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.
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.
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.
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…).
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.
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?
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.
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,