It should come as no surprise to anyone given the car I drive that I’m a fan of mid-century design. In fact one day I’d love to live in a mid-century bungalow complete with the strip wood ceilings, bare brick walls and a sunken living room, but you don’t need to have a 50s or 60s house in order to capture a bit of the era’s style. Many of the furniture designs that were first made then are still in production today and they look great in the modern home.
Here’s five of my favourite…
(1) Bartholomew Cocktail Chairs have had a surge in popularity over the last couple of years. Originally produced in Germany in the 1950s, they feature the distinct slimline atomic legs and the classic shape looks fabulous upholstered in almost any fabric. If you’re lucky you might be able to pick an original one up on eBay or at an antiques market, but if not this fabulous orange one is from the East London Design Store.
(2) I’m not sure if I should confess to this, but I’m old enough to remember using a rotary dial telephone and even though it took ages to dial a phone number, they had a certain beauty that I still hanker after these days. Even though the design has been altered slightly so it’s push button, you can still buy a phone that looks almost identical to the ones that were in nearly every home in the 60s and 70s
(3) The Dalu lamp by Artemide (available to buy from Lampcommerce) is a contemporary production of a 1960s design by Vico Magistretti an Italian furniture designer and architect. Vico started his career working for the family firm of architects, but in the 50s he moved into furniture design specialising in lamps and chairs, he was one of the first designers to make a plastic chair.
(4) It’s hard to choose which Eames chair to feature because so many of them are still in production. We have an amazingly comfortable Eames lounge chair which I sit in to feed Alice, but we also have DSW chairs at the kitchen table, however I have chosen the one chair we don’t yet own, the lovely RAR rocker. This one is made by Mini Eden.
(5) The Dualit Toaster is a solid piece of British mid-century design which is still made today. I bought mine nearly 15 years ago (as quite an extravagant purchase) and it’s been in daily use since without any problems. The polished chrome exterior reminds me of Airstream Caravans and its a classic design that will never date.
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