Inspired by fashionable 1950s and ‘60s nightspots, with a touch of Deco glamour, the Winter Fair will present as its foyer display, The Cocktail Hour – showing visitors how to create a contemporary space for parties or a modern club room vibe. The Cocktail Hour will incorporate diverse seating, side tables, lighting and decoration of all periods for a fresh look, beautifully accessorised with 20th century cocktail sets and antique drinking paraphernalia. Bar carts and trolleys are still enormously popular, and stylish examples will feature alongside cock- tail cabinets, serving trays, champagne buckets and glassware. All the items on display come from exhibitors, and therefore available to buy.Read More
The Votre Maison company was founded in 1949 by two men, Robert Guillerme and Jacques Chambron. The pieces of furniture designed by ‘Guillerme et Chambron’ are easily recognisable thanks to their distinctive functional designs and materials used: waxed oak, either lightened or dark- ened to the same few tones.Read More
Thankfully the interiors world is undergoing a revolution. Design fans are screaming out for individuality and craving to be surrounded by objects with provenance and heritage regardless of period. This ‘Eclectic Living’ is about mixing up interior trends and combining your favourite objects to create a look that is so very personal. It’s a mix of antiques, Mid-century and vintage glamour held together with contemporary undertones.Read More
Paul Stewart steps into the shoes of his film Noir alter ego to become Bert Vandamm – even if it was for just the one night...
I have always been drawn to the periods both immediately before and after the Second World War. To me they are stylistically superior; when a car from this era drives by, you cannot help but turn your head and stare; the clothing was made to fit and be flattering and the music was live and exciting and made to be seen and danced to.Read More
Motorcycles run in my family. (Yes there’s a joke in there somewhere but...). A very early memory of mine is the story Poppy (my grandad) used to tell me, of the time he’d built a motorbike and sidecar in the front room, only to realise after he’d finished that he couldn’t get it out through the front door! Nothing ever daunted Poppy, so he took out the front window and got it out that way!Read More
WOW, IT’S NEARLY winter, and with Halloween just around the corner, my thoughts are turning to outdoor events and parties...
We kick off this issue with a rather appropriate auction that could be a real game changer for all future Halloween parties... by scaring your guests to death with a lifesize statue of Pinhead from Hellraiser! Then our final article takes us outside to a full-on Gothic folly – I am so jealous. I thought I was being clever last New Year’s Eve when I bought a pile of cheap Christmas trees, grabbed some railway sleepers, a fire pit/come bbq, some furs and hung a lampshade from the tree, and threw an outdoor party... but what I’d give to have a permanent theatrical ruin in my garden all-year-round!Read More