Uniflex made some stunning modern furniture in the 60s. They pushed the boundaries of popular taste much further than G-Plan. Their designs were minimalist in the extreme, abolishing handles and creating an ultra modern look. Today Uniflex is highly prized by collectors and pieces achieve good prices on eBay.
Uniflex was made by the firm L Lazarus in the 50s and 60s. They pioneered the modern style and helped bring it to a wider audience. Like most cutting edge design, although reasonably successful, it did not sell in huge numbers and is comparatively rare today.
In the 60s Uniflex may not have been to everyone's taste, but today it is greatly appreciated. There were few other furniture makers that embraced the contemporary look as fully as Uniflex. The name itself suggests modern, flexible living.
Uniflex made dining room and bedroom furniture. Look for ultra modern sideboards in teak or rosewood or modern dressing tables finished in teak with stylish chairs, stools and wardrobes to complement the look.
Uniflex from the mid sixties had a distinctive style. Look for the absence of handles, fashionable woods, such as teak or rosewood, and the unique leg style with a horizontal bar connecting the front and back legs.
As teak became more popular in the late 60s, firms that set the pace in style looked to other finishes. Uniflex introduced a modern sideboard in white painted melamine. Melamine was a hard surface that was difficult to chip. The startling element of the design though were the handles: they were blue squares with a cut-out circle.
This cherry and Formica bedroom suite, left, shows the evolution of the Uniflex style in the second half of the sixties. The firm was not afraid to pioneer new designs and lead the furniture industry.
Today it is the stunning teak and rosewood sideboards by Uniflex that are the favourites amongst collectors. They were fifty years' ahead of their time in the sixties, so will look great with both a modern or a retro look.
Buy Uniflex on eBay
eBay is the best place to buy Uniflex. Expect to pay £400 to £1000 for a good Uniflex rosewood sideboard that reflects the style of the brand. Other pieces may be cheaper, but look for good condition and distinctive retro style.
Uniflex furniture was branded with this label, left. Look for this on eBay pictures to establish that the piece is genuine.
If you are worried about transport, there are a number of couriers that specialise in Even if the seller doesn't offer a courier, you can usually arrange for one to pick the item up and deliver it to you. Always contact the seller first though.
Add your comments on Uniflex furniture
"i have some teak and white bedroom furniture for sale large wardrobe two chest of drawers and a dressing table" GLENYS HARRISON 21/09/2015
"We have a Uniflex sideboard for sale - four sections, one of the sections is a drop down door, and one section is three drawers. Very good condition." Jan Jarrard 19/03/2016
"I have bedroom furniture comprising of double & single wardrobes , set of draws and dressing table made of walnut for sale . In excellent condition for sale ." Alison Philp 30/03/2016
"I have the following Uniflex furniture for sale, Â£250 the lot.....or near offer.
Photographs of each item can be emailed upon request.
Ladies double wardrobe
Ladies dressing table
Mans single wardrobe (tallboy ?)
Ottoman" Andy 18/05/2016
"Is Malcolm Lazarus still alive?" d.nicol 05/09/2016
"I have the following Uniflex Dressing Table Suite for Sale
Â£150.00" Denise Adams 10/10/2016
"I have a Uniflex dressing table which is missing one of it's small brass drawer knobs. Would anybody know where I might be able to find a replacement? I've searched on Google/eBay etc with no luck.
any pointers much appreciated.
Thanks." Louise Wilson 26/10/2016
We have a Uniflex sideboard but unfortunately the door hinges are broken
These are round circular which fit onto the door
Any ideas where I could obtain a pair ?" Stephen Hollas 07/01/2017
I have a Uniflex teak desk with three drawers and a hinged top that lifts to expose a plastic storage tray.
Very clever design for its day.
I am just about to put it on ebay for sale.
Any idea what it might be worth?" Matthew 25/01/2017
YES! Malcolm Lazarus is still very much alive. You can contact him via his daughter on Linked In Alexandra Lazarus Priestley" Malcolm Lazarus 05/03/2017
"Hi I have a bedroom set consisting of the rose hardwood dressing table in your picture, with a working light, excellent condition, also two double wardrobes, one has three drawers inside and a tie rail, could you let me know how much this would be worth ." Sarah King 04/05/2017
"I have a Uniflex double wardrobe, dressing table and matching stool. Wardrobe and dressing table are both solid teak lined with cedar wood. I purchased these items in 1962. How much would these be worth and what is the best way to sell them." Muriel Davess 09/04/2019
Sold prices on eBay vary quite a lot from just Â£25 for a complete bedroom suite, to Â£400 for one wardrobe.
Condition plays a big part in value.
I would suggest putting it on eBay, either as a complete set or individual pieces. Use 'Buy-it-now' rather than auction.
The problem is that unless you can offer delivery you will limit your market to those who can travel to pick it up.
Have a look at eBay completed listings and decide how much you want to sell for. Then create a 'Buy-it-now' auction for the price you want.
Other alternatives are Gumtree or the local paper. Unless you have a retro dealer in your area.
Steven" Steven 11/04/2019
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