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Retro rehab

Mid-century Scandi, folk art, architectural reclamation, garden antiques – and the resurgence of our old friend 'brown' furniture

The eclectic century mash-up look’s still on trend but you need to find the right vintage pieces that work in your home. Antiques expert Gail McLeod, from the team behind the famous Bath Decorative Antiques Fair and with decades of experience in the trade, has come up with the vintage and antique genres which never lose their appeal (and so far,  their value) – plus one that’s making a surprising comeback.

Mid-century Scandi

Antiques by Design, Dorset

Don Draper just left the building. Mid-century modern runs roughly from the mid-1930s to the 1960s/70s and utilises the then new methods of furniture construction  – tubular steel, moulded plastics, pressed wood – to create furniture aiming for the perfect combo of form and function. Scandinavian designers heavily influenced British design from the mid 1950s onwards but look out for original Scandi stuff. Loving this sofa made by Danish designer Mogens Hansen.

red scandi scandinavian

Antiques by Design, Dorset

Architectural reclamation

stone fireplace, archtitectural salvage

Wharton Antiques, Somerset

Somewhere in the middle between demolition and architectural design comes architectural reclamation or salvage. Saved from the skip, these rescued relics make for intriguing interiors – or exteriors.

Wharton Antiques, Somerset

Folk art

Erna Hiscock & John Shepherd, Sussex

Created by self-taught artists and artisans from the past, folk art ranges from naive paintings, through humble household utensils to carvings and sometimes mysterious objects for which we may never know the purpose. It’s certainly not fine art, it’s often eccentric and always steeped in tradition.

Erna Hiscock & John Shepherd, Sussex

Garden antiques


Vagabond Antiques, Sussex

Nicely weather-worn stone statues, ornaments, urns, planters, statuary, fountains, old park benches, bird baths, garden tools * pause for breath* … garden antiques are anything you can put out into your garden.  You can get away with flamboyant stuff outside, too. A miniature Greek temple anyone?

‘Brown’ furniture

wooden chair vintage

Vagabond Antiques, Sussex

Old heavy wooden tables and chairs that up until now, no one could give away, are making a comeback. Re-imagined by young antique dealers and appreciated for their intrinsic value, just sling some modern art on nearby a wall and suddenly you’ve got the look.

Win a stay at the Gainsborough Bath Spa

You can find all of this and more at the brilliant Bath Decorative Antiques Fair which is taking place for the 30th year (happy birthday!) at The Pavilion in Bath, from Thurs 8 – Sun 11 March 2018.

Tickets to the Fair are £5 but you can get a FREE TICKET here. Take it with you to enter a draw to win an overnight stay with dinner for two at the fabulous 5-star Gainsborough Bath Spa hotel in the centre of Bath. Now that’s what I call a proper good prize.

Open to the public: Friday 9 March 11am – 5pm; Saturday 10 March 11am – 5pm; Sunday 11 March 11am – 4pm.

Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, The Pavilion, North Parade Road, Bath BA2 4EU.

1 comment on “Retro rehab”

  • Gail McLeod February 15, 2018

    thank you Muddy for this great post!


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