Blog/A Lesson In Vintage Accessories

vintage industrial furniture and science inspired accessories salvaged by mark rochester

Upcycled Chic and Modern Hacks, by Liz Bauwens & Alexandra Campbell, published by CICO Books, £19.99, Amazon. Photography by Simon Brown.


Mark Rochester, founder of Rochesters, expertly salvages and restores vintage industrial furniture and antiques. Naturally his own home is a showcase for many unique finds.

The study (above) perfectly demonstrates that hard-wearing vintage furniture from laboratories and school science rooms is ideal for a home office or study. A statement original piece will create a focal point, complemented by quirky and contemporary pieces in the scientific vein. Inspired by Mark Rochester’s distinctive home office, we present our lab report and a selection of unique and original ways to achieve a similar look.

5 of the best vintage industrial and contemporary furniture and accessories

Left to right: White Marble Oil Burner, £249.95, Addition Studio; Phrenology statue, £120; Periodic table, £220, Vintage Matters; Test Tube vase display, £49.96, Home and Pantry; Harlem LAB stool, £95, Alexander & Pearl