Or should I say silver? 


Although the chap above may disagree, it's as easy as ever to be green. I personally think the world has enough choice when it comes to being green. Some of it is absolute rubbish (energy saving light bulbs that make you look like a zombie and take 5 minutes to power up...anyone?) and some of it is entirely impractical:



However all is not lost. There is a way to be green and stylish in your home, and our shop is full of ways to do so. Although any vintage furniture can be considered green since you aren't buying a new piece, the industrial furniture we carry had a different purpose before being converted for home use. This is what we call upcycling! Somewhat ironic that they were originally used in factories producing new goods and materials. How about that? I would have to say my favorite things in the shop are all the metal bits we get in.

Right now the shop is fully stocked on desks, lockers, and really unique stuff such as an airplane body panel, a giant mirror, and even a rolling wardrobe that is lit from the inside!





A rare piece, this storage cabinet has glass sliding doors and plenty of shelf space. Beautiful and practical!

This plans unit turned chest of drawers has a white glass top. Another rare find that won't stay around for long.

A lot of people ask for lockers, and we have more than one set in right now. This one is perfect for dry goods, or shoe storage.

Your Prefrontal Cortex is telling you that this glass topped filer is just what you need to get organized this spring.

Super rare, this is actually an interior lit armoire with a hanging rail inside. I don't think we have ever had one of these before!

Now about that airplane body part and giant mirror... I decided that a photo won't do these justice, and they really need to be seen in the shop, which means you will have to stop by to see them and all of the brilliant pieces shown here!

See you in the shop,

-Adam

The artwork has arrived!
(Click on images to enlarge)

 

  In case you didn't make it, last night was the private preview of Suz Hartman's new artworks. Everybody at the shop worked very hard over the past few days, turning the front of the shop into a very respectable art gallery! We all agree that her artwork looks great next to the french painted furniture, as well as the heavier industrial pieces, so we we used these to highlight the work. Plenty of new anglepoise lamps arrived as well in wild colors such as pink and orange, a change from the usual chrome!  Anyway, Ill let the photos do the talking on this one, but remember, the artworks will only be up for the next 10 days, so get in soon!


Although most items here at The Old Cinema are easily accessible and can be handled, sat on and moved around, there are a few select items that sit behind glass, and for a good reason too. These are the small, often fragile, and always valuable items that often times go unnoticed unless separated out on their own. I chose a few items in the shop that regularly catch my eye and would happily sit in my own home if I ever saved my pennies long enough (vintage clothing tends to keep me on a tight lead)!

The first item is one that will be very recognizable to a lot of you. This 1950s Homemaker design by Ridgway, was sold at none other than Woolworths. It was a popular design and sold right into the early 1970s. Although the plates are popular, items such as the coffee pot are rarer to come across.




Im a sucker for anything Bauhaus. Walter Gropius is one of my heroes, and his school's aesthetic had a huge effect on style and design the world over (all three of the Bauhaus schools were shut by 1933 due to Nazi pressure, as Hitler hated the avant-garde). Heal's created this fantastic lamp that looks as though it were taken straight from Gerrit Rietveld's drawings:


You'll notice that the paint is chipped. If this lamp were repainted, its value would decrease by at least half of what it is worth now. We also have one in cherry red. £550 each.

Stepping backwards about 25 years, but still in Germany, we have this fantastic preserves jar made from pewter and glass, designed by Peter Behrens. Typically during this time, a lot of furniture was made from oak in the Arts and Crafts style, and you can see a little of that in this pot. However, Behrens founded the Werkbund, a collaborative effort with ten other artists. They created works that were very avant-garde, but with an arts and crafts feel. The photos speak for themselves:




And lastly, we have this chrome plated peanut. No makers label, but just incredible. It reminds me of something my grandmother had in her 1960s ranch back in Michigan. Id probably keep my guitar picks in it, or Tootsie-Roll minis.Mmmm!




And don't forget, we are hosting the artwork of Suz Hartman. Everyone is welcome to the private view on the 22nd of April, from 6-9pm. Come out and enjoy yourself!





Ah yes, very philosophical questions to wax on for a bit, and ones we get all the time in the shop. I can easily solve this perpetual riddle for you: they are artists. Thanks for asking, and let me know if I can be of further assistance! Kidding.



To be perfectly honest, I knew very little about Shepard Fairey until a couple years ago, except for the fact that he made that iconic OBEY print of a blown up Andre The Giants' face, and a lot of indie kids loved his work. Before I moved to London, I hadn't a clue who Patrick Thomas was, and regularly had customers in the shop asking for a bio of both artists. Naturally I drew a blank.

I wont get into a long dialogue about these guys (for the simple reason that Wikipedia will do that for you), but I will give you enough info to satisfy your curiosity and help you understand who they are, why they are relevant, and why their prints can be pricey.

Shepard Fairey started his artwork career based around the skateboard scene over in America over 20 years ago. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, which is one of the absolute top arts schools to get into in the States. His most recognizable work used to be that of Andre The Giant (above), but during the last presidential election, things changed:

After this print came out, Shepard Fairey pretty much became a household name. His screenprints sell out within hours and their value only increases with time. We currently have a huge Andre print in shop, as well as some other very hard to find limited editions, as well as one open edition print. Prices range from £200-700 and have been professionally framed.




Patrick Thomas is British and was born in Liverpool. He studied at Saint Martins School of Art (which again is one of the best Universities to get into) and The Royal College of Art in London, before relocating to Barcelona in 1991. As far as I know, the owner of the Old Cinema found his work at an art fair years ago. His most well known work in our shop is the Che Guevara face created from corporate logos. We are beginning to now sell out of his work, so the prices are going up...

And last but not least, we had a special visit from Brighton-based band The Maccabees yesterday, who were doing a bit of filming in our shop! Here's a photo of a couple of the chaps doing their thing on some art deco furniture:


For more info about the Maccabees and to hear some of their tunes visit:

http://www.myspace.com/themaccabees

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