Some photos from the Midcentury Modern Fair on Sunday. It's held in Dulwich College, which is a famous school in beautiful grounds, so the setting is lovely.
Tip one: do not get there a minute after opening time - it quickly descends into chaos (plus, everything you want will be sold.)
I loved this tiny desk and chair.
Every time I go I check that this stall still has these vintage factory shoe stands, as I'm still saving for one for my kitchen.
A plan chest! And, in the foreground, the sofa that was not to be. My friend almost bought it, but couldn't make up his mind, and when he went back to enquire about delivery (five minutes later) it had just been sold. Apparently, I'm to blame because I did not sit him down and convince him it was an investment which would hold its value for years to come (important to someone who doesn't part with his cash easily) and was running round saying 'buy it, buy it!' at lots of things, sending him into a spin. In my defence, I told him to get it as soon as I saw it and I think a grown man should be able to make a decision. Tip two: if you see something you like, buy it straight away. It's an investment, and will hold its value for years to come.
The above items are all from Metro Retro.
Formica is one of my favourite materials, so I loved this Italian corner desk with a Formica top.
One day I'll have a buttoned sofa.
This desk setting caught my eye as I liked how it was arranged under a photo of a headmaster.
The fair also sells lots of smaller items, as well as new designers who have a retro aesthetic - I have a few posts coming up which will feature my new fair discoveries.
Tip three: don't go expecting a bargain (there are none, this is serious shopping) and tip four: if you miss out, don't worry - there's always next time!