Sunday, 11 April 2010

Lots Rd Auctions.

Lots Rd

Scrolling through the online catalogue for Lots Rd Auctions is one of my favourite things to do on a Sunday morning, whilst drinking a vat of coffee. Every Sunday in Chelsea, what I imagine to be the former possessions of the wealthy Chelsea boho set are auctioned off. For instance, today's auction includes a number of Louis XV style commodes, covered in a decoupage of comic books. The kind of thing I can imagine Jonathan Ross and Jane Goldman doing for fun.

But amid the gross vulgarity are some awesome finds. My favourites are pictured above. Odd, heart-shaped chest of drawers? Strange, but my inner Mariah likes it. Arco style lamp? Come to mama. Set of OMK dining chairs? Come into my life, I've got so much love to show you. And despite the distressed frames, I think I could find a place for these armchairs.

For unusual pieces with a real history, there is quite a bit of Art Deco stuff from the Savoy hotel sale floating around, such as this lovely dressing table. And there are plenty of more practical, everyday things such as this coffee table and lamp console set. (There's also a matching dining table being sold separately.) As a lot of this stuff is under £300, there are some great bargains to be found, and it certainly beats buying the usual IKEA style identikit stuff. You're welcome!


  1. Everyone should release their inner Mariah I reckon. Although I guess there are slightly more discreet ways than a giant heart shaped piece of furniture, heh.

    How did I not know this existed?! So fun. I not long ago found out about the Conway Hall piano auctions which sound completely brilliant too. I so want to go to an auction. It'd be just like ebay, although I guess the advantage of ebay is that it's not real money you're spending on there... that's my theory and i''m sticking to it anyway.

  2. I tried to buy some furniture at Lots Rd when I moved to England, but I'm finding the whole auction thing difficult - others seemed so much quicker and more resolute. But it's still fun being there.

  3. This is a great tip, thank you! I was wondering what happened to the Savoy stuff, that dressing tables was a steal!