The light fantastic
I'm already planning my attack on God's Own Junkyard's neon sign pop-up at Selfridges. I want it all. And I want it now!
I’m an absolute sucker for neon art – I love its cheekiness, its vibrancy and its rock’n’roll vibe – so I’m beyond excited to hear of this super-cool new interiors installation and pop-up shop at Selfridges in London. It’s hosted by God’s Own Junkyard, the Walthamstow-based Bracey family business that’s been a long-time magnet for photography, music and fashion types. You’ll have definitely clocked the late Chris Bracey’s works in movies, music videos and magazines and now his sons Matthew and Marcus Bracey have created a collection inspired by their record collections. With Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and Elton John among their clients, you’ll certainly be in good company if you invest in a piece. And if that’s a budget-busting impossibility just think of the Instagram opps, right?
Crazy for retro kitsch? While there’s no dedicated dealer around these parts that I know of, these local interiors and arts hotspots are worth a rummage.
The Old Flight House, Weston-on-the-Green, nr Bicester, Oxon
They specialise in antiques and shabby chic, but last time I was in there was a groovy retro concession that specialises in Sixties, Seventies and kitsch.
LASSCO, Milton Common, Oxon
This architectural salvage yard does the odd “curiosity” as they put it. Great food in the adjoining pub too.
Pretty Like Pictures, Thame, Oxon
My beloved ‘We should hang something cool here’ neon installation in my lounge is courtesy of this diddy artwork and framing shop in Thame town centre.
Retro Bazaar, Milton Keynes
Get yourself kitsched up to your heart’s content and shop your preferred era, from the 50s through to the 80s. They put on events throughout the country if you’re looking to rummage in person. No neon at the mo, but keep your peepers peeled.
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