Interior Design #Dream
Victoria Benn, Features Writer
In the way that certain art galleries are special – the Hepworth being a case in point – so are certain vintage fairs. The host venue of a vintage fair becomes a temporary home for all the items and artefacts displayed therein, and so is also back-drop, stage and context for the goods on sale.
Indeed, Modern Shows chose the perfect venue for their Midcentury Modern fair hosted at the Hepworth last weekend. With the vintage ‘pop up’ taking up residence in a former industrial building just a stone’s throw from the entrance to the Hepworth, the boundaries of industrial heritage, art, form and function became beautifully intertwined.
Vintage fabrics, rugs, movie posters, glass, ceramics, industrial salvage and iconic designer lighting and furniture looked stunningly curated in their makeshift surroundings, juxtaposed as they were against the ‘New York loft style’ concrete floor, raw red brick walls and exposed steel and pipework. It was an interior designer’s #dream.
With many notable sellers in attendance, the range and quality of goods on sale was marked. Verner Panton’s minimalist ‘Bachelor’ chair designed in 1955 cut a striking pose, as did a stack of Arne Jacobsen ‘Ant’ chairs designed in 1952 for a Danish pharmaceutical company, now collector items. A rail of suspended lamp shades by the likes of Fase and Poul Henningsen twinkled seductively, yet unsurprisingly the biggest temptress in the room was Arne Jacobsen’s ‘Egg’ Chair, originally created in 1958, which flaunted its sophisticated elegant lines from on high – a fabulous £8000 scene setter.
My son and I delighted in examining the form of many of the items on display, in the case of some, I might even tentatively call them exhibits, although there was still much that was priced to buy from even the most careful Yorkshire pocket. Yet what delighted me most was the mutual love of mid-century design that visitors and sellers shared.
Confiding that I wasn’t in the market for purchasing said lamp or chair, one seller reassuringly replied, “We don’t just come here to sell, but to engage with people who appreciate the same things as us.” Quickly adding, “although if you did want to buy something – even better!”
Other dates for your vintage address book
Saltaire Record & Retro Fair
Saturday March 10th
Vintage Home Show Leeds
Sunday March 25th
York Does Vintage
Saturday March 17th – Sunday March 18th
The Harrogate Vintage Fair
Saturday April 7th
The Hebden Bridge Vintage Fair
Saturday May 12th to Sunday May 13th
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Interior Design #Dream, 7th February 2018, 12:21 PM