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Gold Label Vintage

This week's finds...

Posted by Emma S on

So. We're always busy "finding new finds", so to speak. Sometimes they are thin on the ground... sometimes they're not.

Finding that hidden gem that gets those vintage picker juices flowing is what we live for.

This week, we have been lucky enough to source a Douglas Snelling chair and footstool.


(Above pic courtesy of the Powerhouse Museum site)

Lordy, this set we have sourced needs work... re-upholstered (scarily) in 80s tapestry, but thank goodness the original webbing is still intact underneath.

Albeit hacked by the upholsterer who "transformed" this classic. I didn't take a photo, I was too busy ripping the eye-bleeding tapestry off...

We will need to replace the side to side webbing and re-use and replace webbing in the footstool, but this is an exciting project that we are happy to sink our teeth into. 

Stay tuned for progress and final photos as this baby emerges from it's 80s shell, and takes the position of hero that it always should have been.

We do as much research as we can, before restoration and at the point of launch. It is always an interesting adventure on google, old magazines and in the memory banks, to say the least.

Suffice to say, amongst the fluff, there really are some very knowledgeable people out there, who are taking the time and energy to preserve the ethos of 20th Century Australian design - from large organisations such as The Powerhouse Museum, to more personal efforts such as blogging and well, those of us who sell.

One source is Australian Modern - a thoughtful, interesting and carefully researched blog on iconic Australian pieces... see what they have to say about webbed furniture here.

But I digress...

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