Sometimes you just need one thing to pull a whole room together. In the case of our living room, this sideboard was exactly what was needed to make it feel that bit more homely.
I’ve always loved the original G Plan style, and have dreamed of having an original 60s piece of my own. The teak wood, the boxy style, even the slim hairpin legs make up everything I imagined. After months of fruitless searching on Preloved and sites like Made.com, IKEA, West Elm and Wayfair, I’d all but given up; everything I loved was either ridiculously expensive or made of cheap MDF. But a quick search of Gumtree on a whim one Sunday morning brought up this beauty – an original 1960s G Plan, restored and in beautiful condition. We had delivered that afternoon!
After a little research, I’ve found out that this is a G Plan Tola sideboard, designed by E Gomme in the 60s. It’s made from African mahogany, with black ebonised legs and brass feets, hinges and handles. I’ve also discovered that the concertina doors are a pretty rare feature too.
I absolutely love this sideboard, it’s my new obsession. It’s incredibly spacious, so now all of our DVDs, CDs, camera and laptop equipment are hidden away, along with my sewing bits and pieces, and those pesky bits of clutter that seem to make the place look untidy. It’s all hidden! It’s swallowed up all of the jumble and has finally given the back portion of our living room a purpose, really pulling the whole room together.
Now I’m focusing on dressing the sideboard; in pride of place is this amazing gold and white midcentury-style lamp I picked up in TK Maxx, along with my gold ‘L’ from Oliver Bonas. Lewis’ copper cocktail mug is also marking the space where my vintage cocktail shaker and martini glasses will join it, as soon we dig them out of the attic. All we need now is a new record player and a gorgeous print to hang above it, and our living room will be complete!