3 Awesome Retro Stores in 3 Great Cities

As many of you will know, I am a HUGE fan of mid-century modern design. So when, often by chance, I discover a retro furniture store, it is completely impossible for me to avoid going in. So for those of you similarly afflicted with a mid-century obsession, I thought I would introduce you to three fabulous retro stores in three amazing cities. Enjoy!

First up is Retrofaktory in Brussels. With only a limited online presence (though there are loads of photos of the great items in stock on Facebook), its a shop to find the time to visit in person next time you’re in town. But, a visit is well worth it. Set over three floors, this place is choc full of super vintage pieces. Some have been lovingly restored by the shop’s owner; others are original but in excellent condition and would make a fabulous addition to any space.

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So many gorgeous items at Retrofaktory

As well as the amazing furniture on offer – think vintage 50s sideboards and on-trend tomado shelving units – there is also a great range of ceramics and glassware, as well as some gorgeous vintage mirrors (I think I’m going to have to get one to take back to London). I mean check out this fantastic selection below. I. Want. Them. All.

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A selection of vintage mirrors on offer in Retrofaktory

Next is a great shop that I stumbled upon whilst getting intentionally lost in the Barri Gotic quarter in the heart of Barcelona, Retrospect Room. The store itself is pretty small, but it is absolutely full to the brim (in a good way) of retro furniture and accessories joy.

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The very fabulous Retrospect Room in Barcelona

I love that the Retrospect Room prides itself on helping people to furnish their homes in an original way – it even goes one step further with an additional design service, offering free consultations on combining old and new decor and finding unexpected pieces to make a home unique. I’ve picked my favourites from the website – and they are all affordable! I love the little vintage side tables (one is shown below, but there are others on the site) which make perfect plant stands. And how about that fantastic 50s room divider? I can already see where that would work in my living room! I also love the 60s chair and the retro alarm clock (I wish they did shipping as I am actually on the look out for a retro alarm clock…).

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My fave picks from Retrospect Room

Finally, I have yet to visit, but based on the recommendations on Happy Interior Blog (check out Igor’s review here), I felt that Coroto in Berlin had to be included in this post. And I’m already planning to get there next time I’m in Berlin (fingers crossed November or February….).  As the store’s tagline states, it sells ‘vintage furniture and tropical living’. That is definitely something that I am interested in buying.

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Vintage Furniture and Tropical Living (and a great logo)

Apart from the shop itself which looks ready to move into, I think my personal favourites from the website are the restored and reupholstered ‘Oasis’ lounge chairs, originally designed in 1958 for Ahrend De Cirkel. I love the choice of the fluoro brights and graphic prints which bring these chairs bang up to date for a modern interior with vintage hints (my dream decor in a nutshell!). What do you think? It’s a keeper, right?

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Bright colours and graphic prints give these retro chairs a real wow factor

I was only going to feature the chair above from Coroto in this post, but then I spotted the cushion covers below. Not only are they beautiful, but they are also hand embroidered and made from handwoven Guatemalan fabric, featuring traditional Mayan designs. I felt that as I’ve created Needs More Cushions to specifically offer you global interiors inspiration, it would be remiss of me not to point these babies out. So here you are – you can thank me later.

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Gorgeous Guatemalan cushions. Big love for these beauts.

So there you go, these are my three great retro stores from three fabulous cities. I hope to be able to add to this list as I travel.  Stumbling across great stores that you had no idea existed is such fun. The only downside of finding them whilst on holiday is falling in love with key pieces and not being able to smuggle them into your luggage for the return journey. Still, the inspiration the pieces provide is usually worthwhile, and gives me something to do in between travels, searching for the same, or a similar piece, elsewhere.

Have you come across any fabulous shops on your travels lately? And any recommendations for similar stores in London that I can visit when I move back later this year?

Happy travels and shopping,

Jill

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5 Comments

  1. Miranda
    25th August 2015 / 10:31 am

    Love the cushions!

    When you’re back in London, you might like Papa Bear in Nunhead: http://www.papabearlondon.com/. Funny name, and the store is not so pretty as those above, but they specialise in your mid-century modern obsession 🙂 There’s also a nice vintage shop down the road called Charlie Foxtrot Vintage, where they have all kinds of fun stuff – small decorative, mostly – in particular the classic Penguin edition books that I have to avoid picking up!

    • 25th August 2015 / 10:43 am

      Excellent! Many thanks Miranda – I’ll be sure to check those out!!

  2. 25th August 2015 / 11:34 am

    Such a lovely post Jill – 3 great stores, and 3 great cities! Will definitely check them out. I share your love of mid-century modern so they’re right up my street x

    • 11th September 2015 / 6:53 pm

      So glad you enjoyed Abi. I’ll do my best to keep up the good work and dig out some more on future travels!

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