Old School furniture like these stools are the very reason I have decided to open an online shop.
As I'm typing now I'm sitting on one of these old art department stools at my chunky 1970's battered school woodwork bench (complete with vice holes) in my kitchen, I think its safe to say I LOVE old school furniture. Here's the reason why…
- Old school furniture is extremely well made, lets face it many pieces have survived years and years of abuse and the demands of busy school life, they have been seriously broken in, test driven and made into one of a kind pieces of furniture that will look fabulous outside of a school classroom.
Now okay, old school furniture isn't pretty… I like to think of it as more masculine, complete with battle scars! Simple functional straight lines, more of an unfussy industrial look, but it's solid and made to last. Usually made from hardwoods such as oak and beech with strong joints.
I suppose you might be wondering why on earth you would want such a piece of furniture in your home? Well let me tell you… with a little bit of love, whilst being careful not to remove its history, a table top or stool seat can tell a story by itself.. these pieces can add real personality to your home, no two pieces are the same thanks to the pupils 'creative' minds, believe me I know, I've had to chip away chewing gum, sand off etchings of willies, swastikas and very original renditions of 'roses are red, violets are blue…'. But whats left is the good stuff, a splattering of paint or ink, a hole from a vice, the corners of stools painted so they get returned to the correct classroom, scratches and marks that have been softened over time… yes this is indeed the good stuff… you can't recreate this, And it looks blooming fab out of context, by this I mean sitting in your home.
I've very much left the tops of these stools as they are - a gentle clean where required - sometimes a touch of oil. The character stays! The legs, however, have had a bit more love… with a good slosh of high gloss colour - not unlike a top end BMX of the mid 80's! So what you are getting is a used, distressed, new, funked up bit of history… Needless to say, I'm a fan.
Something you can't see from these pictures is that some of these Stools ( White and Green ) are GLOW IN THE DARK!!! Yes, I know… AMAZING… it's something I have been wanting to do for a while - ( actually the inspiration was a 'boy-racer' revving past me one evening with glowing alloys! Soooo cool! ) It is something I will be playing with more in the future… watch this space!
Head over to the shop and check these puppies out...
* My sister Louise Ingram very kindly let me photograph the stools in her house. Lou and Caroline Saulsbury are the creative duo behind Collaboration Interiors. Their new website is going live very soon, i'll keep you posted. In the meantime you can call Louise on 07900575192 also take a look at there instagram account collaborationinteriors x