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I Spy – The Vintage Archive Co…

April 12th, 2012 | Posted by deardesigner in I Spy | Interior Design

The Vintage Archive Company was founded by two friends, Harry Villiers, founder member of Villiers Brothers, designers and makers of finely crafted original furniture since 1989, and David Riches, Creative Director of Visual Edge, the designer of publications for Liberty.

Metal cabinet partly repurposed from roller doors and featuring hand-painted advertisements and imagery from Victorian India.

Between them they have over 50 years combined experience in design and this venture is the result of a chance conversation at a Christmas party.

Alphabet chest of drawers. Upcycled from solid teak with 26 pull out drawers and a beautifully aged paint finish.

They have explored markets and secret sources in far off places, in search of vintage, upcycled furniture, toys, objets d’art, vintage posters and graphics to sell. They only choose items which are genuine, with a story to tell and the look of age is very important to them.

24” Coca-Cola enamel button sign from the 1950′s. Found in New Orleans prior to hurricane Katrina.

It could be a horse from an Indian fairground, a garden bench made from the oars of a 1930s boat, or a collection of 1930s glove moulds, which transform into a piece of installation art.

Tri-folding screen. Repurposed from an old shop front in Panjim, India, this unique screen has many layers of sign writing, graphics and paint on both sides. Each panel is made from solid teak and held together with heavy-duty hinges.

All items are total one-offs. So hurry, they won’t be around for long?

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