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Want some genuine 1950s textile designs in your home? Check out the Robert Stewart cushions and tea towel range produced from Living Union. Robert Stewart worked on all sorts of artworks, from paintings to graphics to ceramics, but he's best... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Retro To Go
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A fascinating building and a sympathetic retro renovation in a lovely part of the world: there's plenty to recommend a stay in The Control Tower, Walsingham, Norfolk. The name gives away its past: this building was originally built in 1943... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Retro To Go
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This Call Me Baby wallpaper by Gill Nono definitely makes a statement. That statement will involve a love of retro technology. It's part of a newly launched collection from this British designer, who cites a love of 70s and 80s... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Retro To Go
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We flagged up the new Cath Kidston Clocks pattern in the summer but the range is still expanding. It's certainly hard to resist the charms of these Clocks salt and pepper shakers. It's not very logical, but it's very cute.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Retro To Go
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The latest collection from Habitat contains a couple of treats for fans of public information style posters in the form of these prints from Henrik Dybdahl prints. Habitat are selling two of these 1930s-style prints: one extolling the virtues of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Retro To Go
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It's coming up for summer holiday time. And for style on the go, this vintage-style circular bag from Rocket Originals might just be your new best friend. Rocket Originals are known for their specialisation in 1940s and 50s styles. This... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Retro To Go
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Ever wanted to play at being a designer? This DIY glass bubble ceiling light from Rockett St George allows you to create your own piece of Space Age style lighting, just the way you want it to look. Yes, this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Retro To Go
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These Helter Skelter fairground-inspired lights by Carousel make a very cool statement. Carousel actually specialise in fairground-style lighting, from slick new designs to more industrial-style pieces. It's also well-worth checking out their made-over vintage pieces. These Helter Skelter lights, however,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Retro To Go
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Adding a new sophisticated new style to Loaf's range of seating options is this Bellini cocktail chair. We'd definitely like to encourage the Loaf team to go on more holidays as it makes for some great products. While the retro... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Retro To Go
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We've already seen the Tatty Devine collection marking the 'Year of the Bus'. Now the London Transport Museum has teamed up with Mini Moderns for another bus-related celebration. There are four different designs to pick from. 'Past and Present', as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Retro To Go
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Hitchcock inspires this atmospheric new print by Double Merrick, Fenêtre Sur Cour: the French title for Rear Window. We're big fans of the Anglo-French work of Double Merrick and, in their own words, this print is inspired by Hitchcock at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Retro To Go
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The Bronte dress from Phase Eight offers an easy way to wear 60s style. The dress is made in a crisp and classic black and white colour combination, with the ivory white collar providing the interesting. It's in a loose... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Retro To Go
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You wait all year for one London Bus accessory to come along and ... Typically, after featuring the Tatty Devine bus jewellery collection last week, we're now flagging up another Routemaster-related range: the new London Bus print collection from Cath... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Retro To Go
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We've already seen The Smiths albums as book covers. Now they've been reworked into vintage Pelican covers, thanks to Raid71. Raid71 is Chris Thornley, a graphic designer. He's reworked lyrics from The Smiths into these cool prints that play with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Retro To Go
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This 1940s-inspired Violet floral cherry print dress from Collectif is a simple way to summer style. It's got a great, easy-to-wear shape, with a gentle flare to the skirt that finishes just below the knee. The collar has an unusual... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Retro To Go
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London Transport Museum have declared 2014 the Year of the Bus, tying in with anniversaries such as 60 years since the first appearance of the iconic Routemaster and 75 years since the launch of the RT-Type bus. Another reason for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Retro To Go
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Could your kitchen do with some Atomic Era style? In that case, check out the new 1950s-style Orbit collection from Planet Sputnik Homestyle. Planet Sputnik are a London-based retro film location, vehicle and prop hire agency who have decided to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Retro To Go
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Are you, or do you know an avid DIY-er, cooker, camper or gardener? Sounds like these Hobbies mugs by Snowden Flood may be the perfect home accessory. These four mugs draw on classic 50s designs. In fact, with their sketchy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Retro To Go
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The promise of original 1960s illustrations of New York City are probably enough in themselves to get us wanting to pick up a book, but there's also a fantastic story behind New York: A Mod Portrait of the City. Written... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Retro To Go
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New in at Graham & Green is the gorgeous Odin range - a sofa and an armchair inspired by midcentury styles. As the name might suggest, they take their cue from Scandinavian designs, but are both lovely pieces in their... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Retro To Go
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We love the cute retro style of Ingela Arrhenius' illustrations. Now they are available in another way: in these colourful glasses by Omm Design. There's two different designs to pick from, each decorated with some of her favourite characters. So,... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Retro To Go
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They may be in a very similar style to the Magpie Forest Friends range we featured a while back, but these animal storage tins feature genuine 1950s illustrations by John Hanna. Very little is known about John Hanna but the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Retro To Go
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More fun than a traditional playhouse: kids can get to grips with galaxies far away with this retro space rocket playhouse, available from Dotcomgiftshop. Like all the best rockets, this design is made from cardboard: sturdy enough to withstand a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at Retro To Go
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These Lantern table lamps are a reworking of a 'classic' that's more recent than many of the designs we feature: Harri Koskinen's original lanterns only date back to 1999. But with their 70s looks, they're definitely still worthy of your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Retro To Go
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The high street is full of sixties-style dresses at the moment, and they're pretty hard to resist snapping up when they're as cute as the Jacqueline shift dress by Annie Greenabelle. The design is exclusive to the Topshop website and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at Retro To Go