Biba 1970: 12’41” of Pure Delight

A 12 minute show-around of my second favourite Biba shops, the 120 Kensington High street outlet. I had been waiting for so long to see it!

You can watch it here on Barbara Hulanicki’s Youtube channel:

Biba The Pacemakers

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The definitive Biba bible (Sep. 2014):



Furniture in Films: The New Avengers (sleeper) 1978

Director: Graeme Clifford

Set designer: Simon Wakefield

First published on my previous blog on 17th August 2010

I’ve meant to do this for a long time because I love movie sets as much as props, wigs and falballas 🙂

Despite I’m more an Avengers aficionada (Think Emma Peel here, how fascinating she is in ‘A touch of brimstone’!), some of the New Avengers episodes are worth the watch. ‘Sleeper‘ (written by genius Brian Clemens) reveals a great insight of Gambit’s and Purdey’s flats while London plummets into deep-sleep.

Team Purdey:


White and gold bed frame, round (lacey?) bedlight, big flowers wallpaper, beads curtain


Bamboo cane nightstand and sleek ivory white phone


Purdey’s open kitchen: White and purple cupboard and matching curtains, bamboo cane chairs and table


The Trimphone, designed by Martyn Rowlands for the Standard Telephones & Cables Ltd (1965 and up)


Moving left to the living-room side (and another set of beads curtains), lilac walls, matching piano and sofa

Team Gambit:

Masculine and streamlined, here’s Gambit’s bachelor’s pad!


Dark grey walls with a few touches of colours, transparent smoked glass table, leather and metal chairs, spotlights, silver head

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Dark grey brick wall and white work top, mushroom ceiling lamp


Gambit’s bedroom: Faux fur plaid (aka “Flokati”), weapons, graphic onion canvas, magical stereo combo and burnt orange wall

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Guest room: Apple green rules! Big green round knob, black, green and white forest canvas, white and green walls.

Anyone who grew up as a child in the 70s will remember the predominance of apple green and this too:

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Woodleigh green apple shampoo (“Prairial” in France, “Campus” in Italy). I’d give my horse to have this stuff back on the shelves.

Furniture in films: The Quadrifoglio/4 leaf clover (1974) and Pipistrello/bat (1965) lamps (Gae Aulenti)

Designer: Gae Aulenti (for Harvey Guzzini)

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I can’t think of an object that captures the spirit of the 70’s better than the Quadrifoglio lamp. Recently, I kept catching sight of it in various places. I may have seen it when I was a child while visiting relatives in Italy but one thing is certain, the design is very familiar to me. Somehow it reminds me of the works of German illustrator Anne Hofer and famous French childhood program “L’Ă®le aux enfants”:

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See that booth?

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From the documentary about French pop band “Il Ă©tait une fois” (1975)


Mimsy Farmer (as Candice Strasberg) in Michel Wyn’s “The Suspects” (1974)

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Jean-François Devaux (as Janvier) in “Le Commissaire Maigret et Monsieur Charles” (1977)

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The Pipistrello lamp (on the top right). Gaspard Uliel (as Yves Saint Laurent) and Louis Garrel (as Jacques de Bascher) in Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” (2014)

More views of the Quadrifoglio lamp:

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