Much of the allure of vintage and antique furniture is the unique story of its former life. Who owned it? Where did it come from?

Pop-up furniture store Tale now provides the missing link by uncovering the hidden story behind a covetable collection of furniture and homewares from the nineteenth century through to the 1970s.

This unique concept is the brainchild of local entrepreneurs Steve Hibberd and Liz Palmieri and UK-based designer Celia Philo, who is best known for her design of the iconic Aladdin Sane David Bowie album cover.

“We saw an opportunity to bring to Australia the warm and often rustic vintage furniture of the English, French and Italian, together with locally designed products, and to tie them together by providing a greater insight than available in the general market to the story behind [each piece],” explains Hibberd.

Key items in the 80-strong collection include a Mauser Werke office chair that was retrieved from a wartime German arms manufacturer, an English farmhouse folding leaf table that was the heart of a home in rural Somerset and an early twentieth century pine bench from an English public school. But perhaps the most sought after item will be a highly collectable table designed by Willy Rizzo, who was also commissioned to create furniture for Salvador Dali and Brigitte Bardot.

To make Tale part of your home’s story, you’ll have to be quick as their concept store is only open for four weeks, from Saturday March 12 to Saturday April 9.

Tale Pop-Up Store
Shop 38, Pran Central, Prahran
(Corner Commercial Road and Chapel Street)

Tue-Sun 11am–5.30pm or by appointment