An exhibition of British steel-tube chairs from 1930s to 1960s


For the London Design Festival we will be hosting an exhibition in the forecourt of our Spitalfields Store to highlight some of the variety of British Steel-Tube Chairs manufactured from the 1930s to 1960s. The exhibition runs from 22nd-30th September 2011. Please come along to see it!


A selection of 13 chairs from producers such as Bamco, Du-al, Cox, Pel, Kingfisher and Remploy will be on display. This classic British chair has had many variations of design within the same form. They were first supplied in the 1930s by firms such as PEL as contract furniture for railways, hospitals, universities and schools.

These companies based mainly in the Bristish Midlands were associated with some of the great architects of the day. People such as Oliver Bernhard - the art deco architect and industrial designer; Wells Coates - the seminal figure of the Modern Movement; Serge Chermayeff - British Modernist Movement designer of the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea.

The chairs were very successful and produced great revenues for Midlands firms during the economic gloom of the 1930s. The practical, clean and comfortable design of this 'austerity' chair is more appealing than ever today and their understated design is becoming sought after for today's vintage inspired modern interiors.

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is now open for breakfast, lunch, brunch and more just around the corner from us in Spitalfields.

They have a great homely vintage feel to the place and great homely food to match.

We supplied them with an impressive run of eight salvaged school gym benches which they have used very imaginatively to create dining cubicles in the cafe.







A huge refurbished double faced illuminated clock that we removed from Manston Airport in Kent is is now perched above their door to welcome you at any time of the day or evening.


A simple run of reclaimed factory lights have been effectively used to illuminate the dining booths. If you are looking for vintage lighting or for inspiration for your project then do have a look at what we currently have on offer.

We have more big illuminated clocks coming through at the moment. Do keep an eye on the new arrivals section of our website if it's something that you think you might fancy. Or just give us a call. Or pop into our Spitalfields Store to enquire.

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