Charles Burnand London

The Vintage Run

Since the opening it’s been a whirlwind of activity. We have been truly overwhelmed by the local support and interest in the business and thankfully to the extent of making a purchase or two, so much so that we had to make an emergency visit back to Italy to scour the land for more vintage pieces. It goes without saying that we had to pop into our favourite guest house for the night and once fed (by candlelight on the sea front), watered (with a very refreshing prosecco) and refreshed (in the blissful tranquility of Riccardo’s hospitality), we set off to design some new pieces with our exceptionally creative friend, Sabrina.

The vintage world can be exceptionally hit and miss but occasionally you come across a find that you can see potential in. Collaborating with Sabrina to design what was a plain glass top, below is a very rough photo of a pristine condition plexiglass coffee table that will hopefully be in the store very soon.

Perseverance and patience are essential skills as well as a beady eye to spot the treasure lurking beneath the tat. Come back soon because there may just be some of exactly that coming soon…………

We like to mix the old with the new and as well as sniffing out the hidden gems we popped in to see one of our favourite Italian suppliers. Needless to say our brass fetish knows no abandon and we were drawn to these pieces, as well as most of their lighting.

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Finally we made a whistle-stop detour to see Claudio who has given up the vintage world to focus on designing and manufacturing his own furniture. We just love these retro lamps as well as his funky chests and tables which we think, after a little Charles Burnand customisation, will be a little something “anglo-Italian” special. Being Italian, everything now shuts down for the summer so we will have to wait for the temperatures to drop and the sleepy haze to lift before we see the fruits of our creativity.

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