Buying Trip to Europe June 2017

Andrew is just back from a buying trip to Belgium , Holland and Denmark with some great new pieces that you’ll soon find on this and our vintageretro.co.uk website .

Life is full of strange coincidences , and this one was unbelievable in a couple of ways . Having just booked a hotel in Antwerp our phone rang less than an hour later , it was a customer who we’d sold to in London a couple of years ago . He asked to buy a piece , and had remembered that i’d told him I sometimes went to Belgium . It turned out the piece was for his apartment in Antwerp , so he got a cheaper delivery than he would have done to London ! The only other delivery i’d ever done in Belgium was some chairs which a good friend had sold , amazingly it was to the same apartment block !! Unfortunately on this visit to the lovely city of Antwerp I found nothing to buy , so it was on to Brussels where I managed to source a lovely and unsual pair of 1960s  armchairs which you’ll be seeing soon on this site . They came as frames only , so we’ve had new cushions made for them . Other pieces included a neat brass and glass cocktail trolley from the 1970s , and a lovely 1930s dressing table and stool .

Then it was off to Denmark , a long tiring journey through Holland and Germany of over 500 miles , which is never much fun . We usually pre-buy a few pieces , and this visit was no exception so we already had 2 Fritz Hansen chairs by Folke Olssen , a model we’ve had a number of times and which is always popular , along with a mix of ceramics and furniture . We love to find pieces that are totally different from any we’ve had before , and on this trip we sourced some great pieces . As usual we look for a mix of pieces by known names such as Hans Wegner , Kurt Ostervig , Kurt Olsen , Kai Kristiansen , and Ib Kofod Larsen , as well as pieces by lesser known designers such as Erik Worts and others by unknown designers .

It’s amazing the great pieces that are to be found where as yet a designer and maker isn’t known . Over the years we’ve bought some stunning pieces which at the time were not known , but now are recognised and sought after by dealers and collectors all over the world . Some lucky customer bought a stunning pair of Danish rosewood armchairs from us 6 or 7 years ago , that are now known to be a Kurt Ostervig design and worth far more than they paid for them . You’ll be seeing a number of items in the next few weeks that fit in this category , and offer amazing value . One day somebody might discover who they’re by , but if not you’ve still got an amazing piece as we’re buying more for quality than for names .