You can't beat the Art Deco style for added instant glamour to your home. It's that era that informs these Normandie chairs from Benchmark.
The clue is in their name. Designed by Terence Conran, he's drawn inspiration from the famous Deco liner SS Normandie which entered service in 1935. This translates into the sleek lines of the chair which are available with either an oak or upholstered back and in natural oak, or a 'mocha stained' colour. The chairs don't come with the striking geometric fabric pictured (though you can ring the company and ask about it) and instead they're upholstered in the customer's own fabric, allowing you to make your own interpretation of the look.
This glamorous look comes with a price tag of £595.
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Stylish and functional is the great combination offered by this Skipper coffee table from Benchmark.
It's a contemporary design, from the hands of Terence Conran no less, but would look good fitting in with a 1950s/60s style. That feel is enhanced by the combination of the oak table top and the powder coated steel storage rack underneath. Add to that the unusual shape and it looks like a pretty good furniture investment.
The table costs £745.
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London's Rocket Gallery are putting on another exhibition of Jens Risom furniture next month, this time with a difference as the gallery has been given the European licence to reissue Risom's designs.
The collection has been done in collaboration with the furniture makers, Benchmark, all under the supervision of a now very elderly Risom. It includes nine pieces originally designed in the 1950s and 60s, including chairs, a desk, side tables and an upholstered bench, recreated in a mixture of oak and walnut versions.
There's no mention of prices yet but if you fancy a look the exhibition runs from 2 July to 4 September.
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