Specialist shows are great places to pick up original pieces and future classics direct from dealers. Midcentury.Modern is a show and sale that's held twice a year at Dulwich College in south east London. It features 78 top dealers and designers under one roof. For more information, visit modernshows.com.

Online retailers do the hard work for you by sourcing and researching the best furniture, lighting and home accessories. For a wide selection of mid-century furniture, lighting and accessories, try The Modern Warehouse. If you've set your heart on a particular piece that's not on its website, the company will try to source it for you.

Charity shops and car-boot sales are full of second-hand furniture, fabrics and lighting, but it's wise to familiarise yourself with key styles, designers and manufacturers, so you know what to look for. Try reading Mid-Century Modern: Interiors, Furniture, Design Details by Bradley Quinn (£25, Conran Octopus).

eBay has plenty of furniture to choose from, but be wary of items described as ‘in the style of', ‘reproduction'  or ‘inspired by' as they may not be genuine. Take note of dimensions, condition and the location of the item (or delivery costs) and don't be afraid to ask the seller questions if you want to know more.

Reissues of original designs allow you to get hold of newly manufactured versions of classic pieces. Visit utilitydesign.co.uk for all the big names, including Arne Jacobsen, Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson. Ercol (ercol.com) has revived some of its most famous designs with its Originals range and can also re-cover vintage furniture.