Friday, March 02, 2007

Retrouvius on Form

Adam Hills and Pippa Small (centre) of Retrouvius talking to customers on their stand at Form 07 at Olympia London, open till Sunday

Olympia, London UK - AMONG the art salvage stands at this new exhibition were Riviere (an offshoot of Robert Young antiques) found art whimsy, Rabih Hage salvaged wood uncomforatble armchairs, a stand of colourful Kyrgyzstan Felt shyrdaks or rugs, and Retrouvius who, at the opening last night, sold a load of stuff including a portoro gold and black marble bolection fireplace to a London antique shop.

Retrouvius used travertine slabs from Paul Smith's shop as flooring, lamps from the old Rover works at Longbridge, tables and stools topped with old enamel London underground signs, and old charts and maps hung on the walls. They also have a re-edition of a 1948 Ernest Race rocking chair looking contemporary but with a 50's vibe.

Shane O'Neill, top antique statuary dealer, was heard to say as he passed by, "This is so exciting - a breath of fresh air." Adam Hills of Retrouvius said, "This kind of fair is definitely the future. It needs refining a bit. There is some bad art which needs to be got rid of. There is also a lot of old stuff. I sold two armchairs Victorian chairs last night."

Form 2007

Below: Polished and rewired Anglepoise lamp, £195. Canvas charts and maps from 1890 to 1950, French and German, £100. Industrial steel drawers, powder coated or lacquered steel, £895. Reclaimed wood table with enamelled steel Northern Line map, £1,234. Coated welded steel bar rocking chair designed in 1948 by Ernest Race of Race Furniture who have put these back into production exclusively for Retrouvius, £395.

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