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London letter: The polar opposite of a shopping mall

Billingsgate polished cast iron grill © westlandlondon

London East, UK - If you are lucky enough to live in the UK, chances are you have spent some time inside beautifully restored historic churches full of pristine artefacts. But have you ever been inside one where everyt...

End of an era starts the reclamation sale of the century

Everything must go Peter Watson [photo © Cox's Yard

Gloucestershire, UK - One of England's oldest and best-known reclamation yards, a landmark of the north Cotswolds, will be closing its doors for the last time at the end of October. For over twenty-five years, Cox's Arc...

Carl Willows (1947 - 2017)

Carl Willows [photo © TK Salvo

Norfolk, UK - Carl Willows, who has died aged 69, was a writer and latterly an auction expert and valuer. Willows oversaw his final sale at T W Gaze in Diss in March 2015 after twenty years in charge of architec...

Handyside urns among garden and architectural lots at auction

Handyside tazza in the auction [photo © SPA

West Sussex, UK - Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, are once again holding live and sealed bid auctions of architectural salvage, antique garden ornament, taxidermy, fossils, tribal art and modern sculpture on 1...

Eco-friendly painters in 1910, gold leaf knot stopping etc

J. Cruickshank Smith toxin-free painters in 1910 [p132 Paint and painting defects 1910

Highlands, UK - The Painters Magazine, a US publication of 1914, seemed more concerned about semantics than technology in its review of J Cruickshank Smith's book Paint And Painting Defects. '… an English writer,...

Back to school with Midcentury East

Planet of the Apes 1970 film poster from exhibitor ©Orson & Welles

London West, UK - Run, don't walk through the gates of Goldfinger's Haggerston School when the Midcentury East show returns to the London Borough of Hackney on 15 October 2017 - for pieces like this psychedelic film po...

Revolving summerhouse revival in Hereford

Boulton & Paul summerhouse [credit Warehouse 701

Hereford & Worcs, UK - Warehouse 701 (formerly Wye Valley Reclamation) spent 240 hours reviving a Boulton & Paul summerhouse from the 'ground up' using around 950 traditional square nails and a load of wood. The company has...

Reclaimed railway sleeper ideas, BIG and Soho House

Kimball Art Centre project [credit Kilgraney/BIG

Nottinghamshire, UK - Just noticed that Kilgraney Railway Sleepers has pages on its website proclaiming the 'world's largest collection of railway sleeper projects and ideas library'. The gamut runs from the obvious - recl...

Modern design sales starting at Dawson's under Mark Hill

Mark Hill (credit MH)

Berkshire, UK - Dawson's has announced that Mark Hill is joining the team as a specialist consultant. He will be holding biannual modern and contemporary design auctions, starting on 2nd December, and a specialist va...

Lessons in deconstruction from Portland

City of Portland seal

Oregon, USA - Deconstruction is the green alternative to wasteful demolition. It means carefully taking structures apart in the reverse order they were built so high quality materials can be reused. The environm...

 
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