Guide to… shopping for mid-century furniture

I’m not sure if it’s cause or effect, but having this blog seems to mean I get asked advice a lot: restaurants, London goings-on, homewares and so on. Just this week I’ve been working back in Airside and was faced with a barrage of questions about where my living room chairs came from. So I thought a nice semi-regular blog feature would be to pull together some of my real-life FAQs into mini-resources on some of the things my nerdy hive-mind has gathered intel on over the years. Mostly so I can send people to these posts rather than send the same link lists round over and over!

Up first, since the chairs are on people’s minds, a guide to where to buy tasty vintage furniture with a mid-century flavour in London and beyond. I intend to update this post as I find new places, and if you have any other suggestions I’d love to hear them.

Chase & Sorensen

These Hackney-based fellas take regular trips to Scandinavia to hunt for stock and their taste is impeccable. They sourced my chairs for me as well the little side table in my living room. You can view their stock and order online, and they also have a little showroom on Dalston Lane.

Yesterday Furniture

Gabrielle sells affordable pieces from east London (and can arrange delivery nationally). Alongside cheaper veneered Danish desks and sideboards, there’s also plenty of Fifties formica dining tables and cute kitchenalia.

Winter’s Moon

Alongside some well-priced vintage pieces, Winter’s Moon also sells upcycled and handmade items like retro fabric lampshapdes and these gorgeous reupholstered chairs.

Speedie’s

A little shabby-looking shop down the ‘wrong’ end of East London’s Redchurch Street hides Speedie’s, with its great fast-changing stock of 60s retro furniture, textiles, lighting and other bits and bobs. We picked up an old wooden record cabinet for under £100 which became our TV table. Check current stock on the blog.

Bring it on home

A cheerful range of goodies including G-Plan, kitsch lighting and some repro industrial chairs.

Homespun Vintage Design

Homespun take a focus on exceptional British craftsmanship from lesser-known names, and their carefully curated range is a joy to browse. An especially nice range of chairs and storage solutions, and the miscellany section is fun to browse to brush up on your mid-century knowledge.

Kicsi Haz

This cute site has the curious speciality of Eastern European seating, freshly reupholstered in contemporary fabrics. I’d love one of their stylish club chairs to sit in a corner of my house.

The Modern Warehouse

If you’re a label fiend, this vintage-luxe shop stocks loads of original pieces from names like Wegner, Jacobsen and Eames, but be prepared to pay dearly for them. One for when I’m rich with a Modernist mansion to fill…

More links: markets, shows and events


Again, I’d love to hear your suggestions for more shops in the comments, and if you have a particular subject you’d like to see a future guide about, let me know.

20 thoughts on “Guide to… shopping for mid-century furniture

  1. Great post Katie, thanks! And perfect timing too as I’ve just got paid and am looking for a desk and a few lamps. Ebay is always a good one, I’ve seen some great stuff on there recently. Have a great weekend x

  2. Hi Katie,
    I’ve followed your blog for some time, I run Soulful Toaster, we have an online catalogue plus a small showroom out in Dorking, Surrey. I find vintage, retro furniture and home accessories from all over and clean, restore, rework them. Hope you like! (sorry for the cheeky plug!)

    http://www.soulful-toaster.co.uk

  3. Hi there, thanks so much for the mention. I am loving your site, and those living room chairs, and i’m a little too interested in LLustre (have signed up).

    We’re going to be at the Furniture Flea at York Hall this sunday, if you’re coming down do come and say hi.

    Helen

  4. Loving your suggestions :)
    Allways in search of a bargain, but always very difficcult to find with high quality standards :) Since you asked for: here’s a suggestion: check out Casa Almada in Oporto (www.casaalmada.com)… all original (rare to find these days).
    Best of luck for you all!

  5. Hi there… i would like to introduce you to our shop and website: Proper. We specialise in mid century furniture and lighting mainly 1970’s. We also have a ‘graphic’ leaning and feature period film posters, road signs and shop letterforms. We are online and also a real world shop at Arch 389, Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PN. Right by London Fields in Hackney. I hope you like our stuff.
    Paul.
    Proper.
    07971 850716

  6. Hi Katie – great stuff!
    I have started a new up-cycling project in Herts. and would be delighted if you could take a look at my website and find time for a chat.
    kind regards
    Ian

  7. I have been redoing my living space lately due to drastic changes in my personal taste. It is important to me to create a certain atmosphere in my living space, and I think some mid century furniture would help a lot. I don’t really know where or how to find the right furniture for me, so I really appreciate your tips! Thank you for such a thorough article and for going over the step by step process of buying furniture!

  8. Well! A very nice and new thought for blog you have chose and that’s great too. Vintage furniture is such a furniture from which you will get both style yet decent look for your home. Such collection marks beauty to your home.

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