A Mother and daughter team, Bridget and Rowena have always had a shared passion for Mid 20th Century in 2009 Elephant and Monkey opened, originally as a shop based in Cornwall and six months later we launched our website.

Now 9 years later, Bridget’s husband Keith is running our sister site paperelephant.co.uk , selling mid 20th century artworks, and our business is in North Yorkshire and is only on the internet.

Right from the start we have been very keen on up-cycling – restoring and re-inventing furniture to give it a new lease of life – using contemporary fabrics, glass and colour to make pieces relevant and practical for today.

We use vintage textiles to create room canvases, cushions and lampshades to add a splash, so you can create amid-century accent to your room without changing all your furnishings.

The pieces of furniture we sell combine beautifully with large expressive screen prints and posters of the period – you’ll find them at our sister site paperelephant.co.uk.

We hope you share and enjoy some, or all of our enthusiasms, please contact if you have any questions.