Good design never goes out of style, or so the saying goes. This is why when looking for your next big furniture purchase, or even small accent or ornament, one should remember to look to the past – whether it’s browsing antique stores and combing through flea markets, or looking at new pieces inspired by a particular style period or that make use of up-cycled or reclaimed materials.
The vintage look isn’t exclusively for free-spirited shabby-chic homeowners though; in fact, it could be the exact opposite – just think of the sleek silhouettes of mid-century-modern pieces you may have seen on TV shows like Mad Men. And if the idea of rifling through flea markets or eBay for vintage furnishings already feels headache-inducing enough, there’s no need to subject yourself to it. Achieving that vintage look does not mean that your furniture genuinely needs to hail from an earlier period of history; instead, look out for materials like chrome and glass for a retro-modern feel, or consider re-upholstering chairs in graphic or geometric patterns that hark back to particular design eras.
Another option is shopping for furniture that has been made from reclaimed or pre-loved materials; these will give your home an instant talking point and narrative – something that you just won’t get from a matching set ordered off a catalogue.
To help you on your way to achieving your dream vintage look for the home, here are some of our favourite pieces from our collection:
This reclaimed wood dining table is just right for the rustic, industrial feel. Axel MK2’s wood is drawn from decommissioned Chinese fishing junks that have withstood decades of exposure to the elements, giving each plank a different texture and colouration. A hand-treated iron frame completes the look of this rustic dining table. Alternatively, opt for the Axel Parquet MK2, which is made using smaller blocks of the reclaimed wood arranged in a geometric pattern.
Live out your own Jane Austen period drama with this Georgian-inspired dining table, made using reclaimed timber sourced from empty buildings across the UK – some of the wood dates back a hundred years. The sturdy, shabby-chic dining table is ideal for anchoring a dining area in an open-plan space, making it perfect for casual family meals or dinner parties with friends.
The Vestige takes offcuts of reclaimed timber to make a patterned table top. As the timber was sourced from various vacated buildings across the UK, including old mills and distilleries, each piece is unique, and its imperfections pave the way to stories of how they might have been used. This gives the otherwise sleek silhouetted table a rugged, industrial look – a feeling that is further emphasised by its iron table frame.
This is our take on what is probably one of the most recognisably British sofas of yesteryear – the classic Chesterfield. The Westminster keeps all those distinctive details, such as deep buttoning, a tufted leather back and a low seat, and is handcrafted using traditional methods, but we’ve tweaked the dimensions, and optimised the sofa for today’s sensibilities. For the antique sofa look, choose upholstery in a buttery worn-in leather, which come embellished with stud detailing, or go for one of our many sumptuous, soft fabrics which are finished with piping. If you foresee yourself spending a significant amount of time parked on the sofa with a book or watching Netflix, then consider the Westminster Feather, named after its feather filled cushion seats, which provide the ultimate in comfort.
This timeless design will look right at home whatever its surroundings, whether it’s an airy loft apartment or a cosy cottage in the countryside. With a deep seat, the Viscount William is great for flopping onto and settling in for a long night of reading or catching up on your favourite TV shows.
Inspired by the streamlined forms of mid-20th-century Danish design, the Reggio loveseat is great for compact spaces, and its high back makes it perfect for bookworms to snuggle up with the latest paperback. This retro sofa can be upholstered in a variety of materials; hand-finished leathers come with legs matched in your chosen finish, whilst seats in soft linens or velvets are paired with timber legs.
Named after its snaking curves at the front of the seat, the Serpentine is inspired by the classic Chesterfield, and adapted by us to maximise comfort and style. The three-seater is fully buttoned-up on the back and seat; we love how soft the velvet feels against the skin, but it’s also available in leather with stud detailing for a more masculine look.