Contemporary Black Diamond Skeleton Ring
1950s Black Sequin Backless Showgown (with long train)
The Girl Can't Help It
In-store is a wealth of divine vintage fashionable classics and accessories for men and women, including an eclectic mix of affordable vintage clothes and accessories from the Victorian period to the modern day, with a focus on the styles of the 40s and 50s. Everything in the shop is also available for hire at reasonable rates for parties, events and productions.Deborah Woolf Vintage is a relatively new addition to Alfies but is a well established dealer on Church Street with an amazing shop just across the road from Alfies. From antique folk costume to avant-garde clothing and fabulous signed and unsigned jewellery of the 60s and 70s. Deborah also has small furniture, stuffed toys, tin toys, vintage dolls, trunks, mannequins, original photographs and fashion prints. Deborah can be found beside Empire Vintage.
I'm sure you'll agree that this corner of Alfies is truely a retro paradise to behold!
The art and design of the Art Deco era (1920-1939) is characterised by geometric shapes, bright colours and decorative motifs deriving from a wide range of styles of the 20th Century such as Neo-classical, Constructivism, Cubism, Modernism, Art Noveau and Futurism. In Europe, its popularity peaked in the 1920s and in the
Poster for the influential exposition
The stylistic label Art Deco was introduced later in the mid 1960s when the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in
Art Deco design is based on mathematical geometric shapes in trapezoidal, zigzagged and jumbled designs, seen in the motifs of abstracted garlands of flowers, flowing fountains, running deer, chevrons, lightning flashes, and sunbursts. These shapes were influenced by the crystalline and faceted forms of decorative Cubism and Futurism, as well as ethnographic arts of
The collecting of ‘primitive’ artefacts at the beginning of the 20th Century inspired designers to use exotic woods, ivory, snake, shark and zebra skin. Art Deco design was also influenced by Machine Age or stre
Miami Beach Art Deco houses
Art Deco lost its fame in the West after reaching mass production in the late 1930s and began to be thought of as gaudy and an unecessary luxury, and its presence was cut short by the austerities of The Second World War. Many later artistic movements were influenced by Art Deco such as
The symmetry and repetition of Art Deco design spanned across jewellery, kitchen ware and decorative objects, seen in a selection of items from Alfies:
Colourful deco crystal necklaces and a dog brooch in celluloid. Prices from £ 35.00, from The Originals – Paola & Iaia
A pair of rare Art Deco salt and pepper shakers with radiating designs, c.1925 offered by W & L Antiques
Two tier silver plated cake stand designed by Mappin and Webb, offered by Goldsmith & Perris
Five mirror Deco vases. One pair of clear mirror, one pair of yellow mirror and one tall bronze mirror, all from Thirteen.
Two vases with stepped pyramid bases, offered by Renato
Lighting from the Art Deco era shows the gradual symmetry, such as these ex
Orange phenolic and stepped chrome base original art deco table l
Art Deco brown bakelite table l
A 1930's Art Deco crystal chandelier, width 80cm, offered by Lorna Lee Leslie
In interior design, the symmetry of Art Deco was combined with the beautiful use of wood, leather, metal and glass:
Elegant pair of 1930s consoles with drawers, in burr wood and leather, 90cm wide x 45 cm deep x 75 cm high, offered by Bent Ply
Round green glass Art Deco mirror offered by Louise Verber
A French Deco hall stand, from Stephen Lazarus
Ebonised and chrome sideboard made by P.E.L., measuring 152cm x 57cm x 92cm high, offered by Travers Antiques
Walnut and mirror shelves. 40cm x 40cm x 80cm high, also from Travers Antiques
More Art deco to be found in Alfies, over three floors of wonders!