Tatler How-To: Shop For Vintage Furniture From Europe
Where to go for mid-century modern furniture pieces and more investment-worthy vintage gems for your home.
1/6 Officina Antiquaria
Where: Pietro Maroncelli 2 in Milan, Italy; officinaantiquaria.com
Visiting the Officina Antiquaria gallery of Luca Vitali in Milan is a bit like a trip to a design museum. Decorated with its distinctive red and blue walls, as well as a treasure trove of everything from furnishings and decorations of the 20th century, including pieces from the Art Deco era that can become unique decorative accents to your home. Its eclectic yet refined selection includes a plethora of furniture and lighting pieces, along with accessories that have each been chosen for their well-crafted details, as well as their excellent condition.
2/6 Dusty Deco
Where: Brahegatan 21 and Hornstulls strand 7 (by appointment only) in Stockholm, Sweden; dustydeco.com
Dusty Deco is the go-to gallery that all lovers of Scandinavian design should know. The founder and owner Edin Memic Kjellvertz travels the world in search of design gems for his galleries in Stockholm. “I mix rough industrial pieces with design classics, artistic photographs and beautiful objects. I want all my customers to feel inspired every time they visit us,” says Kjellvertz. The style of the store is very welcoming, while featuring inspiring tableaus comprising Scandi-chic furniture such as chairs and tables, as well as accessories including vases, rugs, and a selection of fine art.
Where: Uhlandstr. 175 in Berlin, Germany; pamono.com
“Life is more interesting when you surround yourself with objects that tell a story”—this is the philosophy of Pamono group, which was first founded as a gallery in Berlin a few years ago, before being converted to an online gallery. Led by its creative director Wava Carpenter, Pamono avoids mass-market designs while offering a bit of something for everyone, covering over 100 years of design history from the celebrated Art Deco era to contemporary cutting-edge designs.
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4/6 Demos Mobilia
Where: Pestalozzi 11 in Chiasso, Switzerland; demosmobilia.ch
Founded in 1995 by Demetrio Zanetti, the gallery’s main warehouse is located in Chiasso, in a spacious 13,993sqft converted industrial factory. Here, you’ll get to peruse and purchase over 3000 vintage pieces, from the '30s to the '70s. The gallery also has its own web store, with the best selection of furniture and accessories. The most wanted piece on sale? A small vintage table—the collaborative work of Italian architect Osvaldo Borsani and Italian painter Lucio Fontana, which was produced by Borsani Atelier in 1953.
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5/6 Davint Design
Tomas Korvas, co-owner and director of Davint Design gallery, decided to close the gallery in Barcelona to open a bigger store online, to share these beautiful objects with design lovers from around the world. With a warehouse located in Czech Republic, Davint Design gallery celebrates pieces with timeless styles and sleek forms: designs that would stand the test of time and make perfect accompaniments to almost any interior scheme—these include Danish Mid-Century design staples as well as furniture designed and produced during the Czechoslovakian New Wave in the '60s.
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6/6 Vintage Design Point
Another gallery you can't miss is Vintage Design Point, an online gallery founded in Brussels, Belgium, by David De Brauwer. “We choose what we like and it has to be a good design and well made,” he says, with the intent to celebrate Belgian design names including architects Willy Van Der Meeren and Lucien Engels, as well as little-known European designers such as France’s Willy Daro. Specialising in 20th century design, in this online gallery also features decorative items, including industrial-style pieces and antique objects.
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