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Magnificent Mid-Century Modern & How to incorporate into your home

Posted on 16 October 2016

What is mid-century modern I hear you ask? It's the era of design between 1950 – 1970, it's clean lines and organic shapes, it's the use of different timber such as teak's and oak's and the pioneering of new ways to make furniture.

When thinking of this period in design, Danish designers come to mind. Like Arne Jacobsen, who created the Egg Chair in 1956 and Hans Wegner, who has many stand out furniture pieces, but our favourite would have to be the Papa Bear Chair designed in 1951.

Egg Chair Papa Bear Chair

With some amazing design contributions from the US, its hard to look past Charles and Ray Eames and their iconic Eames Lounge Chair designed with the “form follows function” philosophy. Even Australia’s own Grant Featherston designed some amazing furniture, with his R160 Contour Chair from the early 50’s and Scape chair from 1960’s, the mid-century modern movement was mega.

Featherson Chair Eams Lounge Chair

If you like the R160 Contour - be sure to check out the Loco Occasional, available in a range of colours.

Why do you think we are so in love with mid-century modern? Is it the familiarity, does it remind you of being at nan and pop’s, or our favourite tv shows like Bewitched or I dream of Jeannie? Whatever the reason, it seems mid-century is here to stay.

So today we are going to talk through how you can bring your own funky mid-century style to your living room using some of the products available at domu

Let’s start with your sofa – play it safe and get a more neutral colour so you can dress it up with cool cushions and a throw. Nothing says mid-century more than splayed cigar legs and flowing lines – this Retro Grey sofa is perfect, with it’s cute button detail and cigar legs, match this sofa with a contrasting armchair, such as the Club Chair in Slate Grey and you’ll be in retro heaven.

Moe Club Chair

Add some warmth with a Grey and Copper cushion, combined with our funky Black Stag cushion and Rabbit Fur throw.

Make your new lounge even more shag-a-delic with a rug, the Funky Union Jack rug will add that touch of the swinging 60’s, teamed up with the atomic styling of the Sahara Coffee Table, your new mid-century pad will be really coming together.

A clever way to have extra storage is with a gorgeous sideboard. The Herringbone Sideboard oozes style, with the herringbone wood pattern on the doors, while also featuring splayed legs to compliment the Retro Grey Sofa.

Your lounge room is almost complete - a floor lamp is a great finishing touch behind your sofa, the soft light can come from behind, eliminating any glare from lighting above, it gives height to your space as well as creating an ambient and relaxing mood. The tripod design of the Bamboo Floor Lamp allows for easy placement on the corner of a sofa, the refined pale timber frame is unobtrusive and won’t dominate your room.

Mid Century Modern Room

Now that you have some ideas on how to create your own modern spin on the timeless mid-century modern theme - don’t be scared to go and have some fun, it’s ok to be eclectic and use colour!

Brendan Clarke

This week’s blog by Brendan Clarke – Instagram @brendanvm





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