Dip into Deco bathrooms
Resurfaced roll top baths, Deco bathroom suites, Belfast and Butler sinks. With so much salvaged sanitary ware out there, it is not necessary to buy new. Look to salvage dealers like Mongers that supply reconditioned taps too.
Mongers Architectural Salvage
Period old things from playful young things
Standing tall, Matt Dixon of Tallboy Interiors and Buster below, part of the Vagabond Antiques family. Both businesses won a free Salvo stand in the Antiques Young Guns competition – a support network for people under 39 working in the antiques industry.
These dealers are changing the stuffy image of antiques and getting playful with period pieces. What could be more sustainable than buying furniture built to last, and reused over-and-over again?
Tallboy Interiors / Vagabond Antiques
Ethical eating and drinking at Silo with Old Tree Brewery
Zero waste restaurant, Silo chef Douglas McMaster’s mission is always the first thing critics note. The taste however, is just as mind-blowing. V for veggie, I ordered the contemporary calzone filled with curried plant-based goodness in the Silo at Salvo pop up. Washed down with Kombucha from Old Tree Brewery, a social enterprise that combines brewing and gardening to make nourishing, delicious drinks.
They supply ethical restaurants like Silo in Brighton, where Old Tree also run their Brewhouse Café. And if you’re nowhere near Brighton, you can buy their drinks online.
I sampled their Sencha green tea Kombucha, which is both earthy and energising and packed with probiotics.
Silo / Old Tree Brewery
Time for change with Clock Props
I haven’t worn a watch since I was a teenager. Perhaps because I grew up with a phone to tell me the time, but I fell for this Salvo Fair stand of clocks.
With a collection of over 500 clocks, a visit to Clock Props’ showroom back in London is high on my to-see list. Buy or hire. They probably have the largest selection of clocks in the UK, and they are a go-to for interior and set designers.
Mahala and Roomi Apparel
I’ve been banging on about ethical homeware and accessories brand Mahala for a while and I finally got my hands on one of the signature bags made of old military canvas and British saddlery leather. I must however leave room to mention Roomi Apparel. Designed by the talented husband of Emily Griffin, the woman behind Mahala, Roomi Apparel is a new unisex brand made in East London. Colourful coats on the left hand rail below suited both the tall men and petite women that tried them. One sustainable size fits all.
Stocked at Mahala, follow Roomi Apparel on Instagram here
The real deal in retro arm candy
I’m a shoe woman, but exhibitors in my Fair Fashion pop up converted me into a bag lady. I rarely buy bags, but Salvo Fair had me spending on salvaged and vintage arm candy including this ’50s Corde bag with rare lucite handles.
Bag from Mary Jones Vintage worn with my ’70s jumpsuit from Snooper’s Attic, Snooper’s Paradise, 7-8 Kensington Gardens, Brighton.
Conscious shopping with Chris Holmes Antiques
Also a bag of sorts… this French antique hod from Avignon was worn on grape pickers’ backs in the ’20s. Hand painted with Chateau Neuf Du-Pape – until the 14th Century the Pope resided in Avignon and this is the crest representing his vineyard.
We thought it would make a special statement piece in our patio that could double as an ice bucket for parties! I’ll be revealing more of my flat and the reclaimed renovation project soon.
Chris Holmes Antiques
Grand Clearance Auctions
Fresh from the fair field, exhibitor Insitu is organising a clearance auction in Manchester on Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th July 2017. Clearing stock ready for the final stage of renovations to their Italianate style Grade II listed Victorian building. Auctions are a great place to pick up rare pieces at good prices.
Insitu / find future auctions on Salvo
Vintage furniture house Metroretro
Saxon of Metroretro dressed London’s Sky Garden with his bespoke collection of reclaimed furniture and this weekend he dressed the Silo at Salvo pop up restaurant. Also a regular at Modern Shows, look out for Metroretro with mid-mod and industrial pieces at Midcentury East on Sunday 15th October 2017.
Metroretro / Midcentury East
The all-electric pollution free supercar
EVision Supercars is the first UK chauffeur-driven car hire service that chauffeur in London with a nationwide fleet that exclusively comprises of all-electric, Tesla.
A conscious alternative for a luxurious airport transfer or a special event (the white gullwing Model X is popular for weddings).
They also offer self-drive hire so you can experience electric as the new car era ushers in.
©photographs Reclaimed Woman