Archive for 2014


Danny Lane’s Glass table comes to
The Old Cinema

Posted Dec 11th, 2014 by The Old Cinema

This week's new arrival, the Shell Coffee Table by world renowned glass artist Danny Lane is stunning. This lovely piece of furniture is a hand sculptured work of art, featuring a 15mm thick glass top. The base is made of five, 12mm thick glass elements, four of which are beautifully curved, giving the impression of melting slabs of ice. All of these seperate elements are held together by two sturdy stainless steel dividers, which, despite their industrial nature, look almost as delicate as the rest of the table. The Shell Table was designed at the end of the 80's for Fiam, Italy and hasn't lost any of its beauty in the last 30+ years.









"Through exploiting the strength of glass under compression and combining feats
of design and engineering, Lane produces work that has sophisticated construction
despite the apparent simplicity."



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Eat. Sleep. Rickshaw. Repeat

Posted Dec 4th, 2014 by The Old Cinema

There are many ways in which people begin their New Year. Some take a relaxing break before heading back into work whilst others come up with a strict gym and dietary regime (which is likely to have been ditched by the end of January). You may find yourself choosing to learn new languages, instruments or party tricks. Alternatively, you may choose to traverse the sub continent of India in a tuk tuk.




Ross, one of the members of our lovely sales team here at The Old Cinema, will be doing just this for the first two weeks of January. Accompanied by 5 companions, he will be taking part in this annual pseudo-pilgrimage from Kochi, Kerala to Jaisalmer, Rajasthan – a total distance of approximately 2800km. If you need some perspective it is the equivalent of driving from London to Moscow in a vehicle which limps to an impressive top speed of 34mph… downhill. There is no set route, no back up vehicle and no guarantee that you’ll make it to the finish line in one piece.

To familiarise yourself with this glorious machine, have a look at this quick clip from one of the teams who completed the run in 2013.

So Why?
Well over the past few months Ross and the team have been working hard fundraising for 5 very deserving charities which they are sponsoring on their adventure. They have also made sure the costs incurred in taking on India in a glorified lawnmower are completely self-funded meaning every donation they receive goes direct to their chosen charities. To date they have raised a whopping £8296.75 for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, Shivia, FISCH, Cool Earth and The Rowan Varey Memorial Fund. If you would like to contribute to this fantastic cause, please follow THIS donations link.

Throughout January, please join us as we follow Ross and the team whilst they do battle with all India can throw at them on some of the most dangerous roads in the world in their little tin can. You can find more information on Ross’ adventure, as well as information on how to donate, at the Eat. Sleep. Rickshaw Repeat website found here.

Keep an eye out for updates on Ross' progress! Good Luck!





Keep the Home Fires Burning
– Fireplaces at The Old Cinema

Posted Nov 17th, 2014 by The Old Cinema


The creeping chill of winter is upon us and soon we’ll be retreating indoors to prepare for colder months ahead. With the recent resurgence in popularity of the ‘real fire’, sales of fireplaces are soaring – and chimney sweeps have never been so busy! There is no more effective antidote to the cold weather than flames crackling in the grate and whether you yearn for a traditional wood-burning fire or stove or the convenience of a gas flame effect – or even already have a fireplace that needs updating or restoring – you can do no better than speak to the experts at English Fireplaces. If they haven’t got just what you want, they will design and make it for you.

I spoke to Mike Johnson, the proprietor of English Fireplaces which enjoys a long association with The Old Cinema, and where a collection of his hand-carved fireplaces, are displayed. I asked him about their enduring appeal: “A fireplace sets the tone of a room, providing immediate focus and can completely transform it” says Mike. He adds; “With the cost of fuel rising fast wood-burning stoves are becoming a viable alternative to traditional heating and often don’t cost as much as you expect”.

So what to go for? If you have a Victorian cottage should you have a fireplace to match? Mike recommends being guided by what you are drawn to. He points out; “ Tastes have become much more eclectic now; Georgian houses wouldn’t have had a TV but we don’t see that as a problem. Go for what you like and try not to get too hung up on matching style or period. Their appeal is not confined to old houses – many people buying new-build homes install fireplaces to add vibrant character to an otherwise bland living area.

All English Fireplaces are hand-carved by a talented and experienced team using natural materials; mainly carrara white marble, or aegean limestone. Bespoke pieces can also be made to a client’s brief; whether that’s reproducing a period original or creating an entirely new, contemporary piece.


The EFC collection ranges from the simple, contemporary lines of the ‘Arlington’, shown here (left) carved in limestone, to the magnificently elaborate ‘Louis Pompadour’ in carrara marble (centre), and bespoke pieces such as 'Ciano' (right) ; carved in Egyptian yellow marble.

