The Poster King Pop-Up
Given the recent tendency to 'democratise' interiors in the advent of the interiors blogger, we're beginning to appreciate those lived-in homes that reflect the personality, sensibility and vintage tastes of their owners. A self-confessed hoarder of objects, trinkets and re-purposed industrial furnishing, I have recently spent my weekends in bric-a-brac stores attempting to find authentic items to style with in my home. Unfortunately, this vintage 'trend' has gone viral with re-production and 'vintage-style' gifts and homewares suppliers, and I do admit I tend to wrinkle my nose at this 'shabby-chic' way of decorating with faux-vintage, without any sort of physical connection to the period these objects, furnishing and artworks are from.
Thankfully there are champions in the field of authenticity; those purveyors of fine vintage goods who preserve and prepare these items for use in modern homes. One such seller is the Poster King himself, Sam Johnson from Vintage Posters Only. Five years ago, when I moved into a home in Melbourne's St Kilda East, I asked the owner (fashion photographer, Zac Stone) about a giant poster he had in his studio depicting a green devilish figure, uncorking a bottle of the apértif Maurin Quina. It was in fact originally painted by Leonetto Cappiello in 1906, and is his most famous poster print. The authentic poster, pictured above is almost 3 metres in height, framed and still leans proudly against his photography studio wall. It was supplied by Johnson and thus began my obsession with these original poster prints.
Johnson is the leading authority on authentic, collectible poster art and has been operating his business in Armadale, Victoria for over 12 years. His interest and consuming passion for this imagery was born whilst he lived above an auction house in Paris in 1993. Seeing a need to preserve the artform, he began his business and continues to source and import the lithographic prints from Paris and around the world. "I see vintage posters as documents of a forgotten time. The collections we source and bring to Australia are the posters that never made it to the walls. They are in limited supply, and are rapidly becoming collectible."
His business in High Street, Armadale is a veritable treasure trove of prints and I highly recommend a visit if you're in the area. For those not in close proximity, The Poster King has announced a pop-up series in Sydney this Friday and Saturday, 8th and 9th February. A Brisbane pop-up will follow in early March. All details are below. The posters are available preserved (lined first with rice paper, prior to being linen backed in Paris), framed or unframed, and a variety of sizes are available.
There is nothing quite like conversation piece to give character to an interior, not to mention a collectible of this kind only appreciates in value and can be treasured for a lifetime.
Sydney Pop-up - Corporate Culture // Cult Showroom
21-23 Levey Street (off Buckland Street), Chippendale
Friday, February 8th 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday, Feb 9th 10:00am - 4:00pm
Brisbane Pop-up - Corporate Culture // Cult Showroom
925 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Friday, March 8th 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday, March 9th 10:00am - 4:00pm