Categories / Women's Fashion

Green Wendy Sunglasses from Fred Flare

Wendyglasses

The dominance of oversized shapes on the sunglasses market of recent years appears to be shifting, but there's always a retro element for designers to look to. This pair of Green Wendy Sunglasses from Fred Flare offer an immediate vintage look without opting for clichés.

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Categories / Kids

Robot alarm clock from Habitat

Robot alarm clock

This robot alarm clock from Habitat is a great piece of fun retro design for your kids – or just yourself.

The robot stands at just over 11cm high and is made from plastic. As well as looking good, he's got the added bonus of a clock in his stomach – and an alarm to go with it. This blue hatted robot is our favourite but Habitat is also stocking a slightly crazed looking pink robot alarm clock too. 

They're both currently reduced in price to £8. 

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Categories / eBay watch

eBay watch: 1970s Robin Day Polo Chair

Polo

It's incorrectly listed (by title), which might account for this Robin Day Polo Chair still being at its starting price of under £1, as opposed to something nearer the official £49 price point.

It's an early '70s design classic, albeit a functional one and one with a low price point. That's because this indoor/outdoor polypropylene, ergonomically-correct chair was designed for general use, not for showing off.

It was reissued on 2000, this being one of those reissues. The seller has 13 available in white and right now, the price is at 99 pence. So a possible bargain, that's for sure.

Find out more at the eBay website

Categories / Books, Design and Interiors

Plastic Dreams: Synthetic Visions in Design by Charlotte and Peter Fiell

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When I think of plastic in design, I tend to think of 1960s space-age pieces, but its importance actually spans the past 150 years rather than just one decade. Plastic Dreams: Synthetic Visions in Design looks at the influence the material has had over that period.

The book charts the use of plastic from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, but of course it covers a lot of our favourite design periods in between. It features over 120 landmark designs, including Wells Coates AD 65 radio from the 1930s and Konstanin Grcic's MYTO chair, a modern design that we’ve featured here before on account of its retro looks.

Plastic Dreams is available to buy from Amazon, priced £23.70.