Buying a fireplace can seem daunting, but the EFC will do it all for you; from initial survey to final installation. Choosing your surrounds, inserts, grates and hearths is made easy by the virtual ‘build’ facility on the website which allows you to try out ‘combinations’ before you buy. Competitively priced, the quality of is second to none, and if you don’t like anything you buy, for whatever reason, you can return it for a full refund!

So, if you don’t want to be left out in the cold, get a no-obligation quote and make this winter one to look forward to. This in an investment you will never regret.

English Fireplaces; Tel: 01730897600


The Search For Enlightenment

Posted Oct 31st, 2014 by The Old Cinema


We have reached that time of year when, for a select few of us, the pendulum of our grandfather clock had to be silenced for an hour. Here at The Old Cinema, we have been busy with whole cabinets of ticking things and tiny keys. Even those with clocks that magically change overnight are to be thrown into darkness as the evenings creep in earlier. For those looking to find some salvation during the long winter months, we have reinvigorated our lighting stock of all styles and sizes to brighten up the gloomiest of rooms. Our website has been lit up with our newest acquisitions, sourced from all corners of the World, and through all of the eras since Edison’s bright idea. To see out the final few days of sunlight on your way home from work, we have compiled the highlights of our dealers’ offerings for when things need a little more shine.

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1930's 18 Light French Chandelier



1950's Mathieu Mategot Lantern Chandelier


If it is immediate illumination that you are looking for – that glowing beacon to guide you home through the brisk night air – a classic chandelier makes a timely addition to an entrance of any size. For the grandest of first impressions, this original 1930's French chandelier will warm the most frozen of guests to pass under its 18 candles. If one doesn’t quite do the trick, these Art Deco opaque Perspex bowls have caught the eye of many a refined individual in their 80 years of service, and with six available, you could light up a whole wing.

1950's Italian Patinated Bronze Wall Lanterns

This Mid-century offering, with its elegant brass frame, parchment shades and hand-painted steel mesh, was designed by Mathieu Mategot (1910-2001, Hungary) for Arlus in the 50's, and is a rare find straight out of the design books. Style it with this pair of patinated bronze lanterns from 1950's Italy, with their individual glass planes for a striped effect; or stick with 50's France and this pair or mirror backed wall lights, for the Russian that can't skip superstition and must steal a last glance before leaving the house.

Ines Cole Steel Ring Chandelier

For the understated entrance, this 1930's French basket chandelier, with its four lights and delicate clear crystal, will brighten up the smallest of hallways. This old, industrial ship’s lantern has guided whole histories home through the heaviest of storms. The longest of corridors can be lined with a stretch of glass pendants from Ines Cole’s latest collection, a minimal look for maximum illumination; or scale it up with the new installation, complete with vintage pulley and rope. Visit her redesigned space in our showroom to take in the full picture.


Living Room

The light for your living room is the one to enjoy the most, so add some colour to a room and lift the mood this winter. This 1930's 5 branch chandelier with its multi-coloured shades is quintessentially British, and can be complimented with this phenolic table lamp/photo frame combo of the same era.

1930's British Multi-coloured Chandelier

If you prefer the traditional side of 1930's design, we suggest this pair – intricate rose detail on caramel phenolic columns topped with pink fluted glass shades. For a soft touch, these 1960's Poole Pottery ceramic lamps come with silk shades; or for those that like it rough, this 70's chiseled marble lamp from France.

Range of Floor Lamps  

At The Old Cinema, we see a lot of theatre and film lighting, but few compare to the iconic Mole Richardson Grande, mounted on a vintage wood and brass tripod (then there's the mini).

Floor lamps are a plenty, from some sleek teak from 1970's Denmark, to the other side of retro Europe and this brass and glass ball design.

What's the fastest way to WOW your guests?
Neon letters on a fiery car bonnet.

Wow Close-Up


Dining Room

Whether you are looking to light up a drop-leaf table or an 18ft behemoth, pay a visit to our showroom and take a look up – but mind the step. For the grandest of evenings, the elegance of Art Deco never fails to impress when reflected in polished walnut: this 1930′s French polished aluminium chandelier is adorned with frosted bowls and intricately cut glass icicles, ideal for the host that enjoys a cold snap.


Art Deco French Polished Aluminium Chandelier with Frosted Glass Bowls and Cut Glass Icicles c.1930


In need of something warmer as the winter takes hold, flick back a chapter in French history with this 1910 brass basket and its impressive glass pendant above the finest of mahogany. For the full French set, these 1960's brass and gun metal wall lights.

The polished chrome and glass of our Mid-century
chandeliers are an eye-catching addition for the more design-orientated shopper. For rooms with a bit more height, a cascade chandelier over a round table permits the chance to fully appreciate a light verging on an art installation. 

