We believe that quality lasts, as such we spend our time sourcing and breathing new life into classic 20th century furniture.
We offer a collection of handpicked European furniture, ceramics and art from the 20th century.
Our site is updated regularly; if there is something you are particularly looking for, please contact us and we will endeavour to find it for you.
We ship worldwide, contact us for a delivery quote if you are outside mainland UK.
In November 2023 we opened our first store and studio in St Albans city centre. Here we have curated a selection of our favourite pieces from the full collection on this website.
Our in-house upholstery studio will showcase the traditional skills used to sensitively restore our latest pieces.
3b London Rd,St Albans, AL1 1LA
w-s 10-5 sun-t by appointment
We are passionate about the positive impact buying vintage furniture has on the environment. We strive to use natural materials and treatments during the repair and restoration of our furniture.
Theo Ruth (Dutch, 1915-1971) for Artifort, a 1950's suite including a two-seater sofa and two armchairs - totally reupholstered with fire retardant foam and luxury boucle fabric from Linwood.
In excellent condition.
These extremely comfortable chairs are unusual as the back and seat slot together using no fixtures. A dream to upholster as you are able to reach every area of the chair easily.
All with Artifort badges to the undersides
I've priced these as a set but would sell the sofa and 2 chairs separately - please contact us if you'd like to buy them or would like to view them in our St Albans show room.
Chairs- £1800 each
sofa - £4500
Sofa width 137 cm, depth 78 cm.
Chairs width 71 cm each. Height of backs on all three pieces 73 cm.
Height of seat on all three pieces 37 cm
Dutch designer Theo Ruth was born in 1915 in Maastricht. He trained as a furniture designer and interior designer at the Middelbare Kunstnijverheidsschool in Maastricht (which later became the Maastricht Academy of Arts). In 1936, he joined Artifort in Maastricht, where he specialised in designing living room furniture. Just three years later, in 1939, he became head of design and development, a position he maintained until his death in 1971.
Ruth was Artifort’s first permanent designer, and he had a major impact on its design legacy. His most famous pieces include the 1952 Congo Chair and the 1953 Penguin Chair, both of which were constructed from two interlocking pieces that fit together without locks or screws (the latter’s original version featured a black back and a white cushion to mimic its namesake). Notably, designers Pierre Paulin and Geoffrey Harcourt also collaborated with Artifort’s design department during Ruth’s tenure.
An early woodblock print by the acclaimed Japanese artist Fumio Fujita.
Fujita’s signature is featured in both Japanese characters and Western script. The woodblock is in very good condition and has been mounted, framed and glazed.
Fumio Fujita was born in Aichi province in 1933. He graduated in 1955 from the renowned Musashino College of Fine Arts. In 1963 Fumio Fujita began to make woodblock prints in moku hanga style - self-carved and self-printed. He is one of Japan's most outstanding Sosaku Hanga artists today. Since 1963, he has created stylized natural landscapes which have become increasingly popular for their intricate designs. He is one of the few present-day artists to have contracted with a major Japanese woodblock publisher yet also produce prints himself as an independent artist. The passage of time has slowed his production and there are now very few of his woodblocks available. His main subjects are landscapes with a focus on trees. Fumio Fujita exhibits regularly with "Kokugakai", a Japanese printmaker association. He had several solo shows in Tokyo and exhibits every now and then with the prestigious CWAJ print shows (College Women of Japan), which was established by Oliver Statler after World War II.
A 1960s Danish square topped teak coffee table by Trioh Mobler. The table is raised on round tapered legs with peripheral stretchers and a cane woven second tier. The wood is in great condition, we have sanded and piled the table. The cane has no splits.
54 x 75 x 57 cm high
A perfect set of glasses and decanter by Geoffrey Baxter. No chips or scratches to the glass. The decanter has a teak stopper top (which appears unused) with squared body and textured finish. Each glass in the same design raised on a circular foot.
Decanter measures approx. 23cm x 10cm x 10cm.
Glasses measures approx. 11cm x 6cm diameter.
Geoffrey Baxter was one of the outstanding British glass designers of the post-war period. From 1954 until 1980 he worked for Britain's leading handmade glass manufacturer, Whitefriars Glass, designing a wide range of domestic glass, including tableware and ornamental glass. With radical shapes and bright psychedelic colours he helped put Whitefriars Glass on the post-war fashion map and became responsible for much of the company’s success during the 20th Century.
1960s teak cheval mirror by Danish designer Arne Vodder. It has a full length pivoting mirror above a single floating drawer.
The item is in very good condition with the odd sign of wear and tear.
This is available to view in store.
A large Aldo Londi Bitossi for Bitossi handcrafted Art Pottery Ceramic table lamp (1950s). Featuring a classic textured, hand decorated glazed dots and dashes form in cream tones.
In excellent condition with no chips or cracks
Height - base 30cm, overall 53cm
Lamp shade in neutral biscuit colour included.
Fully working order with UK plug, PAT tested.
We also have a matching round based lamp available (pictured)
The chair is awesome!! - Kuniyoshi K, Tokyo
Love the chair and so pleased to have it delivered so promptly - Stephen G, London
Lovely and even better than described - C Lowe, York
The chair is lovely, thankyou - Helen E, Edinburgh
Great vase! A real pleasure to deal with you. Thanks - Jax B, Manchester