After spending three months looking for the perfect Scandi yellow chair, founder Sandrine Zhang Ferron came up with the idea of starting an online marketplace to make it easier to find vintage furniture in one place. With over 1,600 independent dealers worldwide, Vinterior is a community of professional sellers with a shared passion for craftsmanship. Styles include mid-century, retro, shabby chic, Bauhaus and Chinese.
Starting with a few dealers hand-selected by founder Michael Bruno at Paris’s legendary antiques market, Marché Aux Puces, in 2001, 1st Dibs has since become a global destination for online treasures. A favourite with fashionistas (Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford both sing its praises) you can even find a £50,000 Hermès Birkin among the covetable furniture.
Founded by Rococo Davis, who describes her style as ‘classic English with a twist’, this website offers fun and decorative vintage and antique finds. The aesthetic combines colour with layered patterns to create a warm and welcoming home environment. The place to find a wavy wicker tray, a vintage pale blue hanging ceramic shel, Murano glass objects and Italian ceramic candlesticks.
With a love for unusual home accessories and furniture, Alice Wawrik sources pieces to order, as well as offering an extensive online stock. From a 1960s marbled Harlequin tea set, to a vintage rattan and bamboo side table, her edit will leave you spoilt for choice. If what you’re after isn’t there, Alice will happily delve into her own contacts book on your behalf.
Charlie Porter initially started Tat London as a hobby. With a sharp eye for interiors, Charlie now stocks art, textiles, mirrors, lighting, tableware and ceramics spanning a range of eras. Her collection of wall sconces is enviable, while the range of art means an original oil painting can be yours for less than the price of a designer dress.
Retrouvius was founded by architects Maria Speake and Adam Hills in 1993. Working with demolition firms, the company was commissioned to salvage architectural elements from buildings, from the entire facade of the World Trade Centre in Canary Wharf following the IRA bombing, to purchasing the concourse of the demolished Heathrow Terminal 2. There’s also a full interior design service on offer, as well as a vast range of furniture and decorative accessories.
Launched in 2011, The Hoarde is a great source for vintage, retro and affordable antiques for the home and garden. Dealers add items each day, providing plenty of ideas and inspiration. The Garden Architectural is well worth a look for quirky additions to your outdoor space.
The Decorative Collective
The Decorative Collective website was launched in 2009 but its owner, Jane Walton, is also a dealer herself. A busy and friendly online marketplace, customers can interact with various dealers from the UK and Europe selling antique, mid-century and vintage furniture, lighting, mirrors, art and accessories. From antique theatre lights to faux tortoiseshell armoires, there’s real variety.
This treasure trove of decorative antiques has over 5,000 unique pieces showcased in 35,000 square foot of retail space. With 150 new items added each week, Lorfords houses Europe’s biggest collection of decorative accesories in two sites in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. For those of us who can’t get to the Cotswolds right now, this online emporium also delivers to your door. Stock is beautifully presented online and returns are hassle-free. We love the selection of armchairs, which are ready to be upholstered in your favourite fabric.
A London-based interiors brand offering a mix of antique and contemporary furniture and accessories, Ceraudo was founded in 2016 by sisters Emily and Victoria Ceraudo. Responding to what they saw as the tired homogeneity – not to mention the extortionate price tags – of the interiors market, the initial aim was to source one-off vintage and antique gems at affordable prices. Everything from Art Deco lemonade sets and antique maps, to Louis XVI-style mahogany bouillotte tables, are available for purchase.
Formerly known as Brocante Lab, Selency was started in 2014 to provide a way for everyone to buy and sell the most beautiful and unique pieces from the comfort of their own home. Everyday, professional dealers and non-professional sellers add their vintage finds, Scandinavian-style pieces and second-hand decor.
As well as sourcing the best original, vintage classics and contemporary pieces from around the globe, Pamano also profiles and celebrates the people and ideas shaping design today. With a passionate team scouring the world to showcase established and emerging galleries, shops and designers, there’s so much to explore. The Art Deco and mid-century sections are particularly well curated.
The French House
Selling a range of antique furniture and reclaimed items imported from France, The French House has a large warehouse in Parsons Green, London, as well as Huntington, York. A mid-19th-century deep buttoned chaise longue reupholstered in a blue/grey velvet with luxe fringing recently caught our eye, as did a rustic work bench with compartment drawers.
This website brings together 485 antique dealers, allowing customers to browse the inventories of the UK’s leading dealers in one place. A must-visit site for more typical and traditional style antiques, this is the place to find a mahogany desk or an Arts & Crafts dish.
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