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Among the 19 independent antique shops on Fulham’s Lillie Road you’ll find Henry Saywell’s post-war Modernist emporium, 52 Meters. Lighting, mirrors and objets d’art are among the wide selection of vintage pieces on offer here.
291 Lillie Road, London SW6 (52meters.com)
Furniture dealers Sophie Pearce and Augustus Greaves have founded this beautiful gallery in London’s Hackney Wick. Open by appointment, it has a fantastic selection of stock.
30 Felstead Street, London E9 (betonbrut.co.uk)
This lovely vintage store near Hampton Court Palace has grown so much since it opened in 1999 that the stock has spilled into two separate shops – one for gift and homeware, the other for furniture. We recommend exploring both.
34-38 High Street, Hampton Hill TW12 (discoverattic.com)
For die-hard Eames fans, a reproduction is tantamount to blasphemy. This specialist dealer sources original pieces, or parts to reconstruct on request. So, if you’re after the grey ‘Shell’ armchair with ‘Eiffel’ legs, Mancha is your man.
43 High Street, Leighton Buzzard LU7 (mancha.demon.co.uk)
Hopper and Space
An online source of mid-century furniture dating from the 1950s to the 1980s. All of the company’s pieces are lovingly restored and freshly upholstered in zingy retro patterns. The team can also track down particular items and cover them in your chosen fabric.
Husler and Rose
The Sussex-based owners of this online store source and sell rare German mid-century ceramics and carefully restored Modernist furniture.
Designer maker Ines Cole started out reupholstering vintage furniture using the finest Designers Guild velvets and linens, and has since expanded her brand to offer a complete lifestyle collection that incorporates tableware, soft furnishings, candles and gifts. Buy direct online or have a piece of furniture customised using the fabric of your choice. (inescole.com)
This online marketplace is great for selling antique, vintage and retro furniture. With no commission and no collection fees, it’s hassle free and a quick way of making money from some nifty upcycling. If you’re in the market to buy rather than sell, you’ll find a fantastic range of pre-loved pieces spanning multiple decades.
1 Stepney Road, Ouseburn NE1 (ouseburnantiques.co.uk)
For brilliantly edited vintage and upcycled pieces, this is the place to shop. Tucked in a quiet corner of St Albans, Hertforshire (an area that’s become a hub for bespoke kitchen makers), the workshop is a treasure trove of vintage finds updated with aged zinc tops – from tables to sideboards – and industrial-style pieces that have been repurposed as chairs or storage.
Two Columbia Road
This East London boutique houses an array of vintage classics, from furniture to art and design. Look out for pieces by the likes of Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl and Ettore Sottsass.
2 Columbia Road, London E2 (twocolumbiaroad.co.uk)
The Old Cinema
A mecca for vintage enthusiasts, this sprawling space in London’s Chiswick is home to a diverse selection of retro, pre-loved and antique goods. Whether you’re looking to invest in a set of Art Deco chairs or just want to pick up some vintage jewellery as a gift, the store is worth a visit simply to marvel at a product selection that spans so many centuries of design.
160 Chiswick High Road, London W4 (theoldcinema.co.uk)
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