Thursday, April 26, 2012

New Dealer - Studio 44

The Old Cinema would like to welcome Studio 44 to the ground floor showroom at the rear of the shop! Lucy Salem, owner of Studio 44, ran a stall in Portobello market for many years, and her grandmother was an interior decorator with her own shop in William Street, Knightsbridge. Lucy has worked in the fashion industry alongside contemporary designers such as Penelope Chilvers, and believes that 'it’s the details that make a home – the special pieces that say something about the person.' We think that Lucy's use of bold colours, texture and print work perfectly with her range of vintage furniture and lighting! Come and check it out this weekend x

Thursday, April 19, 2012

New Dealer - Simon Pugh

The Old Cinema welcomes new dealer Simon Pugh to his space on the ground floor' just past our main reception area. Simon began many years ago as a porter and valuer at Christies. From there, he went on to deal antiques and design his own furniture from premises in Lillie Road and Walton Street.  He has considerable expertise in Georgian, Victorian and 20th century goods, spending the last five years sourcing specialist pieces for stores including Paul Smith, Hackett, Cath Kidston and Jigsaw.

Simon's view on design is 'I always like mixing old with new.  I have a weakness for 1970s chrome and leather, and for classic Heals design'.
Simon currently has a fantastic selection of retro furniture and accessories (including pieces by the famouse Merrow Associates), and a rare complete 66 volume set of 1950s Jazz books!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Apprentice @ The Old Cinema

It was great fun appearing on last night's episode of The Apprentice. Lord Sugar and the teams spent a day filming with us last year, we even managed to sell something to Nick Hewer. Our showrooms provided the ideal backdrop as candidates got inspiration for their own upcycled furniture to sell in pop-up boutiques in Brick Lane.  Congratulations to Team Phoenix for winning the task!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

100 Best Shops - Retail Week

The Old Cinema was recently named in the World's '100 Best Shops' by Retail Week.  Top retail CEO's were asked to reveal their favourite shops that 'truly inspire'. We are delighted and proud to be listed alongside Liberty, Anthropologie, Jack Wills and many more, from New York to Tokyo to the Champs-Elysee, Paris. A special thanks to Holly Tucker, chief executive of, who said, 'this is a beautiful interiors shop full of creative and unique styles. Based in a refurbished 1890s cinema, shopping here is a real experience'.