French Basket Chandelier c.1910

This cloud of glass orbs is attributed to Sciolari, whilst this fountain of glass streaked with a dark shade of cherry suggests 1970's Venini, and both look equally as impressive when the lights are off.



When it comes to the kitchen, we love a bit of industrial – polished steel, aluminium, chrome, and waxed wood – with our range of factory lighting available in all shapes and sizes. We particularly like the brilliant red of this Soviet Era Polish warehouse light. We’ve plenty of the usual suspects too: enamel shades, hanger lights, fluorescent strips and heavy steel lanterns.

Upcycled Bottle Chandelier by Old Iron

For those looking for a more unique range of lighting, we have a wide variety of Upcycled creations chained to the rafters of our showroom, such as this glass bottle chandelier from Old Iron, or the cages and copper trumpets from Antiques By Design. Ines Cole has sourced these vintage copper pendants, perfect for over a breakfast bar or kitchen island.

Keep things simple with the clinical look of the milk glass shades and polished chrome on this 1930's British design, which works well with this 1970's opaque glass dome floor lamp; or go for something more colourful, these mosaic glass hanging lanterns offer up an Indian summer in the heart of an English winter.

And, obviously, the 1970's Pineapple table lamp attributed to Maison Charles, France.



1960's French 8 Light Chandelier

When in need of some light to brighten up the dusty first editions and shelves upon shelves of leather bound classics, we try to stay true to tradition and keep it original with 8 candles and the cut crystal bowls of this 1960's French silver chandelier. Our range of reproduction lights offer the chance to own a Maria Theresa or a Louis XV, for those that simply do not have the time to visit their local 19th Century French manor house clearance – a modern interpretation of a classic design takes on its own unique look with 8 glass arms and brass decoration.

Art Deco French Lantern c.1930 by Atelier Petito, Lyon

This Art Deco lantern from Atelier Petito, Lyon, with its curved shades and green glass rods, would suit a traditional study, hanging above a green leather-topped pedestal desk and an antique bankers lamp. Maybe ditch the old lamp for this exquisite Modernist Charlotte Perriand design from the same period, and hang the lantern alongside the deep emerald glass of these mirror-backed wall lights from our side of the channel.

For those whose study is kept locked at all times, the desk lamps from Antiques By Design, concocted from an endless trunk of curios, make an office all the more personal.

Antiques By Design Upcycled Table Lamps



The light for your bedroom is the most critical choice: it will be the first thing that you see when you open your eyes in the morning, and will be imperative to your routine now that opening the curtains doesn't work as well as it used to. For Him, this Sarfatti design from the 50’s makes the most of little; 

for Her, this 1960’s Italian chiselled glass sputnik, possibly from Fontane Arte, or this 1950's East German design at the other end of the price scale.

1950's/60's Brass and Glass Floral Sputnik from East Germany


They look pretty good alongside this 40's mirror-glass floor lamp with glass flower detailing. And for the couple? We feel that this pair of Czech smoked cut glass table lamps and Italian grey glass and twin bulb wall lights, both from the 60's, will make both sides of the bed a little easier to get out of in the morning.



Dealer Spotlight: Mark Purkiss

Posted Aug 15th, 2014 by The Old Cinema

From fire-fighting to French polishing… but you'll be lucky to meet him in person!

Mark Purkis, one of The Old Cinema’s most long-standing dealers, is so charmingly self-deprecating, he seems surprised at the success of his eclectic but fascinating collection. I was first struck by his impressive range of American polished steel cabinets in various shapes and sizes but Mark also deals in traditional painted dressers and armoires, 1970’s teak sideboards and coffee tables; some beautiful Arts & Crafts pieces, and has a selection of rather handy 19th century chests and blanket boxes.

Retro-style office items are increasingly popular – pick up an anglepoise lamp, a tambour cabinet or an old-style telephone in one of many colours.

1950's American Polished Steel Cabinet


Perhaps most quirky of all, there is even a striking set of station scales used in bygone days when passengers apparently used to like to weigh themselves on station platforms. I would rather eat my copy of Metro than weigh myself on a station platform – but they would perhaps offer a rather amusing and unusual icebreaker to a bachelor pad.

Somewhat belying his diffidence, Mark is one of The Old Cinema’s favourite dealers. Just the mention of his name brings a smile to the faces of the staff; “Oh yes, Mark, he’s such a nice chap – we love Mark”. When I arrive for our meeting and ask Fleur on the front desk if Mark’s here yet, she beams at me: “He’s here; he’s just bought us all coffee – I’ll take you up to him!”




19thC Bank of Old Shop Lockers


1920's Painted Stacking Bookcase

We find Mark – tall, slim, quietly spoken, and with an air of slightly nervous bemusement – overseeing a delivery. I am introduced to his companion, BB; a tiny, trembling and exquisitely beautiful Italian greyhound, a regular star on the shop's Instagram.

