9 June 2011

Antiquexplorer June 2011 issue

Well we’ve broken a record at the ‘Explorer offices this month – compiling this entire issue in under a week to make way for our long awaited, annual Interiors Guide 2011/2012. There’s a considerable demand for the unusual, quirky and decorative, and our new guide is packed full of it. Click on the above link to view the Flip Book version and see how easy it is to shop online with these inspirational businesses.
Whatever the unpredictable weather, it’s now that we all like to spend more time outdoors, and what better way than to stroll around the largest architectural salvage, reclamation and garden antiques show in the country. Every year I go along to the Salvo Fair in Knebworth and it’s just the ticket – see for yourself in our first article this month.
The bathroom first became the family battleground well over 130 years ago and has been the linchpin in the comfort of our homes ever since. Today, it’s interesting to see how styles have changed, and look at how we can adopt the best elements of bathroom design of the past, and bring them into the future. Read more in our article on page 10, which certainly shows how ‘anything goes’!
I’ve seen a ‘look’ emerging, which I absolutely love. It’s a sort of industrial meets apothecary-chic look; pigeonhole boxes, decorative jars and bottles, chairs with wooden seats and metal bases, and masses of period typography. So join me in the chemist’s shop for some great decorative concoctions.
Philip Woolway is a man after my own heart; he loves digital photography, shops bursting with antiques and curios, and he can’t help buying a prop or two en route! His work is featured (rather bravely we think) on our front cover this month, it’s quite puzzling until you rotate the image to get a feel of the perspective. And in the words of Rolf Harris, “Can you tell what is it yet?”
P.S. If you’re a vintage dealer, event organiser or pure vintage enthusiast, drop us an email as we’d like to hear from you, and tell you about a new vintage magazine coming to a town near you!
Karyn Sparks
View or buy the June issue online at: www.antiquexplorer.com

Antiquexplorer April 2011 issue

I’ve just spent a lovely day buying, browsing and photographing at my local Vintage Market in Bridport. It’s got a great West Country vibe, with the flavour of a French Brocante market, which was born from a lot of vintage community spirit! Follow the meandering table-top sellers into the thick of it, with open shop fronts, live music and locally made food –it was absolutely heaving and a great way to spend a lazy  Sunday. I however, should have been working on this magazine’s deadline, but hey-ho what an inspiring way to finish off the April vintage issue... spring is most definitely here!
This ‘Vintage Britain’ issue is designed to help you shake off the winter cobwebs and get inspired by street parties and festivals, the imminent Royal Wedding and everything that makes Britain rule!
View or buy the April back issue online at: www.antiquexplorer.com