Posts Tagged ‘mid-century modern’

Mid century companion set

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

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stainless steel & teak mid century companion set

We bought this fabulous 1950s/60s coal bucket & matching fireside companion set last week. Although there’s a good selection of great looking sets being manufactured today, we don’t come across many stylish examples from this period.

tools from a stainless steel & teak mid century companion set coal bucket from a stainless steel & teak mid century companion set

The only other ones that spring to mind are a couple of atomic sets that we sold many years ago. They’re usually very traditional looking affairs, often made of heavy brass, copper or wrought iron – this one is altogether more mid century modern in design.

stainless steel & teak mid century companion set

It’s made of stainless steel with teak detailing. It was filthy when we bought it, but metal polish, wood oil and elbow grease has improved it no end. It’s heading off to our antiques centre space later on this week.

Charity Vintage: Midwinter Stylecraft coffee set

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

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vintage 1950s Midwinter Stylecraft coffee set for sale on eBay for Charity by & on behalf of Lindsey Lodge Hospice(ends 21 Aug, 2014 20:37:49 BST)

This 1950s Midwinter Stylecraft coffee set is definitely something very special! We can’t seem to find any images or reference to the pattern online or in our vintage pottery books. That makes it a pretty rare thing! The coffee set consists of 6 cups & saucer with coffee pot all in very good condition. This fabulous mid-century modern set is up for sale by Lindsey Lodge Hospice* based over in Scunthorpe.

Its starting bid is only £4.50, and surprisingly no one has had a punt yet. What are you waiting for? Get over there and bid!

*Lindsey Lodge Hospice exists to provide a range of specialist services to people with cancer and other life limiting conditions in North Lincolnshire. They aim to enhance the quality of life and to support the patients and those who are dear to them.

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.


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