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