Tag Archives: 1970s

Meakin Coffee Pot and Jug – SOLD

20 Oct

J&G Meakin coffee pot & water jug

J&G Meakin coffee pot & water jug

How handsome is this pair? I’ve always loved this rather masculine style of coffee pot from J&G Meakin, so to find a matching water jug is just great! Both pieces have a speckled glaze (not that visible in the photos), with a lovely matte texture.

A great example of ’70s design in near mint condition.

Dimensions: Coffee pot – 24cm tall x 10cm in diameter; Water jug – 19cm tall x 10.5cm in diameter

Price: Coffee pot – R160; Water jug – R95/R240 for the pair

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1970s Arcopal Dishes – SOLD

19 Oct

Set of 6 Arcopal dishes

Set of 6 Arcopal dishes

I love pyrex dinnerware! Well in this case it’s not actually pyrex, but Arcopal glass, a toughened glass very similar to pyrexware, just a bit milkier. And I love the 1970s pattern – ‘Scania’ – no idea why it’s called that, but it’s lovely to look at! There’s some wear to the pattern, and the glass has some fine scratches, but given that the dishes are in the region of forty years old, they’re really not doing too badly!

P.S. These dishes are quite deep – would make good pasta dishes or even shallow soup bowls

Dimensions: Each dish measures 22cm in diameter x 3cm deep

Price: R140 for the set

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Krups Coffee Maker – SOLD

5 Oct

Krups coffee maker

Krups coffee maker

This is definitely one of the more unusual coffee makers that I’ve come across! In fact when I first looked at it I had absolutely no idea how it worked! Where do you pour the water and how on earth does it get into the coffee pot? It turns out that this is a bit of a cross between a drip coffee machine and a stove-top moka pot with the water (which is stored in the metal section underneath the glass coffee pot) being forced up the sides of the coffee maker when the temperature rises and then slowly dripping down into the coffee pot. Some sites date the Krups T8 to the 1960s, but others to the 1970s, and in truth I think it was probably produced over a number of years. In fact despite it being a rather unusual design Krups clearly believe it’s a winner, because in 1997 they reintroduced it with the new and improved version selling for just over £100! Personally I think the earlier machine is much more attractive, but the modern version does have the benefit of having a built-in filter. The older T8 has a round plastic basket which means that you can’t use the standard cone shaped filter, but you can use a flat round filter available from Melitta and for sale online for R250 for 200 filters – enough to last you absolute ages!

An unusual and respected coffee machine that’s not only easy on the eyes, but also makes a damn fine cup of Jo (according to the reviews that I’ve read).

Dimensions: 34cm tall x 19.5cm in diameter (across base)

Price: R320

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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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Vintage Kid’s Print – SOLD

10 Sep

Vintage children's print: 'Trips in a Balloon' by Klaus Schottler

Vintage children’s print: ‘Trips in a Balloon’ by Klaus Schottler

How delightful is this vintage print, ‘Trips in a Balloon’ by Klaus Schottler! The artist isn’t well known, and the print itself is a bit worn, but it’s such a wonderful composition – can’t you just see it hanging in a little boy or girl’s bedroom? I suspect that the print is probably more or less the same age as the original painting, so a bit of wear’s to be expected, and the damage isn’t bad enough that you notice it immediately, or that it detracts from the print.

A beautifully quirky print that would look wonderful in a nursery or toddler’s bedroom.

Dimensions: 33cm long x 25cm wide x 1.5cm deep

Price: R120

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Corning Ware Coffee Percolator – SOLD

7 Sep

Corning Ware 6-cup coffee percolator

Corning Ware 6-cup coffee percolator

Designed in 1969, ‘Floral Bouquet’ is probably one of my very favourite Corning Ware pattern! I just love the stylised floral pattern, and the restrained use of colour – such great design! And pair it with a nice clean 6-cup coffee percolator and you have a real winner! The larger Corning Ware coffee pots are always very impressive, but sometimes the smaller ones are a bit more practical.

A classic coffee percolator in near mint condition.

Dimensions: 22cm tall x 13.5cm in diameter (at it widest)

Price: R250

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