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From the mechanical to the biological, the philosophical to the sociological we have surrounded ourselves with mechanisms. Systems that we have discovered and created to better understand and live our lives. Today we are pleased to highlight vintage mechanisms associated with the engineering of functional furniture, which still has a place in the home today.
One of the most functional and intriguing pieces in store today is the ‘rise & fall’ dumb waiter/buffet table. This wonderfully simple mahogany design circa 1840 allows the three tiers to converge and convert into a side table. This effortless motion is achieved using telescopic arms and counterbalanced weights, housed in the legs. A small force applied with the thumbs allows the table to rapidly expand or contract creating additional tiers for serving.

Another space saving gem ideal for traditionalists in the urban landscape is the ‘envelope’ card table circa 1900. This beautiful marquetry inlaid rosewood table unfolds from the centre revealing a spacious green baize playing surface for 4, with the corners housing a storage area for each player. Simply turn the table top, which moves across a hidden button to elevate one of the four leafs; opening the envelope.

Another aid to the dining experience and a new addition to the shop is this fabulous circular rosewood dining table with lazy a Susan mechanism lying flush at its centre. Originally produced by Merrow & Associates for Heal’s in the 1970’s.  This ingenious mechanism is thought to be a Japanese invention adopted by the British through colonialism, allowing those seated to access food at hard to reach places on the table by spinning the platter in the centre.

Last but not least we have one of the oldest and most common mechanisms in use today; the rack and pinion, which have been utilized with a crank to create this innovative adjustable upcycled table. Simply turn the handle and the exchange of gears will allow the height of the table to be raised or lowered by up to 60cm. making this table ideally suited to a host of different situations.

This week we are proud to offer this stunning 1950's polished and laquered sideboard by Italian designer Osvaldo Borsani. This beautiful piece features a large detachable mirror and cream marble top, as well as a maple interior, brass keys and and brass sabots on all four feet.


This piece really does need to be seen to be fully appreciated so come down this weekend to see this and many other great midcentury items.

Well made, original and rare…it’s a birdy thing.

This week we are highlighting a very unique and functional engineering chest from Birdy Things here at The Old Cinema. Recycled from and industrial workplace this beautifully practical storage unit has been given a new lease of life.

Made of quality woods and finished in a vibrant green this is a real feature piece, it has great character with shallow drawers ideal for safely storing papers and open shelves below.

‘Everything is bought because we love it and it taps into our enjoyment of using and owning things that have history and character.’ – Emma & Sarita@ Birdythings.com

If you come down to our shop today,
You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you step in to our shop today,
Astonishment fills yours eyes.
For every stand that ever there was
Will rest in awe for certain because
Today’s the day we offer to you...

A beautifully hand carved late 19th century Bear hallstand with a cub playing in the branches. This exquisitely crafted stand was created in Switzerland c.1890.

Made of Linden wood the construction is very sturdy with branches that can be removed allowing the piece to be partially dismantled. The branches can accommodate numerous coats and hats along with an umbrella stand, which has a copper drip tray should you choose to place your wet umbrella there.

Having been previously owned by a collector for over 20 years this exceptional antique is in fantastic condition as well as being competitively priced, don’t miss out on a unique opportunity.

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