Saturday, 11 December 2010

1stdibs Fashion & Furniture

Above: vintage Azzedine Alaïa leather skirt.

1STDIBS.COM is a sort of search engine for predominantly twentieth century fashion, jewellery, furniture and art for sale. You can use it to search the stock of some of the world's leading dealers, like the brilliant Decoratum in London. Even if you don't intend to buy anything it is fascinating to browse the site looking at the things for sale, from the vintage fashion to the contemporary classic furniture. They also have good features on various designers and creators, as well information about current art/design exhibitions. And in case you need a further reason to have a look, Tom Ford was quoted in a recent interview as saying the main things he uses his computer for are browsing and watching straight porn. Make of that what you will.

I've picked out a selection of cool fashion and furniture things which are currently on the site.

More vintage Alaïa from the 80s and 90s:

Jean Paul Gaultier:

Christian Lacroix:

Emilio Pucci:

There is lots of vintage Yves Saint Laurent:

Alexander McQueen:

Vintage Chanel... this bag is beautiful:

Vintage Chanel gold chain in lucite:

Chanel 'pop art' earrings:

Vintage Chanel Haute Couture ring:

Chanel ski:

Vintage Balenciaga from 1962.. wonder if this was the archive reference that Ghesquière used for his amazing SS08 Balenciaga florals collection?

Vintage Valentino Basquiat bag:

Forgot to write down who this amazing Egyptian necklace is by:


Paco Rabanne:

Paco Rabanne zodiac necklace:

Pierre Cardin:

Futuristic Cardin watch:

1980s Givenchy:

Thierry Mugler:

Vintage Jean-Charles de Castelbajac blanket coat and beret coat:

Emilio Pucci cushions:

Campana Brothers chair:

Rare Arne Jacobsen swan chair on wooden legs instead of a single metal support:

Arne Jacobsen 4130 chairs, 1957 originals:

Original Arne Jacobsen Giraffe chairs from the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen:

Original Eero Aarnio Pony chair from 1973:

Studio 65's Capitello chair:

Superonda Wave Sofa by Archizoom:

Willy Guhl concrete planters:

Vico Magistretti Atollo lamps:

Beautiful and very rare 1950s Finland coffee set by Saara Hopea-Untracht:

Detail of a Paco Rabanne white leather and metal rivet bedspread...groovy:

Rolf Sinnemark teapot:

Pair of Stefan Zwicky's concrete Corubiser chairs:

1980s Italian sideboard:

Joe Colombo Stella Chairs, 1953:

Multi-function 'kitchen robot,' 1950s Italy:

Rosewood and perspex executive desk, 1960s France:

Lioness serving tray, 1930s Czech Republic:

Pierre Cardin glassware:

Michael Graves for Swid Powell tea set:

Richard Meier for Swid Powell Skyscraper bowl:

See all of this and more at 1STDIBS.COM.

PS. thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has emailed/tweeted at me, or commented on the blog, to let me know about a *certain* Raf Simons jacket that has popped up for sale recently. Auction ends on Sunday...I literally cannot think about anything else at the moment!


  1. the Eero Aarnio Pony chair is funny, looks like it would be knocking about in a primary school. some nice furniture for me to see here. nice one.

    hope you bag the jacket

  2. hi, this is tom ford. wanna meet me for breakfast? lol

  3. thanks for sharing...i'm bookmarking this now!

  4. Oh my God! I think I'm in love with the black leather dress with the goldern zips! Awesome, I want, it's so sexy! :)

  5. I want ALL the leather pieces!

  6. these are such awesome pieces!

    Lovely blog!


  7. omg I got lost browsing through so many treasures!
    what a selection tnx for sharing!!!

  8. The Goyard suitcase is worth the investment :)