Midcentury Modern Pops Up At The Hepworth
Victoria Benn, Features Writer
Modern Shows – think high end yet affordable vintage fairs – have been invited by the UK’s ‘Museum of the Year 2017’ – The Hepworth Wakefield, to host one of their ‘brilliantly curated’ vintage events there this weekend, February 3rd and 4th.
For fans of iconic mid-century design, this ‘pop up’ event comprising over 30 sellers, and which will be staged in one of the industrial buildings behind the actual gallery, presents a very exciting proposition.
Indeed, since we’re talking shopping, there’s also a ‘BOGOF’ on offer, since the nominal entry fee to the vintage fair also includes admission to the gallery.
When art meets quality craftsmanship, therein lies a design classic. And the mid part of the nineteenth century – coined the mid-century – lays claim to many, from Achille Castiglioni’s Arco floor lamp to Eames’ DSW and DSR chairs.
Shopping vintage offers an affordable (and green) route to sourcing designer classics for your home, as many of today’s most iconic designs can be traced back to the 1950s which heralded a new age of design – kick-started by the 1951 Festival of Britain.
One design classic I’ll be on the lookout for is the contemporary looking and yet timeless Eames’ lounge chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1956.
The chair and ottoman with their shell of moulded plywood veneered in rosewood and lined with padded leather, are meant to be as comfortable as they look – comfort being a revolutionary concept for the time, with earlier furniture representing hierarchy and decorum.
The chair was originally manufactured – as were all Eames’ designs – by Herman Miller, being legally produced under licence in Europe by Hille, and most laterally by Vitra.
Another iconic design from the 1950s era is Arne Jacobsen’s instantly recognisable Egg chair, which is now manufactured under licence by Fritz Hansen.
Designed in 1958 for the reception areas of the Royal Hotel Copenhagen, its fluid curves proposed a sculptural contrast to the building’s straight-edges and vertical lines.
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Along with many other wish-list chairs, there will also be original Hollywood cinema posters, iconic lighting, ceramics from the mid-century masters, an original Barbara Hepworth photograph or two, art, glass and ceramics from the era, as well as the most fabulous vintage fabrics; all beautifully presented and all for sale.
There will also be some industrial salvage items available too.
The real apropos of this event is that it will showcase the kinds of beautiful pieces that would have graced the homes of Hepworth and her contemporaries, not to mention the houses of the people she sold her pieces to.
Other dates for your vintage address book:
Saltaire Record & Retro Fair
Saturday March 10th
Vintage Home Show Leeds
Sunday March 25th
York Does Vintage
Saturday March 17th – Sunday March 18th
The Harrogate Vintage Fair
Saturday April 7th
The Hebden Bridge Vintage Fair
Saturday May 12th to Sunday May 13th
Midcentury Modern Pops Up At The Hepworth, 29th January 2018, 16:51 PM