Modern Vintage in Camden Passage.
On a recent (and finally, sunny) Saturday morning walking through Islington with the family, I stepped into a corner shop that I have passed by previously without the time to investigate beyond the window displays. I was in luck as the owner himself was there. He is a charming man named Thomas who happens to be a German ex-pat living here in London.
Thomas has been passionately collecting and selling porcelain, glassware and silverware for years. We definitely share the same philosophy regarding well-made and well-designed vintage pieces having a definitive place in the modern home. I found myself focusing on the glassware on this visit. When you pick up his glassware, you can really feel a difference between the way glassware was made and the way most of our “mass” glassware feels these days. The prices are reasonable for such unique, finely-crafted stemware made of lead crystal and hand-blown upwards of 50 years ago.
I will post again about Thomas and his amazing shops in the near future as I plan to take some time with him to pick out some champagne glasses for our home. I will also take you further into the world of glassmaking in future posts. In the meantime, you can find a link to Thomas’ newly launched website here or just visit him at one of his shops here in London. If you do visit his store in Camden Passage, make sure to walk a bit further on for a pit stop at Kipferl for a proper cup of Viennese coffee and something sweet.