Wednesday, 27 June 2018

The Return Of 80's Leather Fashion

Just like the hair and the shoulder pads 80's leather fashion was big! The bolder and brighter the better, fringed, studded, pleated and skin tight it was worn all ways and by anyone. From skirts and trousers to jackets and dresses you could dress top to toe in leather.

At the shop we've recently acquired a great selection of classic 80's leather clothing like this fabulous hot pink dress complete with poppers and 80's essential, the batwing sleeve

In the same shipment was this amazing blue leather trouser suit. Classic 80's pleated ankle length pants with batwing sleeve jacket that fastens on the hip.  Wear with a white t-shirt and push up the sleeves for a perfect 80's look!

1980's Blue Leather Trouser Suit

So if you fancy struting your stuff in some 80's leather pop into the shop, there's lots to choose from from in a wide choice of colours

Monday, 5 February 2018

Sierra by G-Plan

As a regular stockist of G Plan furniture we were excited to come across these wall units from their Sierra range.
The Sierra style was something of a throwback for G-Plan after their flirtation with Danish style in the 1960's. Bridging the gap between Kofod-Larsen and the 1970's Fresco range, Sierra has, if anything, more of the 1950's Brandon style to it, on the handles and the pale colouring for example.
This rare cabinet breaks down into four separate pieces, two base units and two sets of shelves, one with glass cabinet doors and one with a drop down bureau.

The green backing is interesting, something G-Plan never repeated, but actually very contemporary in the right setting.
We don't see a huge amount of Sierra, certainly nothing compared to Fresco for example, perhaps Sierra wasn't a great seller?

More details on our website  G-Plan Sierra
I've never seen a catalogue of the period but we've found a few images of other pieces from the range......

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Original 1950's First G-Plan Catalogue

We've come across a bit of G-plan history that we'd love to share, it's what seems to be the very first G-plan catalogue. 
E. Gomme had been making furniture in High Wycome for over 50 years before launching the revolutionary and hugely successful G-plan range in the early 1950's.
There is a great archive of Gomme history HERE but they don't seem to have this particular brochure. 
Of interest is that although the furniture featured here is of G-plans initial 'Brandon' range. Neither Brandon nor it's designer V.B. Wilkins is mentioned anywhere in the brochure, despite the archive clearly having the same items, even the same images advertised as Brandon. Logic would say that Gomme decided to brand the range AFTER this particular brochure was produced.
As the blurb in the brochure is introducing G-plan as an entirely new idea, it would make sense.
Here at Space Harrogate we generally have a dozen G-plan pieces in stock at any one time, including items from this range, I've linked a few Brandon pieces currently in stock towards the end.
                                  We hope this proves useful, enjoy......

And here's some examples you can buy today
A dining room sideboard with a gorgeous 'nut-brown' patina from Page 13. 
G-Plan Brandon Sideboard
 and a G-Plan Brandon Chest of Drawers with Bureau Secretaire from Page 5

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Nathan Furniture 1965 Catalogue

A Nathan furniture catalogue, handily noted on the cover as 1965
It was in the drawer of this sideboard we've just listed. More info HERE

 The interestingly named 'conquest' range of bedroom furniture

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

1960 Tretchikoff Brochure

"Tretchikoff achieved what Andy Warhol stated he wanted to but never could because of his coolness."   -  Wayne Hemingway

I'd like to share some interesting scans of my Tretchikoff catalogue from 1960, sometime after his first major U.S. shows but before the release of some of his more famous artworks such as 'Penny Whistlers' and 'Miss Wong' 

Frost & Reed were the distributors for Tretchikoff prints in the UK and must have done a good job as he remains one of the most commercially successful artists ever. 
This particular brochure was left with 'Treasure Trove' in Newquay, Cornwall, happily still trading as Cornwall Galleries.  There's an order page inside back cover, designed to be filled in and torn out, happily it never has been and still has the shop stamp.

Here are the scans.......

It's interesting that no framing options are included.  Did these come with a standard frame or were the retailers expected to frame them themselves (hence the framing variations and different labels on the back of the same print)? 
We usually have several vintage Tretchikoff prints instore in our shop Space in Harrogate, UK.  Call for more info 01423 709941.
We currently have an original glazed copy of the brochure cover picture 'Lost Orchid' instore.

Here's the second Frost & Reed Tretchikoff catalogue produced in 1962. This has caused a little confusion as I've seen my, earlier, brochure attributed to 1962. Tretchikoff had experienced huge success in the few years inbetween so it's reasonable to assume the earlier brochure is a little rarer.

Feel free to comment if you have any more information, thanks.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Acapulco Vs Crystal Tipps Vs Gaytime

The late 1960's were a heyday for 'out-there' design.

The psychedelic music. fashions and artwork of the underground scene inevitably spilled out into mainstream design and were incorporated into everyday products.

English Ironstones Beefeater plates are a great example relatively easy to find today

Have a look at the full range here.. Psychedelic Bull Plates. There was a very prehistoric looking fish range too!

Today, though, we're looking at two remarkably similar ceramic ranges that seem to have had their own spin off cartoon series.

In 1967 Villeroy & Boch released their Acapulco design into the wild...a pattern so eyecatchingly bright and vivid it's become an iconic image in the world of retro.
The shape, by Ludwig Scherer, had been used before but the design, by Christine Reuter inspired by a Mexican holiday, was something new, and here it was available in cups, saucers, coffee pots and even kettles and fondue sets. 

Here is one of the coffee pots, along with a milk jug, that's just come into Space
           Villeroy & Boch Acapulco

Gorgeous, aren't they?  Although, I can't help thinking, would you want to eat your dinner from one of these plates?

The line was revived in the 1980's (with a brown base mark instead of blue) and has recently been redesigned and made available again as
             NewWave Acapulco

Around the same time (well, you know, perhaps just a little bit later!) , Lord Nelson Pottery in the UK, were producing Gaytime, another huge range of white china with a psychedelic bird and flower design.
A coincidence? Probably not, the name of the designer has been lost to time and the pottery long since closed but this is easily the funkiest thing they ever did in their long years of production.
A few years later in the early 70's, this happened...

Crystal Tipps and Alistair was possibly the weirdest cartoon ever. A young girl with huge purple hair and a mini dress and a big grey double jointed dog.  Created by Hilary Hayton and Graham McCallum they got up to various adventures every 5.40 for 50 episodes from 1972 with the colours and styling making Magic Roundabout look like a Party Political Broadcast.
Regular friends were a trippy bird and butterfly bearing more than a passing resemblance to the Acapulco design, especially when hiding  in the vegetation shown here in a tie-in book.

Are there designs around now that will so fondly remembered in 50 years time?

Here's the birds together (I've thrown in a Carlton Ware money box for good measure)