VE always champions the very best – whether that’s in decorative antiques or highly fashionable Mid-century designs, and we certainly bring you an eclectic mix of them all in this issue.
Our 14-page section includes a selection of top-notch European design dealers to check out, along with four fabulous events to quench your thirst for homeware, taking place from March until April from the UK to Belgium, across to The Netherlands and back again.
The V&A will also keep you busy over the next few months, with two fabulous exhibitions. The rst explores the impact of the Ocean liner on art, architecture, design and film. This is followed by an exhibition on Nordic Design for Children, which is sure to bring out the big kid in you. Surely you remember watching the Moomins on TV?
Wherever possible we endeavour to bring you something new to discover. By highlighting a particular designer, we hope that if you should happen across a piece of their work in the future, you’ll be well-informed and confident in what you’re buying. This scenario could have helped me recently, when I unknowingly discovered a piece by Hans Arne Jakobsson, who I’ve since found out is a lighting genius! The few pieces that I saw sparked my interest, and of course I had to dig further – which wasn’t the easiest of tasks. You can read about my discoveries on page 41. I can’t imagine we are ever really going to run out of designers to inspire us, as the vintage world is a very big place indeed!
Jewellery dealer Gemma Redmond is back with us again, this time talking about the fascination of all things Art Deco that’s sweeping the vintage world, which is good to hear. It wasn’t that long ago that I had an Art Deco styled dining room and my family use to think it looked like our Nan’s house – and they certainly would never have worn her ‘cheap’ costume jewellery! I think we’ll all look at costume jewellery in a slightly different light after reading Gemma’s article.
We also welcome back Victoria Benn, the lady who bought us ‘One Man’s Trash’ back in August/September 2017. This time she’s been hanging out at Jack’s Barbers in Hebden Bridge, and discovers that Jack really can offer his punters something for the weekend!