Maxine and Dave
Vampt Vintage Design evolved out of Dave and Maxine’s love affair not just with each other, but for quality vintage design. Shortly after meeting in 2000, Dave – a self-employed electrician – and Maxine – a seasoned traveller – started Vampt Lampz in their spare room where they designed lampshades and restored vintage lamps.
As Dave and Maxine spread their wings and began sourcing local furniture the business grew into Vampt Retro n Deco. And as they extended their scope further abroad, Vampt Vintage Design came into being, offering the best and rarest pieces of mid-century furniture. Indeed, with their drive to make the design classics available to those who appreciate authenticity – and with a belief in the value of investing in furniture for a sustainable future – Dave and Maxine’s passion transformed Vampt into one of Australia’s vintage specialists.
Born and bred in Denmark, design flows through Anna’s blood lines. Anna studied graphic design in London and worked as an Art Director in Sydney for Vogue Living, Elle Australia, GQ Australia, Vogue Australia, and Vogue Entertaining & Travel. She continues to produce editorial features for worldwide publications working with leading photographers and stylists.
Chair of the moment: Anna grew up surrounded by Danish design classics, but her favourite chairs have a sentimental connection to her childhood or her children. Her kids love to curl up in Eero Aarnio’s Ball Chair or sit on the armrests of her Saarinen Womb Chair for story time. And as a child Anna loved to make herself dizzy spinning around and around in her grandparents’ Eames Lounge Chair.
Brendan – a resident of the stunning Blue Mountains – has a passion for interior design and mid-century furniture. After pouring beers for 17 years in Australia, the UK, and Canada he made the leap to follow his dream career path. Now, with a Diploma of Visual Merchandising – graduating with Distinction no less! – Brendan puts his skills and passion into practice each week creating the eye-catching window displays and interior styling at Vampt’s Surry Hills showroom.
Chair of the moment: Brendan finds it hard to have only one favourite amongst Vampt’s many great pieces but he puts the 1964 Fabricius and Kastholm Dining Chair high on the list. The mix of cognac-coloured leather, chrome frame, and woven cane to soften the steel is a chair design well ahead of its time.
Born and raised in California, Nancy is a firm believer that great design can transform the way we live and work. She has a graduate degree in Interior Architecture and has worked on commercial and residential projects in Sydney and abroad as well as freelance art direction for interior and fashion shoots. Nancy is the founder and owner of boutique interior design firm Renzi Design and she loves to turn her hand to mid-century restoration projects, including her former home – a real show-stopper designed by David Hollander in 1971.
Chair of the moment: Nancy has a passion for texture, particularly aged leather and the intricate grain of Brazilian Rosewood. Her chair of the moment is the exquisite 1930s Fritz Henningsen leather armchair; an elegant and timeless shape and to die for leather with a story all its own.