers to sell their stock. Its a great day for shopping but also making connections with dealers if you are looking for a special piece for your home? You can exchange contact details and hopefully the dealer will, eventually, come up with the goods. This event is run by Keeley Harris of Discover Vintage and is held at Victoria Baths a fully restored and quite beautiful Victorian bath house. The venue itself is worth the visit alone. For details of further events check the link here. Other similar events run by Keeley are held in Leeds and The Midlands.
This year was also the first time The Mid Century Modern Show ventured North and exhibitors showed their collections at The Hepworth Gallery Wakefield. It was probably a collection of some of the best Mid Century furniture I have seen and prices were high but there were some amazing stand out items. Check their site for future venues and dates.
A great local Manchester warehouse full of antiques, salvage and mid century furniture is The Old Mill Antiques in Failsworth. There is always a constant rotation of stock as house clearance vans are regularly off loading their stock on an almost daily basis. Also Insitu Manchester have some great pieces but less on the furniture side now, so ring ahead if you are looking for something particular. Laurence, the owner, has been buying for years and is constantly sourcing stock all over Europe so will keep his eye out for items if he knows you’re a serious buyer?
If you haven’t visited Pear Mill in Stockport, you should. Here you’ll find a plethora of dealers, many specialising in Mid Century pieces, such as US born Laura Gaither who goes under the name of Planet Vintage Girl and regularly visits LA’S Rose bowl bringing back state side goodies for us. One of my favourite ex Pear Mill dealers who have now branched out solo are Whittaker and Gray. They have some of the best Mid century pieces I’ve seen from dining table sets, to sideboards to statement arm chairs.
I’ve blogged about Leek in Staffordshire before here but Odeon Antiques has got to be one of my favourite antique shops ever for the quality and quantity of the finds there. The prices aren’t the cheapest you’ll find but the quality speaks for itself.
Retrovious in London are specialists in salvage and decorative antiques and often find quantities of dead stock which they sell quite reasonably. Sign up to their newsletter for updates on regular stock. They usually have a great selection of mid Century seating.
Also based in London is Mid Century specialist dealer Fiona McDonald.
Her instagram bio reads stylishly restored midcentury furniture and it is exactly that. For beautiful lighting, mirrors and furniture, make sure you follow Fiona’s account here.
A new website that has recently come to my attention is Selency a French site for buyers and sellers of contemporary and vintage furniture. The pieces can all be shipped to the UK and must be in good condition before loading onto the site for sale. I’ve not used it yet but the reviews in this months Elle Decoration are favourable.
Of course for the best selection of antiques from any era, the European antique fairs held at Newark and Lincolnshire Showground and on a smaller scale Wetherby in Yorkshire are always a great day out. For dates of events check their sites.