What is mid-century design?
Think Mad Men meets modernism. This design movement, which spanned from around 1930 through to the mid-1960s, centres on quality craftsmanship, a connection to the environment and organic materials. It is also recognised for its prolific use of glass, clean lines and iconic pieces of furniture.
Pictured: Berry Juice by Haymes Paint.
Styling authentically can be challenging, particularly when it comes to balancing decor with colour. This trend lends itself to everything form bright hues of emerald and sapphire to toned-down earthy colours. Blush also works really well – who doesn’t love a good pastel?
Sometimes you have to go backwards to go forwards and this is very much the case when it comes to mid-century design. Traditional and yet contemporary, the Ezio Round Dining Table, coupled with the Ezio 3-Door Buffet, are the perfect statement pieces. The Ezio’s use of Victorian ash hardwood and Tasmanian oak gives the table a refined finish. Both pieces are from Harvey Norman.
The Stella Large Pendant Light from Domayne.
The Oxley Fabric Armchair from Focus on Furniture boasts solid timber peg legs, plush seat and back cushions and a simple classic design which are all a direct nod to mid-century modern styling. Pair with the Amelia 2.5 Seat Chaise and you will perfect the style.
From the expert…
Melinda Stead, visual merchandising manager at Focus on Furniture, says the key is sourcing sleek, classic pieces with a modern design twist.
“Look for natural pieces of timber furniture or muted colours in leather or upholstery with clean lines and a minimalist contemporary design.
“Deep blue soft furnishings look great in any space and will give your home a fresh new designer look. Other clues are armchairs or sofas with peg legs and slim timber designs.”
“Looking at furniture in person can give you a greater sense of styling ideas and motivation,’’ she adds. “You can see how different pieces work together to create the look you’re aiming for and it can be so satisfying when you find furniture pieces that blend well together.”
TIP: Look for furniture pieces with high-quality craftsmanship and functional storage solutions to suit everyday living and so it stands the test of time.