Style and Stories

February 1st, 2021

MID CENTURY MOMENTS

70 years after the 1951 Festival of Britain, post-war British design remains in fashion. The modes and functional forms of the fifties and sixties look as contemporary today as they did in the height of Modernism, and the classic brands like Ercol, Stag, G-plan and Hille are not only timelessly stylish, but also highly collectable.

In 1998, the New York Times noted a resurgence in a design style they dubbed “Mid Century Modern”, the industrial, futuristic design style that originally signified optimism and a shift away from more traditional decorating styles. From the graceful silhouettes of Hans Wenger, to the warm woods favoured by the likes of Florence Knoll, Ib Kofod Larsen, and Jens Risom, the design principles of this one era, have not only remained in vogue, but have sparked countless copies and reissues.

For us, the style is about simplicity, eschewing excess adornment, having a connection to the environment, and surrounding yourself with fewer things but things that have meaning. To add some mid century modern style to any space, start with a statement piece, say a fabulous lamp, vase, side table or a wood framed chair. These items can instantly change the dynamic of a room without committing to an entirely throwback look. 

Mid century pieces feature heavily in our vintage and rare collection. We love how these pieces work so effortlessly in today’s interiors,  and never fail to get excited when we find something rare in beautiful condition. A good example was the rosewood magazine rack from Rolf Hesland for Norwegian furniture maker Bruksbo, a piece we were very sad to say goodbye to, but brought happiness to the buyer who had been searching for one for over 10 years. If you would like us to find you a special piece then please contact us via our sourcing page on the website. 

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