Cover versions of vintage pieces d BRIGHT IDEAS: with Claire Hornby
AFTER a 30-year career as a TV art director, Sandie Shepherd has launched a new creative enterprise.
Scarborough-based Sandie makes wallpapered furniture. She upcycles vintage and retro pieces from sale rooms and covers them with the decorative paper, which is coated with varnish to protect it from bumps and bangs.
“With considerate use it will be as durable as any quality furniture. I also like to top each piece of furniture with glass,” she says. The results are stunning and Sandie also takes commissions to paper people’s existing furniture.
For details tel: 01723 367781, www. sandieshepherd.co.uk SOME of the greatest moments in TV happen on the Antiques Roadshow when lucky owners get the surprise news that their item is worth a small fortune.
But by choosing carefully now, you could be laying down the heritage pieces of the future. Rarity is always an indicator that something may gain value as it ages, so individual pieces are a sound purchase. Take Ercol’s Blotch Studio Couch, designed in collaboration with Glasgow-based fabric and wallpaper studio Timorous Beasties.
Ercol is a design classic from the word go – the Studio Couch was originally conceived by founder Lucian Ercolani in the Fifties. But now it’s been brought exquisitely up to date. Each fabric swatch is printed to order featuring the dashing Omni Splatt and Thunder Blotch designs, which means each piece is unique.
Another unique piece is the Pashtun Chair, made by British craftsmen, and upholstered in re-worked vintage Suzani throws hand-embroidered with words and pictures celebrating village life. The throws – discovered by chance in Paris – are works of art in their own right.
Strong shape is often the key factor in determining whether something will continue to gain value, and I always point to the Kartell Bookworm as a design piece that will always hold its interest. This curvy yet sturdy wall-hung PVC bookcase can assume any shape you fancy. So let quality be your guide and you can’t go wrong.
Claire Hornby is creative stylist at Barker and Stonehouse. For more design ideas visit www.barkerand stonehouse.co.uk
FUTURE HEIRLOOMS: Ercol’s Blotch Studio Couch, top, and the Pashtun Chair, above, are both unique designs.