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Midcentury

A Combined 165 Years Of Age

A couple of months ago we all shared in the celebration of Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday. She became a national treasure during the war. Her heart felt songs brought hope and joy to the military at home and abroad as well as civilians in Britain pondering the fate of their loved ones on stationed overseas.

She retained her enormous popularity with records, on radio and in concerts and eventually fronted her own television shows, airing initially in 1969. By that time, she was a true matriarchal English icon, loved, respected and admired.

In her programmes, she sang alongside or sat upon a high bar stool. This was also an international icon of modern furniture design, created by Harry Bertoia in 1952 and still manufactured today by Knoll International. Continue reading →

Summer Fun

It’s that time of year when the summer fetes are in full swing. There are plenty of country fairs, vintage car and traction engine rallies, agricultural shows, garden parties and even the occasional gun dog scurry. And we love them all. Even if the rains pouring down and the wind is reaching gale force, we still manage to turn up but if its hot and sunny, then were out in droves.

All these events have at least one thing in common and that is a  sense of history. It’s not just our identification with a bygone age (a simpler life full of craftsmanship, neighbourliness, local produce, home made cakes Continue reading →

Richard Neutra is alive and well and can be found in Bradford!

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Well, to be more precise, Richard Neutra’s furniture designs can now be seen for the very first time in Britain here at the Home.

Neutra was born in Vienna in 1892 and studied engineering and art as well as architecture and became an excellent draughtsman. This skill stood him in good stead when he emigrated to America in 1923. He initially worked for Frank Lloyd Wright but as work in the Wisconsin office began to dry up, Neutra continued his journey west and settled in Los Angeles just as Hollywood Continue reading →

The Kitchen Revolution

toasterIt’s hardly surprising that we revere the mid century modern period, the years just after the Second World War. This was a time for celebration as peace was restored and a time for designers and artists to exercise the creative energy that had been repressed during years of austerity. This was also a time for developing new materials like plastics and nylon and old ones that had been refined and improved and were now in more plentiful supply as the armaments industry no longer took priority. Continue reading →