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Hollywood or bust

What would you do if you had to choose between your new career as a furniture designer or working on the set of The Avengers with a cast you never dreamed you would share the screen with?  Thankfully Olivia Scott-Taylor did not have to make the choice.  While she spent most of last year working on The Avengers…

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Mile High Poster Club

At Midcentury Modern there is one illustrator’s work people come back to again and again. It is so hard to keep your eyes off it. The images not only emote, big time, they proved, early on, how commercial art could succeed without words to draw people in. Back in the 1950’s TWA hit advertising gold…

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Architects Go Teeny Tiny for Charity

Ever had that dream where one of the world’s top architects designed your house? Well now you can own one, albeit a diminiutive one, designed with disabled children in mind. You just need to put in the top bid after a project led by the charity KIDS  asked twenty of the world’s leading architects to…

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Things we have loved and lost

Determined not to be bad drug dealers – our drug of choice being mid-century furniture – Petra and I have let many beautiful pieces over the ten years go since we have worked in the field of pre-loved design classics. Not wanting to be slave to our profession but its master, we see ourselves as…

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MidModMadness

Members of the lifestyle press often ask if we have been inspired by “The Mad Men effect”. And even though we love the programme as much as the next vintage-obsessed person our answer I’m afraid is “No”. Seeing that we started eleven years ago, back in June 2003, and that Mad Men did not burst…

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The Gatsby Effect

If you are loving the copper trend that Tom Dixon and Jaime Hayon rocked the design world with in 2012 then you will be tickled pinky gold to know it is showing no let up in 2013. But no matter what we saw mixed in with shades of bronze and gold in Milan nothing compares…