Posts Tagged ‘mid-century modern’

DSW Chair

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

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reproduction yellow DSW chair from Metro Furniture with antique furniture

We’ve just received this reproduction Charles Eames-designed DSW chair for review from Metro Furniture.

reproduction yellow DSW chair from Metro Furniture in our craft room

It works well as a dining chair, office or desk chair. It would also sit nicely in the corner of a bedroom or lounge too – providing a lovely flash of colour and offering an occasional seat for larger gatherings.

reproduction yellow DSW chair from Metro Furniture at our kitchen table

The DSW is available in eleven different colours, our favourite being this gorgeous, sunny yellow.

detail of a wooden leg on a reproduction yellow DSW chair from Metro Furniture

The chair arrives in 2 pieces and it’s an easy job attaching the moulded plastic seat to the metal & blonde wood base with the Allen key supplied. It’s a very affordable option retailing at just £50.00.

reproduction yellow DSW chair from Metro Furniture with collection of fat lava pottery vases

We think it looks great with a range of interior styles and we’ve combined it with mid century modern & antique furniture pieces whilst assessing it in our house. It sits very well with our 1960s fat lava floor vases, provided a good functional seat when combined with our rustic kitchen table or rustic pine workbench… and we love the contrast of the modern yellow moulded plastic with the rich, dark 18th century fruit-wood table that we tried.

detail of reproduction yellow DSW chair from Metro Furniture

Original pieces are fabulous, but they don’t always come within budget – especially if buying a set of 4 or 6 chairs. Metro Furniture offers a good alternative in the form of these practical and stylish reproductions.

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Charity Vintage: Vintage William Lawrence sideboard

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

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vintage teak William Lawrence sideboard for sale on eBay for Charity in support of the St Vincent Support Centre in Leeds
(Ends 27 Sep, 2013 14:25:00 BST)

This vintage William Lawrence sideboard is for sale this week in support of St Vincent Support Centre*. They always have lots of quality vintage items on sale (we’ve featured their items a fair few times) so if you’re in & around the Leeds area it’s a good idea to add them to your eBay ‘favourite sellers’.

A vintage teak sideboard always looks magnificent in a sitting room. It’s a really useful piece of furniture – great for storage and showing off your vintage glass or pottery collections.

*St Vincent’s is part of the international charity, the St Vincent de Paul Society, and exists to promote self-sufficiency by building bridges of support and creating opportunities that enhance the quality of life for those deprived of income, employment, education, social networks and community support. They offer a wide range of services to people who need it most, including free debt advice, counselling, free adult learning, and volunteering/training placements for unemployed and adults with special needs.

Monthly Mood Board: Mid Century Modern

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

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Mid century modern mood board

Welcome to Monthly Mood Board, a new blog series where we pick out items from our shop and other retailers based on an interior decor theme.

We’re starting with mid century modern – one of our favourite looks. The 1950s saw major advances in the fields of atomic energy, organic chemistry and space exploration. These developments influenced many aspects of of modern life and influenced designers of the time. New shapes & patterns emerged – and bold colours appeared. Materials such as teak, bent plywood, moulded plastic, stainless steel and enamel were favoured by furniture and product designers. It was an exciting & dynamic era.

  1. Original Festival of Britain guide
  2. Lucienne Day ‘Calyx’ pattern
  3. Miller’s Mid-Century Modern: Living with Mid-Century Modern Design
  4. Atomic coat rack
  5. Kidney table
  6. Pottery bowl
  7. Starburst clock
  8. Cathrineholm ‘Lotus’ kettle

Charity Vintage: Danish Table and Chairs

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

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Vintage Danish table & chairs for sale on eBay for Charity in aid of St Vincent Support Centre
(ends 4 Jul, 2013 16:52:08 BST)

This is a great mid century modern Danish table and chairs. The set is made of teak and has a lovely rich colour and patina. The extendible table is made by Danasco.

There’s a buy it now price of £495 but they’re open to offers. 1oo% of the sale proceeds goes to St Vincent Support Centre* in Leeds. Once again, we’ve not left you much time to get a bid in – sorry!

