Retro” short for retrospective, is used to describe a sense of style, fashion or design that is imitative of one from the recent past. Otherwise referred to as vintage, this particular stylistic aesthetic has now come to encompass a hodge-podge of characteristics taken predominantly from the popular culture of the 60s, 70s and 80s. With such a vast terrain, navigating a trendy retro look can sometimes be confusing, with fitting and affordable products difficult to find. So, we friendly folk here at The Zine have taken the liberty of putting together this comprehensive guide to a charming retro-filled life in the 21st Century.
First on the essentials list is RetroJan.
RetroJan is a Victorian based design company that takes legendary styles, from the past and a pinch of modernity, to produce pieces of rustic furniture that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. By purely operating online, Retrojan has been able to stick to its promises of keeping all its prices below $1000. For instance, the Margrethe TV Unit can be picked up for an affordable $499 RRP. Part of the Danish furniture range, this TV Unit features contrasting Mahogany timber draws and a natural white veneer finish. There is ample storage space for all your technical equipment, with the Margrethe TV Unit also being a prime example of RetroJan’s commitment to sourcing internationally inspired ideas, for below-designer prices.
To compensate for the lack of showroom, customers are offered a 7 Day Money Back Guarantee and a 12 Month Warranty with each product, and ensured security for online transactions. For all RetroJan enquiries visit www.retrojan.com.au
For a variety of Retro-influenced products, Lark is the place to go. Also based in Victoria, the crew at Lark have been bringing love-filled gift ideas from around the globe to Australia for over 6 years. To name but one of many, is the Diner Wall Clock in Chevrolet Cream by Rex. At $49.95, this classic diner clock uses quartz movement and adds charm to any office or kitchen. The Bakelite Style Alarm Clock in Green ($19.95 RRP), is another, and also has illuminated hands for easy reading.
Jasnor is another secret treasure trove of one-of-a-kind finds. Our favourite is the Teapot Chatter-Box-Matix Telephone by Retroflection ($300 RRP). This pastel-coloured ceramic teapot is fully functional, and is designed to resemble an old-school telephone with the receiver acting as the lid. Coming in a range of lovely pastels, this teapot is a piece of room decor that is sure to delight guests all round.