Vintage class meets modern design to create a family-friendly home that is relaxed, colourful and fun
The majority of Lucy’s vintage pieces are well loved and gently distressed. She and Adam take a practical view of combining retro furniture and family life – she nods to the Sixties vinyl and teak kitchen bar stools, by Erik Buck. “Vintage pieces are well made so can withstand a lot of chucking around.” Yet at the same time, Lucy has taught Molly and Bert to value the really special items, for example, her much-loved collection of black Finnish ceramics by Tapio Wirkkala, displayed in the lounge. In the lounge and hall, she points out two storage cabinets designed by John and Sylvia Reid for Stag in the Sixties, which she has begun to collect. Also in the lounge is a piece of Ladderax storage, originally designed in the early Sixties by Staples & Co. “These are brilliant for growing families as they are so adaptable.” She is also unafraid to mix and match varied looks and periods. In the lounge, a giant scarlet Anglepoise lamp stands right next to a classic Forties Pernilla armchair, designed by Bruno Mathsson. She points out that her children love the lamp, precisely because it is so out of proportion. “They live in an out-of-scale world themselves, so it appeals,” she says. At one end of the room, a tiny modern desk by the up-and-coming British team ninetonine sits cheek-by-jowl with a Danish rosewood Sixties desk.
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