In terms of crockery for afternoon tea, our favourite meal of the day, we thought we'd seen everything. Oh how wrong we were.
In no way whatsoever is this Blaue Blume Tea Service from Undergrowth Designs just another collection of twee patterned cups & saucers. The plates are adorned with an intricate 1920s lace pattern with a simplistic 'Eat me!' slogan in your choice of black or gold, whilst the cups, teapot and other pieces are finished with a pair of ladies legs. Some of the more eccentric pieces include the sugar bowl, which is designed as an old fashioned rolltop bath, and the petit four stand, which is propped up at the bottom by an antique doll's head. Every piece has been lovingly made and glazed by hand in London. Although it will not be to everyone's taste, this is a truly unique collection that will no doubt cause a stir at your next tea party.
Pieces in the collection start from £12.26. You can see the full range on the Undergrowth Designs website.
Want to kit your home out in some classic 20th century design? You need to head for the Christie's Interiors auction in London, which takes place at the South Kensington site in London in 8th February 2011.
In truth, there are items going through the centuries, both antique and fairly recent, but it's the midcentury items that have caught our eye. This Ernst Igl Hadi desk is one such design. From 1971, this space age gem was produced by Bayer in moulded polyurethane, with storage and lighting built-in.
Not too expensive either really, £800 – £1,200 is the estimate. Check out the site to register to bid or see all the lots.
Find out more at the Christie's website
A Two Pipe Problem is a Walthamstow-based letterpress studio run by graphic designer Stephen Kenny. Using his collection of old wooden blocks and metal type he designs and prints striking posters featuring quotes inspired by music, film and literature. The typography creates a strong visual impact with classic style and the antique nature of the materials used means that no two posters are the same.
Stephen will also undertake commissions to produce one-off posters to commemorate weddings and births and if you really have the letterpress bug, you can even attend a workshop at his studio and learn a little bit about the history of the press and then create your own poster to take home.
The poster featured above costs £32 and you can find out more about Stephen and his work here
Collector of vintage ceramics? This plate wallpaper by Studio Ditte is sure to appeal, as it's covered with images of antique porcelain plates. It's probably much easier to put up than trying to hang and arrange your own collection.
The paper comes in rolls of six meters, with a pattern repeat of three metres.
However, there's a designer price tag attached to this look as it costs £120 a roll.
Buy it from Catkin Collection
If you are a fan of anything jazz age and happen to be in the vicinity of Marylebone, London, this Saturday 17 April, you may want to swing by Alfie's Antique Market for the first of their Nostalgia Saturdays.
From 10am to 6pm, the famous interior market will be celebrating the 1920s and 30s. As well as the usual 70 plus dealers and their goods to search through, there will be talks, readings from books of the period and afternoon tea served in the rooftop restaurant. Kid Krupa will be playing hot jazz and swing throughout the day to make your shopping experience just that bit more exciting.
You can email the address on the Alfie's website to get the whole list of activities as well as a guide to their dealers who will be selling goods from the period.
Future Nostalgia Saturdays will highlight the 1940s and 50s in May and the 1960s and 70s in June.
Find out more on their website