Hector & Bailey's Upcycled Drawers {After}

Hector & Bailey’s Found & Fixed

By Marica

Today we would like to introduce you to interior designer and upcycling supergirl, Jess from Hector & Bailey. We just love the Found & Fixed section of her blog where she shares beautiful furniture pieces she has lovingly upcycled and restored. Her passion for finding lost and unloved pieces and returning them to their former glory (with that added quirky edge of course) is quite apparent. She says she has always “felt a duty to bring these pieces back from the dead.

Hector & Bailey's Upcycled Server {Before}Hector & Bailey's Upcycled Server {After}Jess founded interior design company, Hector & Bailey in London in 2009 in defiance of the recession and moved across the globe to Durban. Seeking a bit of sunny skies and warm weather, where you Jess? – well, either way, we are super happy to have you join the South African ranks!

Jess is also currently working hard on a new range which she will be showcasing alongside fellow Durbanite, Wendy-Lee Douglas of Sketch Bok/dbn (the design and grown-up part of ilovebokkie) at the Joburg Food Wine & Design Fair. This collaboration, which they have named Miss + Meisie,  will also feature various SA and UK designers. They aim to make this collab a permanent fixture, selling online and hosting pop-up shops showcasing up-and-coming local and UK talent. So if you are in the Jozi area end November be sure to check it out…

I also just had to share two of her Before & After pieces – it is truly amazing how a good sanding and a lick of paint can transform these articles into trendy desirable pieces. I especially love the collection of tossed drawers she revamped. A pop of bright colour and some funky wallpaper, and now they are most gorgeous wall shelves or boxed displays.

More exciting news… Jess is going to be doing a DIY guest post for us next month where she will be showing us step-by-step how to transform something old into something new… so, keep your eyes peeled! Do yourself a favour and pop over to Hector & Bailey to see more of Jess’s Found & Fixed beauties!

Hector & Bailey's Upcycled Drawers {Before}Hector & Bailey's Upcycled Drawers {After}

Mid-Century Furniture Finds

To conclude our little, unplanned, random blog series of Mid-Century Modern musings we thought inspire you with some local Modern furniture finds. The Mother City’s trendy style, hipster vibe and appreciation for all things vintage ensured a natural affinity to the global revival of the Mid-Century Modern trend. Cape Town is littered with flourishing shops dedicated to the import and restoration of Mid-Century Modern furniture & décor. Sigh, what can I say – we just love it…

This gorgeous mid-century chair is something different – not a Scandinavian import, it was made in the good ole R.S.A. Manufactured in the 1950’s, this armchair was made by the well known furniture maker G.H Starck Limited, who opened their doors in 1936 in Parow. Salvaged and restored by one of my favourite local mid-century upcyclers, RESTORE, they re-sprayed the chair in fresh white and upholstered it in this striking geometric fabric by Lulu Fabrics.

Another beautiful space filled with mid-century furniture, gifts and quirky vintage kitchenalia and collectables is that of well-known, VAMP. I loved this quirky two-seater Mahogany couch and love set of Maple nested tables with inky grey tops.

This striking and fun mid-century modern arm chair was revamped by SAKS CORNER. Their vintage restorations usually have funky unique and playful twist.

We have mentioned SPACE FOR LIFE before – they specialise in the import of beautifully designed and well-crafted mid-century furniture pieces from Scandinavia. This gorgeous teak easy chair above, manufactured by Soren J Ladefogde & Son in 1959, still has it’s original dark green wool fabric upholstery. The tall teak side board dresser cabinet is also a superb piece of craftsmanship.

The MID-CENTURY MODERN showroom & gallery in Durham Avenue, Cape Town has a gorgeous array of mid-century originals (as well as some awesome Bauhaus pieces) It was their remarkable collection of mid-century lighting that caught my attention this time. The well-known “Contrast” pendant lamp by Poul Henningsen (circa 1962) and the striking teal hand-blown glass pendant light by Luciano Vistosi (circa 1957) were my favourites.

MID-CENTURY MODERN also import pieces from the Danish furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son, who has been manufacturing the designs of renowned mid-century furniture designer, Hans Wegner since 1949. The Y-Chair (also know as the Wishbone Chair) and the stunning upholstered lounge chair (CH445) is just two of Wegner’s most recognizable designs.

Then, or the mid-century lover on a budget – you can take the less-expensive route of purchasing mid-century replicas. The Eames lounge chair and rocker replicas are available from 5ROOMS.COM

And there you go – some lovely mid-century awesomeness to carry you into the weekend!