Eclectic Design Ideas from Antic London
South London pub collective Antic have an eye for the potential in neglected properties, transforming them into watering holes for young and trendies whilst paying homage to the original character of the buildings. The Antic signature style juxtaposes eclectic vintage decor with original and industrial features such as exposed beams, cobbled floors and worn brick walls. “Our design influence is generally directed by the architecture and history of the building we are working on. We strip the building back, sometimes to bare brick and reveal the structure and original features,” explains Antic Head of Design, Dunia Goymer. “The design team then blend rich colours, vintage style wallpapers and quirky artefacts with a modern, urban edge to create the unique Antic aesthetic. It is very important for us to reflect and respect the history and most of all keep the integrity of the building.” Often, the original purpose of a location is its primary feature. Tooting’s popular Tram and Social is a quirky bar standing in an immense Victorian tram shed. Recent openings from Antic certainly reflect this, often in a rather tongue-in-cheek way.
With news that Antic has just confirmed two new pubs in Peckham, The Hope and Join the Unicorn, we thought we’d raise a real ale to Antic and take away some design ideas.
The first drinking hole on our list takes its name from a dance school that occupied the building in the late 30s. Farr’s School of Dancing is an eccentric pub featuring exposed beams, peeling wallpaper and mismatching chairs. Located in up-and-coming Dalston, the food is anything but pretentious – hearty British fare such as pie and mash, with jam roly-poly for dessert.
We like the eclectic mix of retro accessories, such as vintage radios and telephones attached to the walls, boosting the charm of the space. The funky colour pallet of red and green brightens the space, contrasting with exposed beams and industrial lighting. Like the look? Make a statement at home with a designer vintage-inspired gold-embellished wallpaper.
Boxing Hares Billiard Green Wallpaper, by Barneby Gates, £78, In Spaces
And you can never beat an original antique timepiece. We find this Nestle clock from The Antique Kitchen particularly charming.
1920s antique advertising toleware Nestle’s Milk clock, £575, The Antique Kitchen
Our second pick public house is another tongue-in-cheek Antic reclamation. The interior decor at The Job Centre incorporates a large number of locally sourced items, sourced in the bric a brac markets nearby. Eclectic paintings and old vinyls jostle with industrial elements.
Embrace industrial chic in your own home with an exposed bulb and on-trend statement factory light.
Industrial Urban Pendant Light, £150, Alexander and Pearl
For a touch of lost-and-found vintage style to compliment eclectic interiors, we like this charming picture frame set.
Hawthorne Picture Frame Set, £69, The Farthing
Take a look at the Antic website for news of their latest openings. We look forward to visiting The Hope and Join The Unicorn when they open.
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