Five of the best: Places for furniture
Featuring Trash Furnishing, Moleta Munro, Bra Bohag, Funked Up Junk and Fun Makes Good
Caroline Key (check out her guide to furniture-buying) artfully restores vintage classics such as schoolroom chairs, writing desks and mirrors, adding modern motifs and the occasional splash of colour. Ercol dining chairs get funky black legs, Victorian library chairs are revived with yellow piping.
4 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DT, 557 4800, moletamunro.com
Mmmmm, drool over the latest Scandinavian, Italian and British-designed lighting, furniture, rugs and textiles. Weep over a Carl Hansen chair. Stroke the SCP shelving units. Possibly buy an egg cup.
150 Easter Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5RL, 07808 808033, brabohag.com
Lovingly sourced and renovated mid-century furniture, artfully displayed with same-era artwork and ceramics. All the big names are here – Arne Jacobsen, G Plan, Denby. Sideboards, daybeds and coffee tables have never looked so desirable.
Funked Up Junk
Wonderwoman on a dressing table, Superman on the legs of a kitchen stool … Pieces such as a 1950s telephone table that were pretty cool originally get an even more bonkers makeover with extensive vintage comic decoupage, period newspaper collage work or just a coat of electric pink paint.
Fun Makes Good
Glasgow-based textile designer and upholsterer Eleanor Young (see profile) reinvigorates old pieces of furniture with a bold colour palate and origami-inspired shapes. Her geometric patchwork pouffes would brighten up any bachelor pad, while the swallow pattern dining room chairs would make the hardest heart smile. Which is rather the point of her work.