An interesting post over on Deep Glamour considers “the reclaimed glamour of architectural salvage.” Here’s an excerpt:
[Baltimore artist Sean O’Harra and Meg Fairfax Fielding, the author of the Pigtown Design blog] agree that people are drawn to the inherent glamour of vintage materials, whether they’re raw or have been reworked to create something new. “We’re honoring our past and what came before us,” says Fielding.
But both add warnings. Fielding notes that, like so many other things that are glamorous on the surface, architectural salvage requires a great deal of dirty, gritty work for both sellers and shoppers. …
O’Harra’s concerns relate to the popularity of vintage materials and what that means for quality. “A lot of antique shops and pickers jumped on this bandwagon and make things that people see as interesting. But a lot of times, I think there’s not a good marriage between materials. People eat it up because it’s aged, but it doesn’t always look aesthetically pleasing to me.”
O’Harra also laments the increased popularity of newly made objects with a vintage look, which is at odds with his environmentally-conscious approach to reusing materials. “A lot of what you see is not vintage – it’s recast materials made with new wood. That’s not the right thing. These are one-off objects that shouldn’t be mass-produced.”
Post on the 25th March via Unconsumption
New to Magpie Home & Interiors is this collection of four modern travel posters of the city of Liverpool. Providing a contemporary take on the colourful simplicity of vintage travel posters of the 1930s-50s, these posters celebrate the new and old landmarks that symbolise one of the world’s most iconic cities.
The set includes the Catholic Metropolitan and Anglican Cathedrals, The Restaurant Tower ( St Johns Beacon) built in 1969, the Albert Dock and the Liverbirds taking inspiration from the Royal Liver Building one of the most recognisable landmarks in the city of Liverpool and home to two fabled Liver Birds that watch over the city and the sea.
These fine A3 art prints are printed on heavyweight 300gsm white matte board – for a smooth, matte finish and can be purchase individually or as a set via our website.
I am usually rubbish at taking before pictures but this weekend I managed to remember so I thought I would share them with you.
I started work on the smaller two drawer on Sunday so I am just waiting for its new handles to arrive and then I will post an after shot and you can let me know what you think.
This Victorian pine blanket box is our latest addition. It has been hand painted and finished in old white chalk paint. A natural wax has been applied to give a beautiful and durable finish. We have updated this piece with new ceramic handles with a coral detail which adds a subtle splash of colour.