If you have a vintage interiors enthusiast amongst your family and friends, Vintage Home by Judith Miller and published by Jacqui Small, would make an ideal Christmas gift. As one would expect from renowned antiques expert Judith Miller, it’s an informative read as well as an inspirational guide to collecting and using 20th century furniture and accessories in your home.
For starters it is chock full of pics of mouthwatering interiors using vintage pieces to brilliant effect:
As well as being some of my favourite interiors from the book, the 3 photos above give a really good flavour of the book – especially as they demonstrate how vintage furniture and accessories can be used in all kinds of interiors and spaces, and that rooms with vintage pieces don’t have to look like a historical drama film set or museum gallery. And if the photos aren’t inspiational enough, Miller gives lots of great advice on how to avoid these pitfalls.
The book is very far from just being a design guide, however. If you are keen to become an educated collector of designs from the 20th century, it is a great reference source, with price guides and insights into what to look for.
Miller covers several different design eras:
- The Birth of Modernism 1880-1914
- Deco World 1918 – 1945
- New Look 1946 – 1969
- New Moderns 1970 – 2015
Within the chapters there are lots of subdivisions which highlight particular trends within an era (e.g. the stylized graphics of the Art Deco era or the ‘Anarchy of Styles’ of the 1970s), significant designers and influential pieces and styles:
If you are keen to become a very well informed collector of designs from the 20th century this book is a great reference source, with price guides and insights into what to look for when considering your purchases. And it’s a great read on the history of design in the 20th century even if you aren’t quite in the market for an Eames chair at the moment!
Many thanks to Jacqui Small Publishing for providing a review copy of this book.
I have a copy of Vintage Homes to give away, so if you would like to be in with a chance of winning it, let me know what your favourite vintage style is before Monday evening (7 Dec) in a comment on this post, and you could be in with a chance of winning. UK participants only please, because of the (literally!) heavy postage costs. Sorry about that!
Sorry for delay in doing the draw for this book – the winner is:
Comment 11 was left by Jan – congrats to her. Thanks to everyone else who shared their vintage enthusiasms – great to read about them.