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lassco – part 2

March 28, 2013

Who is looking forward to the easter break? C’mon, don’t all shout at once:-)

As promised, here’s the second part of the LASSCO post. If you missed the first one, here it is again. So once you’ve admired the outdoor offerings, you can either enter the doors leading to the brunswick house café or first go and be mesmerised by the offerings in the main house.

We are starting with the main house. Come on through. You’ll find a roomy georgian interior, divided into many rooms and floors.



It’s impossible to photograph all, so i picked out what i thought were interesting salvaged curiosities. What do you think?

They have quite a few horn trophys. In my last post i showed an oryx hunting trophy.  I know antlers are really in fashion right now, but why not have something that’s far more unique?


I fell in love with this east asian carved wooden horse. A mere £1400;-)


A ngaady helmet mask from the Kuba tribe. At £485, not too shabby.


A yoruba tribe mask. Yours for £420.


A large ‘white maiden’ helmet mask…. £675.


Oh, he’s not for the faint-hearted. A face mask made from fibre glass and spray painted gold. Around £300.


I really fancied these stained and painted glass panels. Prices vary.



This cheerful fella was an unusual educational plaster cast of a male torso, with detailed map showing the meridians of acupuncture. C. 1918. To be had for £1400.


The following room had much more recognisable items. Here you can find alphabet letters and numerals, door knobs, coloured flex etc.




These enamelled watering cans are gorgeous. I wanted the copper one.


So, through the house you can also get to the wonderful café. What i like best about it is the informal atmosphere. Here you will find staff that love their job. Everything displayed in the café is for sale, which makes it a pretty fantastic space. While i was there, some of the guys were busy taking down some stock exchange clocks that had been sold. When i returned an hour later, some wonderful print was hanging from the ceiling in the same spot. It’s vibrant, fun, eclectic and full of inspiration. Why not go and have a drink or meal while looking at beautiful artefacts and furniture?



These bar stools had my name on it. I really want them, so off to inquire!



The front room of the café is more interesting. You will find many mix and match seatings, beautiful lights hanging from above and lots of desirable prints.





This is the back room and seating is a little more uniform. But look at the luscious and fantastic lights displays.


Well, i hope you enjoyed this little tour of LASSCO. I urge anyone to take a trip there as no pictures or story reflects the true beauty and uniqueness of this place. Of course, their wonderful offerings come at a price. Personally, i’d rather have a unique item that will be with me forever. The question is why can LASSCO command their prices? The answer: because you’ll probably not find such interesting curiosities elsewhere and therefore they simply just can! I’m a fan!

LASSCO & Brunswick House Café
30 Wandsworth Road
London SW8 2LG

Happy Easter everyone. Have a great time and enjoy yourselves. See you monday, hopefully, with another dose of vive la différence.

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  • Reply Mina March 28, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Oh Tina,

    how do you manage to always find these really amazing places and things?
    The atmosphere in the cafe seems kinda surreal.
    Looks like a really awesome place. I love antiques and I already know that I would go completely crazy in there.


    • Reply tina April 1, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      hey Mina,

      Thank you… It’s a really eclectic place and I have no doubt you would be enthralled for hours x

  • Reply James Balston March 29, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I’ve been itching to go take a look for ages. Thanks for posting, looks wonderful!

    • Reply tina April 1, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Ta James. Go on, maybe this gave you a prompt. You’d love it!!

  • Reply Igor March 29, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    What an intriguing place! The plethora of details is almost overwhelming! Love the look of the café! Happy holiday weekend, Tina:-)

    • Reply tina April 1, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Hello Mr Igor, another place you would love… on another Design Tour maybe-:)

  • Reply Holly March 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    How interesting! Tina, those stools are amazing, I can see why you love them, I do too. Did you find out any more info about them, a bit of their story? They’re really not your regular stools, something very special.

