Summer’s here and the time is right for Dancing in the Street...
It certainly is – but tell me, for you, does that song conjure up the classic 80s duet of Jagger and Bowie or Martha and the Vandellas from two decades earlier? You pays your money and you takes your choice. I quite like both.
That’s typical of this trade though, the constant rediscovery of the treasures of one era by the legends of another. And we’re visiting quite a few legends in this issue to nose around the treasures they’ve amassed in their own homes.
We drop in on Mid-century dealer Killian McNulty and his wife in Dublin, where their 1940s semi is beautifully refurbished using favourite pieces. Zip to Sweden, to be shown how to furnish on a fleamarket budget. And home again via Surrey, where we revisit dealer and obsessive collector of all things fantasy, macabre and religious, Harry Diamond. And I do mean home again – come and join me on a trip around a reclamation yard with a difference, while I tell you how I did up my own gaff from places such as this.
One perennial favourite with design lovers is the wonderful world of old enamel signs. In their way they were meant to be as ephemeral as the newsprint ads they echoed, but so many wonderful ones have survived, bright and beautiful, to become that perfect touch for home or garden.
What else... well, lay the table Mother, we’re exploring the wonderful world of veg – in ceramics and art. Could you get excited over the humble cabbage? You might be surprised...
This summer sees the publication of a book celebrating the cream of a 1,500-strong collection of strange, weird and bizarre gadgets and contraptions, from the cleverly brilliant to the mind-numbingly idiotic. Who’d be daft enough to grow a collection like that? Come and find out.
Finally, there are two fabulous, but very different, exhibitions for you to check out. In London, the magnificent Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains exhibition at the V&A marks 50 years since the band released their first single. And if you’re making the most of pre-Brexit Brussels while there’s still time, don’t miss The Paper Revolution: Soviet Graphic Design and Constructivism. A century on from the Bolshevik Revolution, the Art & Design Atomium Museum celebrates the iconoclastic designer Reds.
- Auction Explorer - A roundup of forthcoming sales, news and results
- Eclectic Living - When your style just can’t be pigeon-holed. A bit of natural history, a scientific curio, mannequins limbs on stands, a religious icon... what do they have in common?
- Reclaim Your World - The changing face of the Reclamation Yard - no longer just a place for builders and garden designers
- A Sure Sign - Just like the advertisements boldly displayed on them, the appeal of old enamel signs never seems to fade
- Cabbage Love - The use of nature’s beauty as inspiration to artists and ceramists is centuries old; and it seems we’ll never grow tired of homewares that imitate fruit and veg!
- Gadgets & Contraptions - One man’s collection of the strange, the weird and the bizarre - welcome to Maurice Collins’ world
- At Home with Cicci and Johan - A Swedish flat, created mainly from fleamarket finds
- Wish you were here? - A new exhibition at the V&A Museum celebrates all things Pink Floyd - one of the world’s most iconic bands
- Soviet Graphic Design - There’s a new exhibition coming to Brussels that marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution of 1917
- Killian’s Lifestyle - Dealer Killian McNulty, from Mid-Century Online, invites us into his gorgeous Dublin home
- VE News - A round-up of what’s happening in the world of Vintage and Antiques
- Events in June/July