Tuesday, 13 December 2011
The Country's Collectables - By David Adams
"As well as whole neighbourhoods of stores, London has some great antiques centres, where small shops are gathered together under one roof. Alfies Antiques, in Marylebone is a fantastic place to buy 20th century furniture and vintage fashion."
Alfies Antiques, Marylebone, London.
Dealers in this excellent antiques centre include specialists in classic British and American clothes from the 20s,30s,40s, and 50s. www.alfiesantiques.com"
"Church Street in Marylebone, home to the excellent Alfies Antique Market, has blossomed into antiques row."
Alfies Antique Market is featured in the 'Furniture arcades & covered markets' section.
The Girl Can't Help It is also featured along with vintage shop Persiflage, both at Alfies Antique Market
Friday, 18 November 2011
Monday, 10 October 2011
By Christopher Middleton
"We are hoping to furnish a town house. While there are great bargains to be had at markets around the country, for the cream of the crop you can’t beat the big city. Judith has brought us to the bustling antiques colony on Church Street, just north of the Marylebone Road, in North London. Its capital is Alfie’s Antiques Market, which sits behind an Egyptian-themed façade, and has a warren-like interior that is altogether more Marrakesh than Marylebone...Painful though it may be to those who grew up in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies, that era is now considered not just antique territory, but also very desirable. This is why, a few minutes later, we find ourselves standing in front of four stylish Italian dining chairs, on Bruna Naufal’s stall.
“They have a good shape. They’re made of lovely wood, they’re fashionable, date from the Fifties and will appreciate in value,” says Judith approvingly. “The asking price is £900, but we’ll try for £700 and get them for £800.”
To the antique-buying novice, of course, spending £200 on a kitchen chair could take you well out of your comfort zone. But again Judith returns to her point about it being an investment, rather than money down the drain. And she’s not finished yet.
Having solved the problem of what to sit on around the dining table, she now sets about finding something to sit on in the living room. “And don’t think it has to be a sofa,” she says. “Two upholstered chairs can work just as well.”
In the event, though, we decide against the luxuriously appointed Thirties Gio Ponti armchairs on Francesca Martire’s stall (£7,000 apiece, with sofa an extra £7,500) and go for the altogether wackier row of wooden French cinema seats being sold by Stephen Hall (£495).
“They’re fun, have character, and are in line with the recession zeitgeist. This revolves around the idea that the outside world is horrible and ghastly, so we’re going to create our own world and 'cocoon’ at home,” explains Judith. “That said, you might need some cushions.”
Of course, no home is complete without a dining table, and she suggests that we fill that gap not with a conventionally shaped rectangular piece, but with a glamorously circular rosewood creation, with a built-in rotating lazy Susan at its centre.
Designed in the Seventies by Richard Young for a firm called Merrow Associates, it comes with a glowing recommendation from Judith. “It’s beautifully made, practical and, being circular, it’s more sociable than any other shape,” she says.
At £2,800 it is also quite expensive, so for now we tell the dealer, Charles Rooney, we’ll think about it and focus instead on crockery. Judith suggests we look for items that aren’t matching, but from the same “family”.
To which end, she suggests buying a series of “trios” (that’s cup, plate and saucer), all made in the Twenties. All are made by the same design firm (Shelley), but all have subtly different patterns. Each trio costs between £65-£170 at Beth Adams’s stall, just by the front door.
Or we can go for matching pieces, such as the Red Domino range, made by Midwinter in the Fifties (white with red and white rims). The plates cost £15-£25 each, and tureens go for £65 (on the Robinson Antiques stall). They are all on Judith’s mid-20th-century modern shopping list..."
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.
Sunday, 9 October 2011
Saturday, 8 October 2011
Friday, 7 October 2011
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
2nd September 2011
"Which shops do you rely on?
For vintage clothes and unique pieces of furniture I go to Alfies Antique Market in Marylebone. I love the red velvet cake at the Hummingbird Bakery in Notting Hill and I go to Anthropologie for fantastic homeware and bits for my kitchen. I've also discovered a fantastic bike boutique called Luv Handles on Bolingbroke Grove in Wandsworth for bike accessories and gorgeous vintage bikes."
Read the full article here.
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
This is what they had to say about Alfies -
"Alfie's Market: This emporium of all things fabulous positively throbs with antiques, mid-century modern design and cutting-edge home inclusions that would render even the most design literate slack jawed. If you want to buy a tiny precious collectible, say a crystal ashtray, or something more substantial, like a Knoll sofa, then this massive mecca is undoubtedly the store for you. ."
You can read the full article here
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Rough translation of the article below:
Their chairs are also great pieces for hire for photographic and film productions. “This one is mine, but she managed to break the arm” claims Emilia jokingly, pointing at photo of Kylie Minogue on the cover of "Cosmopolitan" in which the Australian singer shareds space with a pink restored chair. Thirteen Interiors, Emilia’s stand in Alfies, is also a point of interest to those looking for lighting fixtures and vases. The Rio native is in love with Murano glass. “Although I end up helping everyone here. There is always a neighbour who needs someone to look after their stand or visit the cafe. Because we are in a quieter environment than Notting Hill we work as a small community. A dealer always knows if something might interest others.” Alfies is on Church Street, in Marylebone."
The Vintage Issue
50 Best Vintage Shops
Alfies has been voted one of the 50 best vintage shops in the country. Coming in at number 2 the description reads:
"'The world's your vintage oyster in Alfies - a buzzing antiques market wiht a rather nice roof cafe on top.' says Katherine. Over 100 dealers sell everything from mid-century furniture to Jessie Tait ceramic. Look out for the Girl Can'ts Help It and Ian Broughton who lives and breather the Fifties."
at Alfies Antique Market. £70.
Bags of Fun by Madeleine Marsh
Superb article on vintage handbags from the 1950s. The Girl Can't Help It and Deborah Woolf Vintage are both named as places to buy. Find their shops at Alfies.