    Would love to go to the cafe and have a look around this place one day. It’s very enchanting. I feel like it’s a place where small creatures hide out. And at night everything comes alive and the little creatures come out to take care of and entertain all those curious items 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this Tina! xoxoxo

    • Reply tina April 1, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      I know those stools were to die for. I’m going to find out more info… they didn’t have much on it! All I know is that they’re Danish and that they only have 3 in total.

      What makes the café amazing is that it changes constantly with stock being sold. There’s always something happening, something being exchanged , something being hung up. This makes for a great atmosphere, a buzzing work place and good talking points.

      The café and house are linked so yes, maybe at night, when no one is looking, a whole new world is taking place!!:-) LOL xx

  • Reply Alison Sye March 29, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    What! No cake pictures?? Everything in this place is beautiful, but that stained glass – yum.

    • Reply tina April 1, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      Told ya… glad you like the stained glass. It is quite breathtaking! Yum indeed!!

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey March 30, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I do find masks to be the creepiest things. The one’s you’ve shown are intriguing, but I have no idea about the history of masks like those. I must make the time some day to look more into the symbolism.

    Those stools are wonderfully phallic. I’m sorry, but my first thought was sitting on one with that between my legs (although I guess I would be sitting back to front) 😉

    The stained glass is just incredible. Being a Catholic (albeit non-practising) I have always love the romantic potency of things such as stained glass.

    Now the cafe is a veritable curiosity shop. I love the idea of things constantly moving and changing. Right for that environment; I couldn’t do it in my own. And is that a stage in there?

    Lots of cool pics Tina xx

    • Reply tina April 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      I am not an expert on masks or symbolism but have always felt drawn to them. I think they’re so interesting.

      Ha. Cannot help you with details of how to sit on those stools. I can see why the stools can seem phallic. Nothing wrong with that. I think they are stunning.
      A non-practicing catholic, hey? So, do you suffer a lot from guilt? I also seem very drawn to stained glass, in my case I think it’s to do with the forms, patterns and colours rather than any religious connotations.

      Yes, I was just saying to Holly. The café is totally alive due to all that movement of shifting their wares. It’s alive and exciting and it transmits energy.
      I’m not sure whether that’s a stage. I think they have lots of dinner parties and events. It’s constantly changing and they adapt it accordingly.

      Thanks G xx

  • Reply Anya Jensen March 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    OH how fab:) I used to live on Wandsworth bridge rd not far from there. Love this place, such a variety of coolness. Happy Easter lovely Tina, hope you have a fab time,

    • Reply tina April 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Love Wandsworth Bridge Road. You always find some interesting shop there.. Happy Easter x

  • Reply noreen March 30, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    window shopping with you –

    the horse!

    the colored glass, please,
    and some lights, fitted to my house, of course.

    oh, and a short trip to see tina and tour london would be nice. sound good?

    • Reply tina April 1, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Haha. I gather lots of people window shop there…

      The Horse. Tick.
      The stained glass. Tick.
      Of course, madam, we’ll send the fitter with the goods:-)

      Now that’s a great idea, and hopefully doable:-)
      Your comment made me chuckle!!

  • Reply Catherine April 1, 2013 at 1:54 am

    I’d love to work in a place like this with staff who love their jobs. This place is stunning, so rich in details. Would love to visit on a Saturday, browse around and have lunch in the cafe, so inspiring…laughing at Gerard’s comment about the stools, my first thought was they looked comfy, nicely moulded for ones derriere!

    • Reply tina April 1, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      You would love the atmosphere. Staff are friendly and happy and no day is the same (I’m assuming).
      Yep, another daydream, let’s go on a Saturday together… fancy?

      Gerard, what can I say, boys will be boys:-) Thanks Catherine x

  • Reply Louise - 30s Magazine April 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    What an interesting place. It’s a little bit of everything. Some I don’t like at all while other things are really interesting e.g. those bar stools! So cool.

    • Reply tina April 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      That’s how it’s meant to be… an aladdins cave with something for everyone. I know, those stools are incredible!!

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