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A HOUSE WITH Heart AND Soul

SHOP OWNERS BARTEK OSTOJSKI AND ANDREW FOWKES PUT THEIR PASSION FOR RETRO AND MID-CENTURY ANTIQUES DOWN TO THE HOURS THEY SPENT TRAWLING THE FLEA MARKETS OF MADRID AND BARCELONA WHILE LIVING IN SPAIN. HAVING NOW SETTLED JUST OUTSIDE THE CITY OF CHESTER, THEY’VE CLEVERLY INCORPORATED SOME OF THESE MEMORABLE FINDS IN THE DECOR OF THEIR QUIRKY 15TH-CENTURY BARN.

It was a stint of travelling in Europe and living in Barcelona that first inspired Bartek Ostojski and Andrew Fowkes to collect retro and mid-century furniture and accessories. “We’ve always appreciated craftsmanship and quality” says Bartek. “You often find a better quality of finish in older pieces.” he adds. “For us Barcelona played a massive role in how we decorate,” says Bartek. “Every week we’d head out in the early hours to an antique fair or flea market in the centre of Barcelona or Madrid and come back with a van full of fantastic finds ranging from retro lamps, glassware and 1950’s movie posters which we’d fill our medieval attic apartment with.” The most memorable piece from that time was a 1930’s rosewood sideboard bought for 64 euro which they both wheeled by trolley five kilometres across the town as it was two large to fit into their van.

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The latest issue of the newly relaunched Winq magazine features an exclusive interview with Sherlock star Andrew Scott on his electrifying Hamlet and exploring his own inner darkness. There are also interviews with arist Grayson Perry and motorsport’s only gay racing driver, Danny Watts. We travel to Thailand and Rotterdam, get the background on the horrific abuse in Chechnya and ask if the pink pound can advance equality around the developing world. Packed with insightful commentary from a newly expanded panel of columnists, Winq is the journal for gay men by Attitude.
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