Caught my eye

There was much to see at yesterday's Midcentury.Modern show in Dulwich. 

Vintage dealers were crammed into the main hall (the 1960s designed refectory Christison Hall at Dulwich College) with their collections of European and American mid-century furniture and lighting. It was wall to wall tables, chairs - and bodies.

Midcentury.Modern at Dulwich College. Quite busy actually.

There was some beautiful vintage furniture on display and not all of it was as crazily expensive as you might expect. We hovered over a rather elegant round rosewood dining table for a while before remembering we have two small boys, one of whom likes climbing on tables. Back it goes on the long list.  

Why go to a show like this? I suppose it's about thinking a bit more about the things you bring into your home and not automatically buying new stuff all the time. By searching the dealer websites, instead of going into a high street store and checking out this season's stock, you might just find something a bit different that surprises and delights you, like this:

Beautiful Ercol beech and elm dining table and chairs designed by Lucian Ercolani, 1958. Selling for £450 from dealer Mark Parrish who was at the show, and had that nice table. Admit it, you could not find something similar in Ikea (although I still love Ikea). 

It's worth a mention that not all the furniture on dealer websites is by big name designers, there's still plenty of solidly made 1960s G plan furniture knocking about at bargain prices.

Back at the show, upstairs there were some fresh graphic treats from the contemporary homeware designers.

I'm always a fan of bold and colourful graphic prints, these ones are simple but powerful. Tablemats by Jenny Duff with illustrations by Gillian Blease (you may recognise her illustrations from The Guardian Weekend magazine)

Loving the granny chic and 1970s colours of these hand thrown storage jars with hand glazed lids by bespoke ceramicist Lubna Chowdhary