We love collecting beautiful antique furniture and vintage objects. We keep these pieces not only because they are attractive and functional, but also because they often mean something to us. Whether it’s because of where we were when we bought them, how we were feeling at the time or because of who gave them to us, we attach feelings towards the most loved furniture in our homes.
These feelings towards inanimate objects bring them to life, turning pieces of antique furniture into important cornerstones in the way we feel about a room or an area of the house.
We wanted to share with you some of our favourite antique or vintage pieces from our own homes. They’re our favourites because they mean something to us and we’ll share the reasons why.
Vintage Scandinavian Aquamarine and Teak Desk
This desk was the first proper piece of furniture that I really bought for myself. I was living and working in Berlin for a few years and I’d rented a room in a light-filled loft filled with classic German design and retro pieces from East Germany. I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be able to afford such a beautiful living space and I really fell in love with that particular style of furniture.
One Sunday, I went with a friend to a small flea market in a beautiful Berlin square called Arkonaplatz and immediately fell in love with this vintage desk. I loved the simple design and the beautiful teak legs. I’ve always been a sucker for that colour!
Italian Antique Chandelier Lamp
This beautiful Italian antique chandelier lamp will always remind me of my brother. He passed away over ten years ago and I bought this from a local antique shop some time afterwards. It feels as though this object is inextricably linked to the grief I felt at the time, but also to my brother and my memories of him.
It stands in the entrance hall of my house and I see it every time I come in and out of the front door, meaning that I think about him everyday.
I love the elegant simplicity of the tall stand and then the top-heavy chandelier design. The crystal teardrops are huge and I love how the light fractures off them across my hallway.
This painting was a gift for my 21st birthday from my Mum’s best friend, Samantha. She had picked it up from Kempton Market.
When I was younger I loved ballet, acting and any sort of performing. There are hours and hours of family videos showing me putting on fashion shows or choreographing my own dance to the Lion King – I must’ve driven my family mad!
This painting now hangs in my bedroom and I absolutely love the colour and the pose of the ballerina. It makes me happy every time I look at it – both because it reminds me of a fantastic time at my 21st birthday party and also because it reminds me of how much I loved performing to my family.