When it comes to decorating our homes, a little history is a wonderful way to add interest and personality, as well as serving as a conversation piece. The trend for vintage and antique has always been popular whether it’s a magnificent antique cabinet, a vintage light fitting or an upcycled chair, and the beauty of these pieces is that they can be incorporated into such a huge range of styles. From valuable family heirlooms with sentimental significance to little trinkets collected from travels or rummaging in a pretty antique shop, introducing something old works wonders in traditional and contemporary settings alike.
If you’re a fan of vintage, antiques and reclaimed materials in your home, here’s what you need to look out for at the Cambridge Home + Garden Show.
Featured image: FiMi
Two friends, Fiona and Michelle, set up FiMi in 2014 creating luxurious soya wax scented candles in unique contemporary, vintage and antique containers. FiMi’s candles come in a range of delightful fragrances (the Green Orange & Coriander sounds especially delicious). However, what makes FiMi’s candles so special is the containers. Scouring the country for the perfect vessels, each handmade candle has that unique personal touch to it making every candle truly one of a kind. FiMi can fill one of your own containers and also offer a refilling service so it really is the gift that keeps on giving.
One of FiMi ranges that is particularly noteworthy is The Drawing Room Collection created using a collection of coffee cans belonging to Cambridge musicologist Christopher Hogwood CBE. Hogwood was an avid collector of pictures, porcelain and glass including his collection of 1400 coffee cans, one of the most significant in the country.
Read more about The Drawing Room Collection and FiMi’s other products on fimi.co.
Oxbow & Peach
Childhood friends Georgie Mitchell and Lizzie Griggs set up Oxbow & Peach in 2010 born out of their love of all things vintage. Their quirky and eclectic showroom in Whittlesford is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of vintage and antique treasures waiting to be discovered.
Oxbow & Peach take part in fairs and pop up events as well as selling from their charming showroom at certain times of the year. You never know what you might find but fellow vintage lovers know they’re bound to discover something delightful to add to their home, whether it’s delicate glassware, a pretty cushion, an unusual accessory or a striking chandelier.
Their summer pop ups are now over but they’ll be back in the Autumn including their stand at the Cambridge Home + Garden Show on 9th September.
Established in 2010, Pelikan Online was set up by design-loving friends Penny and Rachel (anyone else spotting a trend here?) and their shared love of midcentury interiors. Together they source vintage midcentury sofas and chairs then lovingly restore them using the highest quality materials and fabrics. The result is a completely unique, and not to mention absolutely stunning, piece of furniture with the style and history of a midcentury original but with a finish that’s as good as new. In the age of mass-produced furniture, it’s quite refreshing to know that each individual product undergoes a bespoke restoration treatment which means no two are the same. Every customer knows that their Pelikan sofa or chair is a complete one-of-a-kind, and there’s something quite lovely about that.
Pelikan Online have a fantastic unit in Haverhill that’s bursting with their fabulous stock. They recommend calling ahead but it’s well worth it to see their gorgeous pieces for yourself and Penny and Rachel highly recommend trying before buying. The Pelikan stand at the Cambridge Home + Garden Show will display a selection of their pieces and you can take a look at the range on their website.
Loukas Morley – The Loft Life
Loukas Morley is a Cambridge-born artist and artisan furniture maker. With a love of trees and passion for working with wood, Loukas crafts beautiful art and furniture using reclaimed wood and materials. The creative process he uses to approach his designs combined with the unique quality of reclaimed materials means each product is a piece of art with it’s own individual characteristics. His current collection of En Pointe stools have been constructed using solid ash from bookshelves and tables that originated from the library at the Museum of Classical Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. These 45 stools form The Archaeology Edition.
Loukas Morley will be speaking at the Cambridge Home + Garden Show on how he uses reclaimed materials to create his art and furniture in his talk titled More than furniture – a makers tale. It’s sure to be a fascinating insight into his creative world.
Make sure you come along to the Cambridge Home + Garden Show on 9th September at the Guildhall to see these and more! Sign up for your free ticket here.