MAK­ING RETRO WORK

Recre­ate that de­signer vibe of the ’50s and ’60s with the right fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories.

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1 CHOOSE YOUR SHAPES

To cre­ate that mid-cen­tury mod­ern look in your home, start with key items, like the sofa, cof­fee table and din­ing set­ting. Look for tim­ber pieces in clas­sic oak or rich wal­nut stain, and fab­rics in muted tones (save the pat­terns and bold hues for rugs and art­works). Choose frames with sleek lines and pared-back style – fur­ni­ture from the mid-1900s was de­signed to be sim­ple and func­tional, with more fo­cus on curves and or­ganic shapes than or­nate em­bel­lish­ments. Iconic pieces from this era are now read­ily avail­able in replica, sav­ing you money on the real deal.

Mix it up Stick to neu­tral shades for fur­ni­ture and add colour­ful pat­terns with a rug or art­work. ON THE BUT­TON

Peggy mid-cen­tury sofa in Feather Grey, $1499, from West Elm. TOP TABLE Vi­o­let din­ing table, 120cm, $399, from Oz De­sign Fur­ni­ture. GREAT CURVES Nova ply­wood cof­fee table in Nat­u­ral Ash, $469, from Life In­te­ri­ors. NEAT SEAT Ekenäset arm­chair in Isunda Grey, $299, from Ikea.

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