Gotta Have It
Trip the light fantastic with this neon art at God's Own Junkyard's pop-up in Selfridges. I want it all. And I want it now!
I’m an absolute sucker for neon art – I love its cheekiness, its vibrancy and its rock’n’roll vibe – so I’m beyond excited to hear of this super-cool new interiors installation and pop-up shop at Selfridges in London. It’s hosted by God’s Own Junkyard, the Walthamstow-based Bracey family business that’s been a long-time magnet for photography, music and fashion types. You’ll have definitely clocked the late Chris Bracey’s works in movies, music videos and magazines and now his sons Matthew and Marcus Bracey have created a collection inspired by their record collections. With Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and Elton John among their clients, you’ll certainly be in good company if you invest in a piece. And if that’s a budget-busting impossibility just think of the Instagram opps, right?
Crazy for retro kitsch? While there’s no dedicated dealer around these parts that I know of, these local interiors and arts hotspots are worth a rummage.
Thrills of the Emporium, 31 Warwick Street, Leamington Spa
Acrylic Neon Light Box, Thrills of the Emporium, Leamington Spa
An eclectic interior design store mixing the old and the new. Owner Eleni loves lighting from bespoke made to order Neon to these acrylic Neon light boxes (£80) which come in 9 different designs. You can also design your own light fittings, with more than 90 different cable colours, LED filament bulbs, regular filament bulbs and various fittings.
Reload Gallery, 40 Warwick Street, Leamington Spa
Opposite Thrills of the Emporium above is Reload Gallery frequently sells some brilliant Neon art including pieces by West London-based Illuminati Neon whose bespoke artwork is rooted in punk using vintage flags and distressed wood.
Louis Sidoli Artist, Barford, Warwick
British artist Louis Sidoli specialises in cool iconic art inspired by pop culture – but it comes with a price tag! His 2016 solo exhibition at London’s Halcyon Gallery of original neon art marked David Bowie’s golden years.
Bonds Antiques, Lifestyle, Interiors, Evesham Road, Stratford-upon-Avon
They specialise in antiques and shabby chic, and have a fab cafe. Home to 40 different individual concessions, who work extremely hard to source, restore and reinvent unique items, from vintage and retro products to up cycled industrial pieces.
Retro Bazaar, Milton Keynes
Get yourself kitsched up to your heart’s content and shop your preferred era, from the 50s through to the 80s. They put on events throughout the country if you’re looking to rummage in person. No neon at the mo, but keep your peepers peeled.