Mid Century Magazine Issue 9 - out now!

See our haberdashery drawers featured in the 'Source it' section new Mid Century Magazine Winter/Spring 2016 - the contemporary guide to modern living.

The magazine is also available for sale in our Shoreditch shop.

From the sea and the air!

Recently featured in the last issue of Wharehouse Home magazine, our Cage clear glass lamp is a good example of  "The Incredible Bulk"! Bulkhead lights were built to brave the elements. But they've found a new home on dry land. From kitchens and hallways to balconies and bathrooms, these robust and functional lights are as appealing as they are practical...See more on our website

Also at elemental, this sculptural wall-hung birdbox with metal front plate re-imagined from the air conditioning and fuel pipes from an Airbus 320, created by Harry Dwyer and Charlie Waller.

Collectable books about East London

We have selected three special books about East London which are published locally by Hoxton Mini Press. Inspirational ideas for Christmas presents...Sold now in our shop.

Makers of East London - Photography by Charlotte Schreiber, written by Katie Treggiden, "captures the energy and spirit of a unique part of the capital. Evocative photography alongside insightful profiles of makers reveals hidden processes behind objects both everyday and exceptional.”
Annie Warburton, Crafts Council

I’ve Lived in East London for 86 ½ Years’ by Martin Usborne.
Joseph Markovitch has left London only once to go to the seaside with his mother. He loves Nicolas Cage, has five sugars in his tea, would have married a six foot two Hispanic woman but in the end had bad chest catarrh and never had a girlfriend.
Martin Usborne is a photographer and writer living in Hackney, East London.
‘Vintage Glamour In London's East End’ photographs by Boris Bennett.
Boris Bennett (1900-85) was considered the doyen of Jewish studio portrait photographers, famed for bringing Hollywood glamour to an impoverished area of east London. His studio on the Whitechapel Road was the fashionable location for wedding couples and families in the 1930s and 1940s.

Tactile Ceramic vases handmade in East London

A collection of tactile ceramic vases by local artist Ikuko Iwamoto, selected and sold at Elemental ( soon online ). Please contact us for details.

Ikuko creates hand-made porcelain sculptural tableware and decorative objects.
The microscopic world, especially its intricate patterns are the major inspiration for her work.
Her pieces suggest the everyday, the ordinary, but are in fact extra-ordinary.
She uses the skill of slip-casting with plaster-moulds, and later on the decorative glazes are applied.
All of her pieces are produced one by one at her Clerkenwell studio in London.
She would like people to use them in their daily life and enjoy the tactile nature of her work.

Discover more work from Ikuko for sale on our website.

Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2015

Some of our current stock of Antique Theatre Chairs found their home in The Common Room in Bath, a bar that has been selected for the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2015.

The Restaurant and Bar Design Awards now in its seventh year is the only awards in the world dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces. This covers every imaginable space, from ships to airports, museums to burger vans, and from revered Michelin-starred establishments to the fleeting dynamism of pop-ups.

With over 3,800 entries from the UK and 70 other countries in the past six years, the Awards attract the world’s top designers, hospitality operators and judges. Recent names include Zaha Hadid, Kengo Kuma, Tom Dixon, Foster & Partners, Stephen Alden (CEO, Maybourne Hotels), Gordon Ramsay, Tony Chambers (Editor in Chief, Wallpaper*), Alberto Alessi, Thomas Heatherwick and many more.

The 2015 Awards ceremony will be held in London on October 1st 2015.

More Antique Theatre Chairs in all sizes - 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s and longer - still available at elemental while stocks last!

Bird boxes, re-invented...

Aircraft Workshop releases a new set of unusual bird boxes made from an old passenger jet - exclusive now at elemental! Photograph above by Sophie Broadbridge.

The Aircraft Bird Boxes are weather-proof bird houses made from intricate and unusually shaped fresh air ducting from an Airbus A320 passenger jet. An original set was made as part of Kevin’s Supersized Salvage, Kevin McCloud’s channel 4 programme from 2014 in which elemental also took part as retail advisers. Each section of pipe is unique making each bird box an original handcrafted product.

Harry Dwyer and Charlie Waller set up their company, Aircraft Workshop, after they featured on Kevin McCloud’s Supersized Salvage upcycling an entire decommissioned Airbus A320 passenger jet. On the programme the pair made an initial set of bird boxes as well as other products including a toy box made from an overhead locker and wall hooks re-imagined from various components including ashtray covers! All of these items and others are currrently for sale exclusively through elemental.

Aircraft Leather Chair  and Double Aircraft Trunk Bench

Recycling vehicles such as aircraft often focuses on high value desirable parts made from precious metals or popular recognisable parts. The bird boxes are neither and celebrate the unusual forms of the strange hidden parts of the aircraft. The pipework is non-recyclable and would have ended up as landfill. The pipes are made from a resin fibre material which whilst very light weight is very durable. The entrances are made from polished fuel pipe fittings and the perches from first class coat hooks.

Homes & Antiques, Summer 2015

Up-cycled cupboard by Rupert Blanchard.

French stone lithographs.

Set of ten metal plates hand-painted with different numbers on both sides.

Haberdashery Designs & Drawings

We were very fortunate to not only get the opportunity to acquire a wonderful run of English Oak Haberdashery Drawers - part of which is shown  below - in pristine condition from the family shop where they have served for last 75 years but also the beautifully precise and well conserved original archive shop fitting drawings to reveal the story of these beautifully built pieces.

Fly away!

Even if you are not flying away today you can feel like it with this re-imagined aerodynamic Aircraft Trunk Bench. The perfect height for sitting and perfect for stowing/storing luggage/stuff. 

Designed and built in the UK by Harry Dwyer and Charlie Waller from the cabin storage lid and other accessories (including the original gas-struts so the lid opens slowly!) from an Airbus A320 along with birch-ply and recycled valchromat composite wood. (10% of the net sale price of this piece goes to childhood cancer charity NCCA UK). Shown here with some of our matching sky blue Cox Ski-leg Chairs.

Mid Century 08

Created for anyone who loves Modernist Design, Mid Century Magazine celebrates the best of 20th Century interiors, furniture and architecture.

It offers interiors inspiration, with quality editorial and stunning photography. It provides its readers with the know-how to buy right, through its buyer's and collector’s guides. Plus a list of the best places to find both original and contemporary pieces.

Mid Century issue 08 is now available to purchase in store from our shop:

Elemental 130 Shoreditch High Street London E1 6JE.

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