set of 3 vintage stack stools, re-upholstered in multi-coloured fabrics
2-tone Yellowwood & Imbuia mid-century 2-tier coffee table
mid-century Sapele & Mahogany wood sideboard with black and cream accents
Twiggy Bookshelf. Made by Vamp from African Mahogany
Paula van Niekerk and her partner Michael Dodds often discussed opening a furniture and homeware store, but it wasn’t until a weekend away to the West Coast in 2009 that the conversations turned into a reality. They stumbled across, Paula says, “a jaw dropping selection of mid-century furniture for sale.”
A few months after shipping their find to Cape Town, Vamp opened its doors in Woodstock; a logical choice, as Michael’s wood workshop had been based there for 20 years. They split the space into adjoining store and workshop, but when the building was sold, moved into the perfect spot opposite the Old Biscuit Mill.
Paula says of Woodstock: “We are inspired by the infectious energy, sense of community and the diverse creative talents Woodstock continues to attract.”
This inspiration and creative energy is something Paula and Michael themselves have in abundance, and are perfectly reflected in their gorgeous up-cycled retro furniture, original Mid-20th Century classics, quirky vintage kitchenalia and collectables, a select range of homeware by local design talents, as well as their own range of mid century inspired furniture, which they design and manufacture.
Every week I receive what Vamp calls their “Fabulous Friday Furniture updates” – sign up here – and every week the list of beautiful pieces I want – no, need – to own grows longer. A visit to Vamp is an absolute must, but be warned, you won’t come away empty handed; not that you will want to , of course!
The Pacman Shelf. Made by Vamp from African Mahogany
nest of three E Gomme G Plan tables in two tone teak
wall unit, made by Vamp from African Mahogany
Vamp bookshelf. Made by Vamp from African Mahogany
Retro nest of three tables in green, grey and cream
Metal light pendants re-sprayed in bright yellow