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Buying antiques


Invisible Collection launches ClubRoom: a ready-to-buy selection of curated pieces for the home

Offering contemporary and vintage furniture and accessories, ClubRoom is a new manifestation of the highly sought-after aesthetic offered by Invisible Collection.

Interior designer Lucas Rufin opens a selling exhibition of 10 pieces

The newly-established interior designer is hosting an exhibition of 10 objects which demonstrate his style and eye: a way of launching himself into the world of interior design.

The joy of house clearance sales, attic sales, and iconic collection sales

Fiona McKenzie Johnston explores the sales where you can buy everything from bargain bed hangings to veritable treasures, and the impact such sales can have on our taste

What to collect for maximum impact in a well-layered interior

Fiona McKenzie Johnston gets into the nitty gritty of classical antiquities, Islamic art, armour, Chinese porcelain and more - and tells us what to buy and where to find it

Nine designers share their favourite auction houses

Auction houses are one of the best resources for unearthing interesting and rare antique furniture but would you know where to go? We’ve asked nine interior designers to share their favourites
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Where our editors buy their vintage and antique furniture online

Whether you're hunting for Staffordshire dogs or bobbin mirrors, bamboo side tables or toleware lights, here are the top places to look

Katharine Pole on how to collect the vital textiles for every interior

With such a dizzying array of textiles on offer to deck out a British home, it can be a daunting prospect knowing where to begin. Luckily, textile expert Katharine Pole has some advice. Her first tip? Start looking across the Channel…

Antique of the week: why the Anglepoise lamp has never gone out of style

Dating from the 1930s, the original Anglepoise lamp was a feat of engineering. Jane Audas details how to spot a real one–and why we should care
Buying antiques

A guide to collectible British antique ceramics and porcelain

Antique ceramics and porcelain are always beautiful (and often relatively affordable) things to collect. Fiona McKenzie Johnston offers a comprehensive guide to everything from lustreware to studio pottery
Rita Konig's guide to decorating

Rita Notes: how to treasure hunt in junk & antique shops

Interior designer Rita Konig's guide to buying antiques and second-hand furniture, plus her favourite sources

Nostalgic 1970s buys for your house

Disco age interiors are the name of the game in 2022

What will become the must-have antiques of the future?

Antiques are – forgive us for stating the obvious – old by their very definition, but they weren’t always that way, of course. So what, today, will be considered collectible by furniture aficionados in the future?

Design icons: Isamu Noguchi's coffee table is where art and function meet

Continuing our series on timeless icons of the design world, Serena Fokschaner delves into the life of Isamu Noguchi and the influences that led to his most renowned design: the coffee table

Antique of the week: a wander through the history of Swedish flatweave rugs

Swedish flatweave rugs are still an under-appreciated textile in antique circles but often to see them is to love them. Prices are still pretty good, some in the hundreds rather than the thousands, so why not treat your feet?