Despite all the developments in contemporary design, I still find myself drawn to the way the homes way back in the sixties used to look. Furniture with simple geometric lines, industrial-inspired lighting and bold pops of colour – what is there not to love about mid-century design? And thanks to shows like Mad Men, it’s now back in a big way. Today, almost every furniture retailer sells mid-century pieces that can help you transform your home in a place where Don Draper would love to have a drink after a busy day at work. Let’s take a look at some of the most iconic ones.
Mid Century Side Tables
A longtime favourite of mine, mid century side tables are a dream come true for people who love simplicity. You can instantly recognize them by their compact box-like shape and long slim legs. Their simple design makes these mid-century gems a great addition to any living room, no matter how small or large it is. But despite having a compact footprint, mid century side tables often offer plenty of storage in the form of drawers which makes them ideal as a nightstand. Besides being functional, they are also very durable as they are often made of high-grade hardwoods such as oak, walnut and maple. Available in a variety of finishes and colours, you can easily find the perfect option for you.
The Eames Lounge Chair
The Eames lounge chair is perhaps the most iconic mid-century furniture piece. Despite being first released in 1956, the chair is still popular today among homeowners who appreciate a dose of comfort and coolness. While the original might cost a small fortune, there are many affordable replicas that can offer you the same mid-century appeal for less. When coupled with an ottoman, the Eames lounge can provide you with a double dose of comfort.
Sputnik Style Chandeliers
When it comes to retro chandeliers, the sputnik style fixture is definitely the most distinct one. Its design resembles that of an atom, with a nucleus in the centre and slender arms going outwards on which light bulbs are attached. The result is a dramatic look that can turn your home into a unique and vibrant space.
Mid Century Sofas
Born in the 1950s, mid-century sofas have become symbols of fine design over the years. With their clean lines, gentle wooden tones, and warm materials, these sofas can bring a dose of retro style to any living room. While they can be paired with any modern style, mid-century sofas can really shine in Scandinavian-style spaces.