We do love the designs of George Nelson here at Retro To Go, but we’ve focused in the past on his clocks. Well, it’s about time we shifted our eye elsewhere, starting with the George Nelson Coconut Chair.
Another of the man’s designs that defies its age – this originally appeared in 1955, taking its name quite obviously from the look – the designer himself compared it to a segment of coconut, albeit with a reversal of colour.
The chair itself, now reissued by Vitra, comprises of a white fibreglass-reinforced plastic outer shell, with black upholstery sat on a chromed tubular steel base. And prices vary according to your choice of upholstery, starting at £517.50, rising to £3208.50 at Nest.
Find out more at the Nest website
Looking for something eco-friendly with a bit of heritage? You need this recycled London Transport cloth shopper from Rennies Seaside Modern.
Yes, as you can probably tell, the bag, which is sized at 14 inches x 11 inches, is made of vintage (but unused) District Line moquette, along with a leather shoulder strap for carrying.
And it’s been made in very small numbers – so if you get one, chances are that no-one else you know will have one. The bag retails for £65.
Find out more from the Rennies Seaside Modern website
And thanks to Kavel for the tip off!
Everyone needs a tea towel – and if you’re in the market for a new one, how about something a little quirky like this Mid Century Chairs tea towel.
Pretty much as the name says – this is a superb reference to a range of mid century seating, or even party game of ‘name that chair’! The tea towel has a black print on a white 100 per cent cotton towel and of course, is machine washable.
And while many of these chairs might be out of your budget, this 78cm x 50cm tea towel shouldn’t be – available now for £9.
Find out more at the Grace and Go website
I still associate Laura Ashley with that ‘grandma’ look, but if you dig enough, they do have the odd item worthy of consideration, the latest of which is this Laura Ashley retro Darwin chair.
It’s a really attractive chair, ideal if you’re going for a 50s vibe, with its curved wooden arms and retro-styled upholstery. It looks like a dream to sink into too.
It’s due in stores next month, although you can order online now, with a lead time of around 1 weeks. Not cheap though – £446.25.
Find out more at the Laura Ashley website
First issued in 1964, long out of print and sought after by just about everyone with an interest in classic/vintage fashion and style, The ABC of Men’s Fashion by Hardy Amies is finally scheduled for a reissue in the coming weeks.
It’s re-appearance is down to the V&A, which is reissuing the book as part of its Golden Age of Couture exhibition. And if you have any interest in men’s fashion, this is pretty much essential, breaking down just about every fashion term and item into an A to Z listing, with descriptions for each in Mr Amies’ own witty style.
So if you want to know the difference between a flare and a bell bottom, The ABC of Men’s Fashion will tell you when it’s released in October, with a new introduction by Ian Garlant, priced around £9.99.
Find out more at the V&A website
Sisters Susie and Heidi Bauer were inspired by the pop culture and mass-produced items they grew up with in 1960s California, and this has formed the basis of their design company Rock Scissor Paper.
Rock Sissor Paper produces a wonderful range of stationery and homeware, including a selection of cheerful tea towels, featuring prints in teal, orange and lime. The ‘Tree’ tea towel is particularly lovely and reminiscent of Orla Kiely’s prints.
They are available to buy individually for $14 (approximately £7) or $39 (£20) for a set of three. Further details can be found on the Rock Scissor Paper website.