It is always a pleasure to be inspired by another designer and Graeme Fuller’s striking ‘modern retro’ look, created for Barker and Stonehouse’s new autumn brochure, had us all reaching for the bold geometric prints.

Graeme has used a mixture of striking prints, reclaimed woods, chic 50s styling and black leather to create a retro look which is bang up to date.

A good starting point for this look is a vintage style sofa, such as the gorgeous Carluccio from Barker and Stonehouse. With beautiful buttoned back and seat detailing in butter soft liquorice leather, the Carluccio is a timeless classic.

Modern items with a quirky twist such as the EA coffee table with its plate like top and shaped legs stop the look becoming too retrospective.

Graeme says: “This retro look is great for mixing found items or sale room bargains with new pieces”.

This season’s retro look is full of confidence, so don’t be afraid to mix it up a little. Graeme assembled an eclectic collection of chairs around the Festival dining table, including the Tulip and Ercol Windsor, both from Barker and Stonehouse. Using two chairs of the same style in different colours or two entirely different styles of chair in the same colour or material will give the look balance.

Wallpapering one wall in a bold geometric print allows you to create a focal point in the room. Keep the rest of the walls painted in either white or grey to provide a neutral backdrop for clashing prints and vibrant paintings.

Indulge your playful side with a true reproduction classic, the 1950s style Rar rocking chair from Barker and Stonehouse. With a glossy white fibreglass finish and American walnut glides it’s the perfect modern retro rocker.

A myriad of colours, textures and shapes create the impression of pieces accumulated over the years and give the house a lived in slightly rock and roll feel. But don’t be fooled, each piece is carefully chosen and meticulously arranged. You want the effect to be striking and diverse, not haphazard.

The must have accessory for this look is probably a vintage guitar, but man, and woman, can’t live by music alone. Sticking with the rock star theme, a fantastic mirror is essential for your modern retro ‘pad’. The Portia mirror from Barker and Stonehouse is a wide framed round mirror, rather like a porthole, with a fabulous spitfire finish.

Hard wooden floors with a collection of colourful rugs finish the look.

All you need to create your own modern retro ‘pad’ is a bit of imagination and some wonderful reproduction classics, so get creative and dig out those prints!

Graeme’s modern retro look is featured in our new autumn brochure which is in stores now. You can also view it on our website: ( and you can follow us at