Delia is the latest vintage haunt to spring up on Wudaoying Hutong, but its focus on furniture should stand it in good stead. The brainchild of Fai Lau and Jessi Li, the latter sources vintage clothing and glasses from Japan, Germany and Hong Kong, while the former is an avid collector of Chinese furniture and household items.
Lau tells us most collectors obsess over Ming and Qing Dynasty pieces, but it’s the items from the balinghou (or the 1980s onwards) that really float his boat. Most pieces in store range from the ’60s to the ’80s and chairs range from 400RMB up to 1,800RMB for a sofa.
We love the mirrors from the early ’70s (around 1,500RMB) that were made to commemorate the ten great architectural achievements in China of that time, including the Great Hall of the People and Beijing Railway Station. Li’s vintage frames are also worth checking out, costing between 1,500-2,000RMB for vintage Dior, Missoni or Gucci, while other frames start from 400RMB.
Delia is a great place to snag an interesting piece or two, and has just started putting on monthly indie nights at Jam Bar, promising all the Joy Division, Suede and Pulp your nostalgia glands can take. Definitely worth having a gander. Alice McInerney