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Design Junction : Yesteryear at Retropolitan

Leaving behind the euphoria that was the London Design Festival, I'll try to get back to a more normal routine of posting next week, I promise. 

There was a veritable abundance of design inspiration at all the shows I attended - Top Drawer, Design Junction, Decorex and Focus (there were many more I didn't visit).  A few bloggers have been posting about the festival so I'm going to save giving you the habitual report of each event and instead show you something old that I got my sticky palms on at Design Junction last week.

Parting with my cash on this particular stand was not a difficult task.  Dear me, there was only one challenge, that of choosing what wonderful piece of glass or ceramic ware to buy from Lesley at Retropolitan who sells mid 20th Century homewares and accessories. It was all the more sweeter given I had never expected to be able to take home any products from the event, let alone anything vintage.  I settled on this German 50's Jasba vase.

I really like to mix antique, vintage accessories with new ones for a homey, easy, fun feel.  There's nothing worse than seeing a collection of things that are all brand new - it's stiff, unimaginative, lacks effort and of course there's no history.  I love to sit and wonder where stuff has been before, where it has travelled from and what its previous owners were like. I was attracted to the Jasba vase for it's crazy combination of marbled matt pattern with blazing gold flashes.

I very nearly made friends with this large blue-green decorative vase too, but stopped short of purchasing it as it was quite big and I wasn't sure where I could fit it in my home.  I regret the decision now. Trust me when I say that it's important to buy something as soon as you see and really fall in love with it because you'll always find a place to put it and regretfully you might never get the opportunity to purchase again.

Lesley's enthusiasm for her products is palpable as she talks her way through the history of each piece of beautiful coloured, curved glass.  Laura bought this one:

Lesley's online store is well worth a visit, I've no doubt there'll be a super stylish piece to capture your heart.

If you want to find out more about the shows participating in London Design Festival, pop along to Katies award winning blog for an informative and comprehensive report.

Have a great weekend folks x



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Reader Comments (8)

i'm so jealous. it looks so like so much fun to browse all those design elements and be inspired. hope you have great weekend too! Teri

September 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

That vase is just stunning. I love the streak of gold down the front. The colors are so rich, they must look even better in person. Nice score! Bummer about the other one you passed on. I have those shopping regrets often and I try not to beat myself up over them, but I know how you feel! xo

September 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Oh GAWD, that vase is gorgeous! I'm trying so, so hard not to buy things these days, but that would have been hard to pass up. And I hear you on the shopping regret. Heartbreaking. But. You've left the door open for something new and perhaps even more wonderful to walk in.

September 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

You definitely picked a winner in choosing that vase, Sam. It's really beautiful. I think my design aesthetic is the same as yours - a mix of antique and vintage. Though, I also have some newer, modern pieces. To a trained eye, nothing probably goes together, but I buy what I like. I'm also all too familiar with the pain of regret after deciding not to purchase something. I have many tales of the one that got away.
All of you London folks must have been is design heaven over the past week. Enjoy the memories, and have a wonderful weekend!

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

Oooh Sam, I didn't know you'd snapped my lovely blue bottle as it was being wrapped! Leslie's business was a very special find, and I am always taken by something that has a story, especially a romantic story of hard strapped artists producing their decorative pieces. I have lovely memories of that evening! And I am quite envious of your vase: it is like a very beautiful dinosaur egg. xx

September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Passey

@Teri - it was fun, although too much design to take in all at once at times :0)
@Erin - thanks love. I didn't regret the decision not to buy anything at ABC Home though :-)
@Lauren - 'You've left the door open for something new and perhaps even more wonderful to walk in.' I love your thinking lady, I'll remember this next time
@Theresa - thank you! I love that you buy what you like, things don't have to go together, it makes them all the more exciting.
@Laura - I did!! And it wasn't blurred. I cannot wait to see your beautiful blue bottle in its place. It was a fun night absolutely. thanks lovely x

October 2, 2012 | Registered CommenterSamantha Lennie

It was a fabulous evening and a lovely surprise that we could buy things! I'm regretting not buying the other blue pharmacy bottle, would have been perfect to add height to my hall table.

LOVE your vase, it looks gorgeous on your mantle piece. The contrast between the silky finish of the green ceramic next to the molten lava like streak of decadent gold is exquisite. x

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

You might well be able to get it through the website, Kelly?

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Passey

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