We settle into a pair of French leather club armchairs, with BB pressed against my leg, staring at me beseechingly. I ask Mark how he got involved in all this, wondering if he had a childhood passion for collecting, or maybe a relative in the business?

19thC French Painted Chest of Drawers

It seems not, and in fact, slightly to his own surprise, he found himself training and working as a fireman for several years before he got bored with putting out fires and packed in the hose and helmet to go travelling in Asia. On his return he bought a flat and started doing it up, finding he rather enjoyed the process – which, it seems, is where it all began.

Chest from Natural History Museum

Mark has a keen eye for what will sell, even if it’s discarded and broken, and will spend hours fixing, stripping, polishing or re-painting it. I get the impression he is something of a perfectionist; he points to the pair of Bauhaus-style, painted chests from a factory in Berlin.

“They will go soon, they’re wonderful but they took a long time to paint because it has to be done properly." The result is striking, and whilst we talk, people stop to admire them.

Old haberdashers’ cabinets also sell well, some recently sourced from Selfridges, and Mark recalls a finely-clad customer who bought one for his shoe collection – a different pair in each drawer!

1970's Upcycled Teak Sideboard

Like many dealers, Mark dislikes the business of selling and is happy leaving it to The Old Cinema experts. Does he have any other interests? He is unwilling to commit on this but does admit to photography and has recently completed a series of street scenes in the Middle East, where his daughter works as a journalist. I suspect he’s rather good at it but, of course, he adamantly denies this.


Zanzibar Chest circa 1800

Sensing that he is keen to get on, I thank him for his time and he springs up, appearing slightly relieved. One last question – does he have a headshot we can use for this piece? A look of alarm crosses his face, but he is ready for me: “No, I’ve checked, I don’t need to have one” he says quickly. “Oh pleeeease”, I entreat, but he is firm; all he will allow is a picture of his dog. He then disappears into his cavern of treasures with BB and you’ll have to take my word for it – it really is worth a visit.

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The Old Cinema deals in mostly one-time, individual items. Our dealers are constantly sourcing new stock, so get in touch via our website for help finding similar pieces.


The Old Cinema summer sale!

Posted Jul 4th, 2014 by The Old Cinema


It's sale time at The Old Cinema! All of our stock is reduced, with discounts of up to 25%. Why not take the afternoon to stroll around Chiswick in the sunshine and come visit us in-store to grab your unique bargain before the end of the month? We've got something for everyone – raging from colorful vintage buoys to antique leather topped desks!


Kevin McCloud’s Grand Recycling Project takes off at The Old Cinema

Posted Apr 24th, 2014 by The Old Cinema

The Old Cinema is familiar with the media spotlight; items from its collection often feature in films and shoots; style editors are inspired to wax lyrical over its unique brand of retro chic, and a tidy number of well-known names and faces wander regularly through its doors.

So it comes as no surprise that when Kevin McCloud and his team at Channel 4 were masterminding the biggest and most ambitious recycling project ever undertaken; they asked The Old Cinema to get involved.

In a 90 minute special, Kevin brings three designers to an old aircraft hangar in Middlesex where they are presented with a de-commissioned Air France Airbus A320 and challenged to find a use for every single piece, using every atom of creativity and ingenuity they can conjure up . Lift-off is announced and and no rivet is left unturned in the frenzied effort to find a practical use for wings, trolleys, table-trays, windows, lockers and doors.

The results are remarkable; storage units, magazine racks, lamps, tables, stools, egg cups, toast-racks and even items of jewellery were designed, modified and completed in record time. The Old Cinema has taken a consignment of some of the most original and interesting pieces, including this extraordinary cabinet made of shelves and lockers housed in part of the aeroplane shell. Apart from this there are ingeniously crafted egg-cups and toast racks, tables and trays, and even some rather interesting jewellery.

And it’s all in a good cause – proceeds from items sold will help to raise money for NCCA UK, a charity which supports those affected by or with neuroblastoma – a rare form of children’s cancer.

This is transformation on an unprecedented scale and reinforces the British love of finding new life for old things, in a sometimes eccentric, but often entirely practical way – don’t miss out, come along and have a look.

Kevin's Supersized Salvage will be shown at 9pm on Channel 4, on Thursday the 24th April.


Gearbox Records at The Old Cinema on Saturday 29th March

Posted Mar 27th, 2014 by The Old Cinema

Audiophile vinyl record label Gearbox Records set up store for one day only on Saturday 29th March at The Old Cinema 160 Chiswick High Road London W4 1PR from 10am to 6pm.On sale will be their high quality and previously unreleased vinyl cuts as well as new recordings by contemporary artists.