*St Vincent’s is part of the international charity, the St Vincent de Paul Society, and exists to promote self-sufficiency by building bridges of support and creating opportunities that enhance the quality of life for those deprived of income, employment, education, social networks and community support. We offer a wide range of services to people who need it most, including free debt advice, counselling, free adult learning and volunteering/training placements for unemployed and adults with special needs.

Bookmarks: Miller’s Mid-Century Modern

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

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"Mid-Century Modern" by Judith Miller surrounded by vintage Mid-century modern homewares including a West German fat lava vase, bright orange pedestal cigarette lighter, small Cathrineholm enamelware Lotus bowl and still life oil painting

In today’s Bookmarks post we’re taking a peek at Mid-Century Modern – living with mid-century modern design by Judith Miller.

title page of "Mid-Century Modern" by Judith Miller with a small Cathrineholm enamelware Lotus bowl

Well, a bit more of a peek really , as we linger over some of the wonderful pieces on display!

interior view of the mid-century modern design Kauffman House sitting room

Mid-century modern is one of our favourite eras for interior design, illustration, textiles and product design…

Arne Jacobsen "Ant" and "Swan" chairs

…so as the pages turned, there was a soundtrack of many oohs and ahhs!

selection of vintage Mid-Century Modern glassware including a kingfisher blue "Drunken Bricklayer" vase designed for Whitefriars by Geoffrey Baxter

Judith Miller is most famous for her all-encompassing antiques & collectables guides which are published annually.

collection of colourful West German "Fat Lava" pottery pots and vases

In recent years, they’ve include an ever-increasing number of 20th century pieces in response to interest & demand.

collection of GPlan furniture including a nest of pebble tables and "Butterfly" chairs designed by Lucian Ercolani

This book concentrates solely on mid-century modern – 1950s to the 1970s being the period generally accepted.

collection of vintage mid-century modern glass vases

A wonderful introductory chapter covers its evolution and influential designers.

collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs including examples designed by Charles and Ray Eames and Carlo di Carli

The movement perfectly encapsulated a new mood of optimism after the war years with revolutionary designs, materials & techniques.

collection of vintage mid-century modern pop art chairs including examples designed by Egon Eiermann and Günter Beltzig

The fresh ideas, and indeed disposable income, of a whole new generation began to soar.

vintage mid-century modern chair designed by Eero Saarinen and folding cube radio designed by Richard Sapper

There are examples of houses & interiors that encapsulate the era – less cluttered and designed for modern living.

vintage mid-century modern George Nelson "Spike" wall clock, Tommi Parzinger-designed sideboard and mahogany credenza and aluminium armchair designed by Harvey Probber

A broad array of objects are included, with chapters given over to furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, metalware & textiles.

collection of vintage mid-century modern glass vases produced by Riihimaki of Finland

In addition, an extensive section covers the people responsible for these wonderful & iconic designs.

collection of vintage mid-century modern fabric

There are about 200 familiar & not so familiar names who are given a short, individual write up.

Mid-Century Modern text

We’ll just scratch the surface by mentioning Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, Eero Saarinen, Alvar Aalto, Robert Welch, Stig Lindberg, Lucienne Day, Per Lutken, Charles & Ray Eames.

view of a sitting room with black Barcelona chairs and sofas

The book is packed with quality, full colour photographic references throughout…

vintage "Valentine" typewriter designed by Ettore Sottsass, Peter and Alison Smithson chair and Ronald Stennett-Wilson green glass candlestick

…and as with all Miller’s guides – estimated values to accompany each item image.

vintage mid-century modern Marcel Breuer reclining chair and Holmegaard "Gulvase" designed by Otto Brauer

There’s also a useful directory included of international dealers and their contact details – broken down into categories such as ceramics, glass, furniture, lighting etc.

collection of American-designed vintage mid-century modern furniture

As well as auctions & fairs and museums if you fancy going to see or sometimes handle wares in the flesh

vintage mid-century modern posters by Saul Bass and Herbert Bayer

The book is well researched and accessible – a perfect coffee table browser or excellent source book for your library.

collection of vintage Scandinavian mid-century modern ceramic pots, vases and plaques

Mid-Century Modern – living with mid-century modern design is available from the publishers Octopus, Amazon and Hive.

collection of vintage Scandinavian mid-century modern ceramics designed by Stig Lindberg

[Many thanks to Octopus for the review copy]