Chairs in the TEA Building, Shoreditch

Leading independent production company Monkey Kingdom have just taken delivery of 20 of our James Leonard Chairs for their new boardroom in unit 5.01 of the iconic TEA Building at 56 Shoreditch High Street E1.

Just arrived!

The last of our short run of Truck Coffee Tables has now hit the shop floor.....

An elegant and charming pair of nineteenth century oriental fruitwood side tables in a Ming Dynasty style. Very nice colour, construction and wear and patination. Also with a 'secret' drawer.

The Art Depot. A very fine and exquisite hand-painted sign from Chatham High Street.

Mid-century glazed artist's cabinet removed from an East London art studio. The four hardwood doors open to reveal the shelves positioned discreetly behind the glazing bars.

We also have a smaller version....

A small run of 8 machine room opaline lamp shades. These were rescued from the skip by one of the London Underground engineers who passed them on to us. A great skip find! They were apparantly located in a remote and more-or-less inaccessible machine room- probably the reason that they have lasted so long. The glass is a good thick quality and the lamps retain their original galleries and metal tube stems. Some of the galleries are screw fixed to hold the shades and some have an unusual sprung clip device that we have not seen before. Manufactured we believe in Birmingham, UK around 1930.

Another run of Enameled Pendant Lamps is now available. Newly rewired and refitted the lamps have cast-iron galleries and glass lenses.

A very nice bentwood coatstand in the manner of Michael Thonet with a revolving top! It retains the original wear to both the stand and the hooks which add to it's charm.
And finally the salvaged shop sign letters keep on coming...with more still to follow. Above we have the legend 'e1' in brushed stainless steel letters which has been our postcode for the last 20 years!
And below an impressive 'm' in a faded blue paint. Or how about 'F' or 'P' or 'L'?
All of our salvaged signage letters have been refitted at the back so that they can be hung on the wall if desired.

Rare Innovation Suitcases*****

What's inside? Let us open these luxury vintage INNOVATION suitcases to discover...

Innovation was a well known American company which specialized in luxury travel wardrobe suitcases. Innovation had a boutique on Les Champs Elysées in Paris up to the end of the sixties - which we guess was where these suitcases were originally purchased from.
Their condition is excellent and despite the 60s style 'Guatemala' sticker on the side of the smaller suitcase we do not think from the look of them that they have done much travelling. From the outside they certainly appear to be almost more decorative than functional.
Inside they are even more impressive. Heavily branded with the Innovation insignis they retain all of their original fittings and even the collapsable Innovation hangers and internal straps are still intact.

Inside the smaller suitcase,

Inside the taller suitcase,

Elemental in World of Interiors november 2013

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