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Metal Filing Drawers – SOLD

6 Nov

Vintage metal filing drawers

Vintage metal filing drawers

I think this must be the first full sized filing cabinet that I’ve ever bought. I’ve sold loads of the table-top versions over the years, but have never been tempted to committed to the real thing until now. While this filing cabinet is much like many others, it’s the slightly olivey tone of the paint and those great metal handles that won me over! Plus I know it’s a silly thing to be charmed by, but I really like all of the original Sankey Sheldon labels – ridiculous though, because those will likely recovered up when whoever buys it makes their own labels for the drawers! And I do hope someone does make labels – I know that we have loads less paperwork these days, but I still seem to have enough to fill a few drawers (perhaps I should hold onto it for myself!), and you can always repurpose the drawers for crafts or tools, or something else a bit more imaginative!

Note: The drawers aren’t in bad nick for their years, but there are some scratches and bit of corrosion here and there – see pics under ‘more’ for details.

Dimensions: 1.32m tall x 46cm wide x 62cm deep

Price: R1100

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Retro Vinyl Armchair – SOLD

2 Nov

Retro vinyl armchair

Retro vinyl armchair

How handsome is this armchair?! The green vinyl’s a bit worse for wear in places, but it’s definitely still passable so it seemed a shame to reupholster it – where possible I think it’s generally better to try and hold onto as many original features as you can. The black steel frame could maybe also do with a paint, but again it’s not in terrible condition, and we’ve given the wooden armrests a sand and a seal, so they look fairly neat!

A super attractive chair that would work well in a study, lounge or bedroom.

Note: The springs are a bit bouncy, but probably still good for a few more years.

Dimensions: 72cm tall x 62cm wide x 65cm deep

Price: R1100

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Small Retro Wooden Couch – SOLD

23 Oct

Small retro wooden couch

Small retro wooden couch

I bought this lovely little couch when we first moved to Jozi five months ago and have been working up the will to part with it! But now I’m ready! It’s a lovely piece of furniture that would work well in a large study or a small sitting room. We’ve sanded down the wood and given it a few coats of water-based varnish, but we’ve left the upholstery as we found it. The fabric’s not particularly offensive and is in decent enough nick – leave it as is, or buy new fabric to suit your taste. The webbing could probably do with being pulled a bit tighter, but it’s not so bad that you completely sink into the couch.

A very simple, but handsome piece of furniture that I know is going to make someone very happy!

NB: I’m not sure how clear the colour of the fabric is in the photos – it’s a kind of green-grey. 

Dimensions: 120cm wide x 75cm tall x 70cm deep

Price: R2200

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Retro Wooden Sideboard – SOLD

20 Oct

Retro wooden sideboard

Retro wooden sideboard

There’s no hiding the fact that this sideboard’s a bit worse for wear – the veneer has worn through in a few spots, and there’s some damage to the corner on one of the drawers, but for all its wear it’s still avery handsome piece of furniture! It actually reminds me a lot of our own sideboard, which I’m quite attached to! It’s quite a boxy design, emphasised even further by those chunky rectangular handles. The felt lining on the cutlery drawer’s a bit tatty, and the one door’s a bit sticky (I’m doing a great job of selling this aren’t I?!), but fortunately you don’t really use a sideboard every day, so it’s not the end of the world if things are a bit fiddly, and even the wear won’t be that noticeable once you have it decorated with a vase, and the odd photo frame.

An attractive and reasonably priced piece of furniture that will add some great retro style to your dining room.

Dimensions: 162.5cm wide x 45cm deep x 81.5cm tall

Price: R2200

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Nesting Coffee Tables – SOLD

2 Oct

Pye-Franklin Ltd nesting tables

Pye-Franklin Ltd nesting tables

If you google Pye-Franklin, the manufacturer responsible for this lovely set of nesting coffee tables, you’ll see loads of references to Danish/Scandinavian style furniture, but as best as I can tell Pye-Franklin were a UK-based firm of furniture makers. Wikipedia has an entry for a David Pye, who was Professor of Furniture Design at The Royal College of Art between 1964 and 1974, and I’m pretty sure that’s he’s the Pye partner in Pye-Franklin. When I bought the set someone had covered the tops in some horrid linoleum (the fake wood kind), so we’ve given the tables a sanding and some fresh varnish. There are one or two patches where the veneer has started to show through, and the wooden slat which supports the smaller tables is a bit scratched from moving the tables in and out, but on the whole it’s a fairly clean set.

Note: Even the largest table is pretty dinky – please pay attention to the dimensions below.

Dimensions: Large table – 73.5cm wide x 41cm deep x 41cm tall; Small tables – 36cm wide x 36cm deep x 33cm tall

Price: R1100 for the set

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Retro D.S. Vorster Lounge Suite – SOLD

29 Sep

Retro D.S. Vorster lounge suite

Retro D.S. Vorster lounge suite

I think this is probably the most expensive piece I’ve ever had for sale, and in turn it’s also the most money I’ve ever shelled out for Mint! I was very fortunate in Durbs to have a stupidly cheap upholsterer, but moving to Jozi I’ve discovered what people really pay to do things up, and it aint cheap! But in this case I think it was money well spent!

The lounge suite was made by D.S. Vorster, a high-end South African furniture manufacturer founded in 1943 who were responsible for furnishing the Blue Train and the Beacon Island Hotel. The people I bought it from seemed to think that the lounge suite dated to the 1970s, but I would have thought it was maybe a bit earlier – perhaps late 1960s? Obviously I can’t say for certain, but going on the amount of wear and tear, and of course the style of the piece, that would be my guess. The set was in a terrible state when I bought it – the cushions were so sad that I left them behind! In addition to new foam the settee and chairs also needed new padding, and obviously new upholstery fabric. We also sanded down the wood, but were glad to see that the frames, which also appear to be good quality wood, are in great nick – this was a lounge suite that was built to last!

For the most part this is a very plain set, but there are some truly beautiful design elements that really make it stand out, the most notable being the wooden frame that supports the three seater settee – it had me weak at the knees! The wooden slats that sit on the back aren’t actually attached to the couch, but rather lean against the fabric offering support – so simple, and so ridiculously handsome! Obviously it means that you should position the couch so that the back of the settee shows, but I suppose you could also just pull the couch away from the wall so that you can at least catch a glimpse of it!

I know that this is a lot to pay for a lounge suite, but it’s all relative – I think that you’d struggle to get something of this quality (and this incredible style) for this price – and personally I think the fact that it’s a South African design (and such a cool one at that) makes it well worth the money! This is an investment that you can’t really go wrong with!

Note: Because of the new foam, the couches are quite hard, so need a few throw cushions to soften them.

Dimensions: Three seater settee – 215cm wide x 76cm deep x 76cm tall; Single armchairs – 73cm wide x 90cm deep x 76cm tall

Price: R13 500 for the set (one x three seater & two x one seaters)

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