Chase and Wonder has produced a pair of retro cycling-themed cushions, "A Lady Rides" and "A Gentleman Rides".
Last year was the 150th anniversary of Sanderson and we featured many of the products produced as part of their celebration, including the range of cushions produced using some of their textile designs. Their range has also expanded beyond this, to include designs based on ephemera in the Sanderson archive, such as this skier cushion.
The cushion is based on an invite to an early Sanderson bash and also features an appealing illustration showing a skier against a wintery background. There's no year given on the invite but it looks like it dates right back to the early days of the company. If you like this, there's also another design based on an Edwardian design for the company.
Made from linen, the cushion costs £35.
Buy it from John Lewis
You may remember their This Other Eden wallpaper, which appeared to be composed of old photographs. This design also has a vintage appearance, looking like a traditional toile design. Peer a bit closer (there's a close-up over the page to help you) and you'll see an extraordinary range of characters, based on changing fashions of the twentieth-century. So you get a fully decked out teddy boy talking to a flapper boy, or a punk addressing an Edwardian lady. The characters promenade even takes them past iconic temples to fashion such as the Biba store.
The design is great fun and is sure to be a talking point for many more years. It costs £65 a roll.
Buy it from Rockett St George
We often talk about Art Deco buildings or Brutalist architecture here, but we don’t mention the periods covered by this book quite so much. “The Book of the Edwardian and Inter-war House” by Richard Russell Lawrence looks at the homes built in these periods, a time when most people began to own their own homes and is a great introduction to the subject.
The book describes in detail, across 272 pages, the dominant styles of these periods. It also looks at the showpiece developments such as Hampstead Garden Suburb and Letchworth Garden City and the latter part of the book has sections focusing on individual elements of the house such as fireplaces, chimneys, bathrooms and tiles.
You can buy the book in hardcover for £22.99 from Amazon.