Retro Delights

Chairs, Collections, Design, Furniture, Home Decor, Industrial, Mid-Century, Photographs, Shops

New Work Digs – a bit of a distraction?

After spending the last five years working from home, I decided it was time to mix things up and look for a new environment to work from. Ok that is not totally true… if I am to be 100% honest here, my main motivations to work away from home were: + I was starting to feel a bit trapped within the walls of my house + I was needing a clearly defined separation between my work, study and home life + The days would roll by, weekends would come and go, and I started to feel like I was  ...

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Brands, Design

Knock Knock! Anyone home?

Yes I am! Sincere apologies for my absence over the past 12 months! I have been in the background making updates to the Retro Delights Facebook page, but over the past year I have had to rearrange some priorities/time to fit in being a full time student! But please know that my love of all things vintage and retro has not diminished at all during this time. While studying, I have also been working on multiple design projects, and yes many of them have a retro vibe goin’ on!! So to  ...

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Brands, Design

‘Up We Pop’ Logo Design

This week I was asked to design a logo to use on printed, online marketing materials and a shop window for One Small Room’s ‘Up We Pop’ Shop. The key was to create a design that worked with the existing OSR brand, but also something that portrayed the style and products of OSR, and the ‘pop up’ shop concept overall. Considering OSR specialises in vintage industrial and upmarket design, I decided to create a logo that had a vintage sign look and feel about it.  ...

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Craft, Design, Events, Shops

Sweaters for shivering teapots!

Tucked down a little side lane off Hindley Street you will find the sweetest gallery, tea house come magazine specialty store called Magazine Gallery! I’d heard so much about this place through my tea blender friend Cherie (from Scullery Made Tea), so when I saw the exhibition “Folk Art Fanfare” pop up in my new feed on Facebook, I was already there! The exhibition was to feature the crafty skills of Adelaide’s Yarn Bombers and their take on the modern tea cosy. I  ...

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Design, Mini Designer Chairs, Second Hand Finds

My Shadow Box

The weather was pretty wild and wooly today, so I spent the day pottering around the Messagemark studio boxing up greeting cards, sorting out bills and moving furniture around! I finally found a spot to hang my shadow box (Ebay purchase) to display my mini designer chairs! Retro shadow boxes are the ideal solution for showing off your collection so I recommend you set up a search on Ebay and nab one if you have a chair fetish like me! I still have some mini designer chairs available priced  ...

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Collections, Design, Home Decor

Teapot Crush!

It’s official I have a Teapot Crush. Mmmmmm, I am addicted to tea and the whole ritual of making it in a pot, so that could be the reason! But there is something about the shape and design of a teapot. Search ‘teapot’ on Ebay and you will be treated to a vast collection, but the best designs I believe were made in the 1960s. There are a handful of designers like Orla Kiely, Marimekko and Surface Art who are influenced by this decade, and successfully combine our modern day  ...

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