We featured one of these some time back, but as it's an affordable space age classic, happy to feature this Robin Day for Hille Studio coffee table once more.
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
We featured one item reissued for the company's 90th anniversary yesterday, but here's another gem that's back from the Ercol archives – the Ercol Studio sofa.
Designed by company founder Lucian Ercolani in the late 1950s, it's both stylish and versatile, not least because it can double up as an occasional bed as well as a sofa.
Made from solid elm and beech, you can get it finished in a wide range of fabrics. Because of that point, prices vary, but start at £1,875.
Polka dots are a print most often associated with the 1950s, especially when they're oversized and in kitschy colours. In the eighties, designers and high street shops alike loved to re-appropriate that fifties look, giving a distinct new slant to many style points. This Polka Dot Cup Dress by Rare is a perfect example of the clash of those two eras working in fashion's favour.
The structured cups at the bustline give this dress the eighties edge, aping the underwear-as-outerwear trend sported by many icons of the time. Finished in a bold, bright red the dress has a fun and youthful take on retro style.
Get it online from Topshop's Studio brands for £49.