We had been counting the days to the latest Midcentury Modern Show at Haggerston School which was held last Sunday 17th May. It’s the most divine way to spend a Sunday and arriving bright and early meant that we even managed to sneak in (with permission) half an hour early before the crowds began to descend.
What makes the show so special?
The informality of the show is one of the things we love the most, there are no “show sets” here so it’s easy to see how a piece or object would fit into your own space at home. The talented dealers are allowed a couple of hours the night before to prepare. The old school is full of charm and the halls and corridors become the backdrop for a totally unique shopping destination allowing the beautiful collections to simply speak for themselves.
The wares this Sunday certainly didn’t disappoint as we were yet again enthralled and overwhelmed by what was on offer… we had intended to merely window shop and generally get involved in the social buzz but succumbed to temptation – more on this later!
Which traders exhibit there?
One of our favourite exhibitors is Dan from Moderne who is based in Brighton. His chosen collection always stands out, the pieces are elegant and beautiful and there was understandably a feeling of excitement around his pitch. He has a particular penchant for brass pineapples which have seen a major resurgence since the 1970’s, originally being used as ice buckets. Denise purchased one of these beauties from Dan at the last show and it is her most prized possession at the moment. Dan also manages to find the most beautiful lights which he believes should be works of art as well as functional, we particularly loved the palm tree lamps with gold leaf paint, truly stunning!
As we crossed over between two buildings we stumbled upon Amanda from Ruby in the Dust – literally based in a corridor! Her show-stopping mirrors, lights, glass wheatsheaf tables and decorative pieces are beautiful and unique and we definitely had to stop. Amanda’s enthusiasm and friendly demeanor is indicative of many of the dealers who are always happy to chat and share their love and passion for beautiful design. Amanda’s 1960’s back lit mirrors, in particular the flower ones, are truly glamorous and would look amazing in a bathroom as another show stopping centre piece.
Chairs were in abundance, all beautifully restored and re-upholstered along with wooden pieces from sideboards to bookcases and coffee tables, each dealer happy to explain the story behind each piece.
There is something for every price point which means that everyone can come away with something special…talking of which…Hannah couldn’t resist the large wooden carved hand from the 1970s and Denise fell in love with a 1980s coffee table from Object d’epoch and a cute still life painting of flowers from Saunders.
Roger from Scandinavian Design is a wealth of knowledge and has stunning Danish furniture particularly leather sofas and seating and we were enthralled by Oliver from Alto Stilo as he explained how he had personally restored two stunning dining room pieces that he had discovered in a barn in Italy.
We could have stayed all day and all night, not least to find out where all the upcoming fairs and exhibitions may be happening. Our final chat of the day was with Frances from Marden as she explained about their collaborative popup shop with Diagonal and 1934 at the Collective in Camden – we will definitely be stopping by!
The next Midcentury Modern Show is on 11th October 2015 and it’s definitely worth a visit… oh and we almost forgot to mention the proper coffee stands with the best pastries and bacon sandwiches as well. Reason to go in itself!
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