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Antiques of the future from yesterday's scrap
By Andrea Hall
I know a lot of people think up-cycling is a grotesque and absurd way to pass off broken old tat for an extortionate fee – but for those of you who have mental pictures of Harry Enfield's 'I saw you coming' sketches springing to mind at the very thought, I implore you to look again.
Lets face it, it's nothing new – the 'make do and mend' generation made patchwork quilts and rag rugs from old clothes for instance. The idea is that the donor items might have had their day for their intended purpose, but there's still life in them if you think laterally.
Some pieces plainly are a good practical use of something that would otherwise be thrown away. And at the very least it's good for the soul to know you're doing your bit for the environment, but the most quirky and unusual pieces are far, far more than that.
These items, whether they be a peculiar arrangement of drawers in different shapes and sizes or a stunning necklace made of old circuit boards are in my opinion hugely clever and ingenious works of art.
It takes a great amount of creative thought to come up with the idea in the first place, and then design it. Followed by an equal amount of practical skill and craftsmanship to pull it off.
They are the perfect marriage of old an new and are a great talking point at dinner parties – far more so than the average sideboard for instance. They add a touch of fun and frivolity, and they say something about you too – that you like the idea of recycling, but you also appreciate contemporary design and are not afraid to make a statement either.
Whichever way you look at it, at the end of the day, they make you smile and they have a purpose. Not only that, but I really do believe you'll see them selling for a lot more to future generations!
Andrea Hall is a graphic designer, magazine designer and earstwhile graphics journalist with a personal interest in vintage and period interiors. www.andreahall.co.uk
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Antique Souvenir Tea Caddy from the Spa Town Ischl featured on BBC 2 Antiques Master.
This wonderful Treen Tea Caddy in the shape of a Urn, made from a single piece of fruit wood most likely to be apple or pear wood.
The front of this charming caddy has a elaborate steel escutcheon with the base being ebonised. The top of this urn caddy has a ring handle and simple early transfer ware of flowers either side of this writing"Andenken Von lschl" Translated means Souvenir from Ischl which is a charming Spa town in Austria. In the early 19th century brine (naturally occurring salt water) came into use for medical purposes, Ischl soon became a fashionable spa resort with notable guests like Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich and Archduke Franz Karl of Austria. So with more affluent people coming to such resorts to bathe, brought shops selling high quality goods & souvenirs like this Tea Caddy, for visitors to purchase as a keep sake to remember their nice relaxing visit to this charming and pretty town.
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To celebrate this year's National Antiques Week (14th-21st November), Homes & Antiques magazine and Antiques News & Fairs have joined together to find Britain's best antiques shops and auction houses. From early October until the end of November, the public will be invited to nominate their favourite antiques destinations in five categories:
best antiques shop
best antiques centre
best specialist shop
best mid-century/vintage shop
best auction house
The winning businesses will be announced by TV celebrity Kirstie Allsopp at the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair on 8th March 2012.
'Too many people are afraid of buying antiques or think they're expensive,' says TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp. 'The message that needs to be sung from the rooftops is this: this is the right way to buy – antiques hold their value in a way that modern furniture simply does not. This initiative is the perfect opportunity for the trade to reach out to new customers.'
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