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eBay watch: 1950s wood and formica plant stand


A design that really does scream the era – this 1950s wood and formica plant stand.

Perfect for a period home, it has a wooden triangular base with angled leg supports, a larger surface in black formica with a plastic rim, plus four simila,r but smaller coloured platforms, again in formica with plastic rims. Perfect for plants, prefect for anything other ornaments too.

According to seller, it is in 'good' condition, with a couple of chips and age-related marks which 'do not interfere with the overall look of the piece'. If that's good with you, it's up for auction now with a current price of 99 pence plus postage.

Find out more at the eBay website

Categories / Design and Interiors

Space age Poppins Umbrella Stand by Barber Osgerby


A modern-day take on that late 60s, early 70s space age look – the Poppins Umbrella Stand by Barber Osgerby.

New this year, but screaming of the past, it's sized at 30 x 33 x 30cm, made of standard injectionmoulded glossy ABS and has room for up to six umbrellas – enough for the wettest of days.

Choose from four colours (although the orange is our favourite), each sells for £83.

Find out more at the Panik Design website

Categories / Design and Interiors

Kartell 1960s space age Umbrella Stand by Gino Colombini


I'm not sure what it's like where you are, but today, it has rained pretty much all day here. Which means umbrellas and somewhere to store them – enter the Kartell space age Umbrella Stand.

Designed by Gino Colombini, it's a cylindrical, injection moulded container that's both eye-catching and indestructible. And as an added bonus, it has two lateral openings, offering you the option of using the lower section as a waste basket, as well as an optional upper tray to convert it into an ashtray.

Various colours, retailing for £81.

Find out more at the Made in Design website