Vintage Uniflex Furniture

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2015-06-26 10:34:17

Vintage Uniflex Furniture is original furniture produced by the 20th century manufacturer Uniflex.

Brief history and description

Uniflex were a manufacturer of modern furniture in the mid-20th century.

The Uniflex brand created bedroom and dining room furniture, manufacturing in rosewood or teak. Their designs included chairs, tables, wardrobes and stools.

Created and distributed by the company L Lazarus, Uniflex pieces contributed greatly to the introduction of a new aesthetic in home design throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

From the 1960s onwards, Uniflex introduced increasingly modernist pieces, creating a sideboard constructed from melamine, a material which it is difficult to damage. This durability made Uniflex products famous for their practicality.

The company is widely regarded as having been ahead of its time and Uniflex sideboards and chairs remain popular.

Guide for collectors

Uniflex furniture has a particular allure to collectors, both due to its rarity and its niche appeal. It is not often sold at live auction, but is widely sold online at bidding sites like eBay.

Sites such as RetroAndVintageFurniture are also stockists, and should prove helpful to prospective collectors in both identifying and tracking down Uniflex pieces.

Collectors and enthusiasts should also be aware of auction houses and antique trade fairs, as further bargains may be discovered in these places, but their main starting point should almost certainly be Ebay, which contains the most comprehensive and easily available listing for items in the Uniflex range.

Value

Uniflex items can sell for very reasonable prices on eBay. Past sales include a vintage Uniflex sleigh desk, which sold for £362 on 26th February 2012, and a vintage Uniflex dressing table dated from the 1960s, which auctioned for £111 on 26th February 2012.

Whilst the value of the most coveted Uniflex items, such as their teak desks and dressing tables, is regarded as generally somewhere between £100-300, Uniflex also has even more affordable antique finds; for instance, on 12th February 2012, a stylish vintage Uniflex wardrobe unit dated from the 1950’s sold for just £21.

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