|17th October 2012|
They say nostalgia isn’t what it used to be – but Miles Dimmick has set out to prove them wrong.
His new business – Vintage Industries in Nantyglo – has been set up with the help of UK Steel Enterprise to cater for the growing demand for authentic antiques and historical paraphernalia.
“Shops, restaurants, hotels and other businesses are increasingly themed on the past these days,” says the former designer.
“People are also looking for intriguing antique items to give their homes a spark,” he adds.
Miles claims to be able to source virtually anything, however unusual the request. “I know the places to go and the niche outlets where things can be bought. I see it as a challenge.”
And the requests cover a huge range. “I managed to find an antique barber’s chair for a tattoo studio the other day and the customer was delighted. It’s about knowing where to look and who to ask.”
Miles took a degree in Industrial and Product Design at Cardiff University and has worked in the corporate world designing well known product packaging and promotional material. His flair for design and style means he can offer a business, or indeed a home, a full design service.
“I can start from scratch for, say, a new restaurant. Beginning with the theme, I can source the antiques, and style and dress the premises.”
He can also create bespoke items. “I can make, for example, a large frame full of vintage cameras, or whatever is required. Film companies have also used my services for set building.”
While he can go back far into the past if needed, he tends to concentrate on the 20th century, from the Art Deco period of the 20s and 30s, right through to the 1950s and 60s. These were such vibrant times with superb design landmarks in each period and that is why they tend to be in demand.”
To demonstrate the possibilities, Miles is developing a show room in Llanhilleth which can be viewed by appointment.
The business has been launched with the help of a Kickstart grant of £1180, which was used to buy tools and develop the web site, and Vintage Industries will be promoted on social media such as Facebook.
Kickstart has been supporting new business in Blaenau Gwent for over a decade. The programme is jointly funded by Tata subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise and Blaenau Gwent Council.
Kim Robinson of UK Steel Enterprise said: “Miles clearly has a deep knowledge of antiques and combines this with a flair for design. We are delighted to be supporting this business.”