Since the move to digital downloads vinyl records became somewhat forgotten and unloved. But as we’ve started to yearn for tangible objects from our youth vinyl is now living on in a new form – as decoration. Like the shop in Camden Market with the exterior covered in records, the records displayed on the walls at Cocodelic eatery in NW10 and at Poppies Fish and Chips restaurant in E1. I’ve seen quite a few vinyl records moulded into useful objects for the home; clocks seem to be popular like the ones I saw at Camden Market and Urban Outfitters on Oxford Street. I spoke to Ray Smith from Vinyl Village who told me – “At Vinyl Village we have a mission for keeping our music heritage alive by transforming vinyl records into works of art for the home. We have been designing and manufacturing vinyl record decorations since 2006. All products are made from original records and are reworked by hand at our West Country business. We’ve a wide range of items including large and small bowls, coasters, large and small bookends, clocks, framed 45s, framed sleeves, snack trays, lampshades and many more, all of which will add retro-style and eco-glamour to your home. We pride ourselves in helping you personalise your purchases. We invite you use our bespoke service to select record titles that really mean something to you, perhaps the first record you ever bought or had a first dance to, or maybe even an evocative tune played at your school disco. We can even track down the single or LP that was No 1 in the charts when you were born and they are not just available in black!’’ So if you want to retain some good memories of dancing to disco classics or waving your hands in the air, buy yourself a piece of re-mastered vinyl. Credits: text and images by Homegirl London, additional images courtesy of Vinyl Village. Special thanks to Ray Smith.
Record Store, Camden Market
Cocodelic eatery, NW10
Poppies, 6-8 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QE,
Urban Outfitters, 200 Oxford Street, London W1D 1NU,
Small Vinyl Record Bookends 45s, £14,
Small Vinyl Record Bowl 45s, £10,