Archive of ‘Iconic Vintage’ category

U: Utility China

“In the 1940s china production in the UK continued but anything ornate was exported abroad. If anyone bought these styles they were usually factory seconds. Utility tableware was plain, nicely glazed, came in pretty pastel colours and was the choice of millions of Brits. Woods Ware made the classic pale green Beryl which was the […] Read more…

S: Swatch

We totally fell in love with Swatch while writing the book last year. It totally sums up the 1980s style with it’s bright colours and fun design. “In 1983, a revolution in watches hit our high streets called Swatch. Designed to be your second watch, they were plastic, colourful and affordable. They quickly became a […] Read more…

David Whitehead Fabric as featured on Kate Beavis.com

D: David Whitehead Textiles

“The 1950s saw an explosion of pattern after the more conservative prints of the 1940s. During the war there was a shortage of yarn and dye so there were strict rules on what could be produced. Colours were restricted to four and the repeat pattern had to be small to reduce wastage during manufacturing. After […] Read more…

V: Vladimir Tretchikoff

Vladimir Tretchikoff is one of the most successful artists of all time -his Chinese Girl painting has been reproduced the most out of any other image in the 20th century. While many love him, many don’t – at the time even the art critics saw his work as kitsch which upset him greatly all of his […] Read more…

F: Fisher Price

Fisher Price have designed some real vintage classic which are not only collectable, but as we have such great memories of them we still buy them for our children to play with now.   Fisher Price is a US company, established as early as 1930 in New York. One year after the Wall Street Crash, Herman […] Read more…

T: Tupperware

We have a double cupboard full of vintage Tupperware- it’s packed to the nines with bright orange 1960s-80s designs suitable for every possible use – from storage to cheese graters, jelly moulds to cookie cutters. It’s great for keeping food fresh but did you know it changed women’s lives 60 years ago? “Tupperware revolutionised kitchens […] Read more…

G: Gaytime by Lord Nelson

The ceramic range called Gaytime by Lord Nelson sums up the retro, psychedelic vibe of the 1960s. Bright orange and purple birds and flowers on cream ceramic simply jump out at you and make you smile. Interestingly the bright patterns are on very traditional pieces such as rolling pins and measuring jugs…not really as forward as […] Read more…

B: Bernard Buffet

Bernard Buffet was a French artist born in 1929. He began studying art in 1944 but it took until 1948 for him to receive recognition through winning the Prix de la Critique; voted by Parisian critics. His work often had heavy outlines to define his subjects; Parisian scenery as well as numerous self portraits. So […] Read more…

J: Jessie Tait

Jessie Tait was born as Dorothy Tait in 1928 and became one of the most famous and well loved ceramic designers of the mid-century period. She joined Midwinter in 1946, staying until 1974. She went on to Johnson Bros and retired in 1990. Her designs really sum up the 1950s with their quirky style and […] Read more…

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