They say what goes around comes around, and that’s certainly true when it comes to interior style. The mid-century modern trend is one that’s not only endured, it’s become super-hot property for 21st century living.
Popular for its simple, clean lines, it originates in the post-war era when design was driven by a desire to propel style and function into the modern day era and encourage a real change from what had gone before. This is an uncomplicated, fresh aesthetic, and the look is easy to achieve with just a few key pieces.
One of the most iconic brands creating beautiful and functional furniture that’s spot on for this look is ercol, and in particular the ercol originals range. Some pieces have never gone out of production since first created over 60 years ago, while others have been brought back into production due to the surge in demand in recent years.
I love the ercol bar stool in bright orange. It’s strikingly bold and looks great paired with a bold blue paisley wallpaper – the perfect feature wall decoration for a retro room.
Made of ash and beech, the design is based on the stools used by draughtsmen to sit at their drawing boards in the ercol design studio in the 1950s. It’s been brought up to date to make a stool that’s ideal at the breakfast bar and perfect for use in any modern kitchen.
For the dining room, I think the Deakin table with six white ‘pop’ chairs is a great centrepiece for achieving this look. It works really well when offset by a bold geometric rug and bright accessories. I’m a big fan of the sunshine yellow that the BB1 Pendant light comes in – it really brightens up a room and adds a fun splash of colour. Mirror the tone in accessories such as vases, plates or cushions to pull together the look. The Sunflower Wall clock is spot on and would provide a fun focal point for the room.
Every dining table needs a place to show off some interesting vases and store dining ware, and the classic design of the Charlbury sideboard is an ideal piece for achieving mid-century styling, with its hints of both retro and Scandinavian design. Crafted from American oak, the pared-back, functional design is spot-on for this style.
Why not invest in a retro dinnerware set? There are plenty to be found at auction houses and antique fairs, but for a completely new set styled on the sixties design, I love the Denby Heritage collection which adds a really rustic feel. My favourite is the Orchard set with its pretty floral design in blue and green.
For a final, finishing touch, opt for some colourful pop art or perhaps a few potted plants reminiscent of sixties style – the classic cheese plant springs to mind here. Ultimately, mid-century style is all about form and function combined with a sense of fun, and it’s most certainly an interior style that’s here to stay.