Thursday, 30 August 2012

Astor Place London

In the basement of Alfies you will discover a labyrinth, with each turn presenting a visual delight of carefully sourced pieces and curiosities, a mix of vintage and bespoke. 

Please tell us about yourselves
Astor Place London is an eclectic mix of vintage and new linked by the common theme of understated luxury, style and exceptional craftsmanship.  Our aim is to create that magical feeling that anything is possible and you never know what you may discover.  Be that with our Jewellery, Vintage Furniture or Accessories Collection.
What attracts you to Mid Century design?
It was such an inspirational and creative time in design. A period which gave us so many wonderful classics that somehow always manage to adapt to their surroundings and continue to be timeless.
What is your favourite item in the shop and why?
That has to be a pair of fabulous 1960s swivel tub chairs by Leon Rosen for Pace – they are so striking yet simple in design. 
1960s swivel tub chairs by Leon Rosen for Pace
What is your price range?
We are keen to make sure that we cater for all tastes and budgets – With this in mind you will find anything from a handmade picture frame to a dining table and set of chairs. 
Astor Place London,
Lower Ground Floor,
Alfies Antique Market

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

We Need Your Vote!

Alfies Antique Market has been shortlisted for the London Lifestyle Awards 2012!

The London Lifestyle Awards were founded in 2010 to honour the lifestyle businesses in the capital whose work has made a real difference and a true contribution to London and the people living in the city.

This year, 4,127 businesses and personalities were in the running to be shortlisted for a London Lifestyle Award and Alfies is very proud and excited to have made this celebrated shortlist drawn up by founder Jason Gale and his team.

Members of the public are now given the opportunity to cast their own vote for their favourites to help decide the winner, and anyone can do so at: before voting closes on September 21.

So we need your vote! We are up against some incredible competition in the Best Fashion Retailer category including Wolf & Badger, SHOWstudio shop, Lucy in Disguise and Painted Black to name but a few.

Please cast your vote now by clicking here.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Mirror, Mirror

Inject some glamour into your home with sleek and stylish pieces from Louise Verber Antiques at Alfies.  Louise has been dealing in mirrored furniture, glass and chic decorative antiques for many years.  Based on the first floor Louise has a very distinct style that oozes luxury of the 1930s and 40s and transcends into glamorous pieces from the 1960s and 70s.  Counting Kate Moss as one of her customers, it's easy to see why people covet these beautiful antiques that are just as at home in a modern setting as they were 50 years ago.  Here are a few of our favourite pieces from Louise's current collection.
1940s French Mirrored Table.  This has a wonderful floral design, scalloped edges and wooden legs.

1960s/70s Tinted Glass 3 Piece Table Set.  This comes with a coffee table and two pull out side tables.

1960s/70s French Gilt Wall Light.
1970s Glass & Lucite Drinks Trolley.

To see more fabulous items including pineapple and palm tree lights click here.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Tin Tin Collectables Luggage

Tin Tin Collectables Luggage recently opened a new shop on the first floor at Alfies where you can find a fantastic selection of antique and vintage trunks and travel accessories.

Most of the large trunks were specifically designed for travel by sea or train - where excess weight was not an issue. They were always made to a high specification as they were intended to last 'a lifetime'.  This ideal was cut tragically short with the introduction of air travel, where lightweight luggage became a neccessity. These old dames were consigned to the attics of large houses where they remained until Ralph Lauren decided that they made excellent design pieces and functioned as 'end of bed storage' trunks or coffee tables with great space to store all sorts of things.

The trunks and cases come in a variety of finishes including cream and brown leather, green canvas - some have wooden strapping or leather protective knuckles.  Each has their own identity and story to tell which is what makes them such a great piece in a moden home.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Vintage Hats

Christian Dior once remarked, 'Without hats we would have no civilization'. We couldn't agree more and as hats are the perfect fashion accessory to complement a chic outfit, we like to share our favorite vintage hats.

1940s Brown Felt Hat by Gwenn Pennington
Offered by Velvet Atelier

1960s Pink Hat
Offered by June Victor

1970s Straw Hat with Flowers by Bermonda London
Offered by Persiflage

1960s Orange Feather Hat
Offered by Velvet Atelier

Vintage Green Party Hat by Harvey Nichols
Offered by Carole Collier

1960s Yellow and Green Pleated Jersey Hat by Fenwick
Offered by Persiflage

1980s Pink Felt Hat with Bow, Trikki by Edna Wallace
Offered by Velvet Atelier

1960s Pink Felt Hat with Black Ribbon
Offered by June Victor

1920s Feather Hat with Flowers
Offered by Velvet Atelier

1930s Tobacco Brown Felt Hat
Offered by June Victor

1960s Pink Flower Hat by Lisa
Offered by Persiflage

Velvet Atelier - T: 07903147263
Persiflage - T: 02077247366
June Victor - T: 07740704723
Carole Collier - T: 02077236066

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Brass Pineapples

Whilst browsing around the market I kept spotting pineapple shaped home accessories everywhere. The iconic brass pineapple design piece from the 1960s/70s is a stylish addition to any home. Used as storage (for sweets perhaps) they split in half, some are ice buckets. The pineapple has been a universal symbol of hospitality and warm welcome for many centuries making this a perfect housewarming gift for someone who appreciates retro glamour.

Above: Brass pineapples from Vincenzo Caffarella, Stand G033/34.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

The Quad

After a complete makeover, the Quad at Alfies Antique Market is looking better than ever. In this 20th Century design emporium you will find the most amazing pieces of European 20th Century furniture, lighting, art and design. The Quad is formed by a 2000-square-foot cluster of leading dealers including Martin Rooney and Lorna Lee Leslie. Both dealers with a passion for European 20th Century design and objects with a distinctive character. Newcomer Peter O'Rourke specialises in Italian 20th century art and design.  

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