Eth­n­i­craft On­line

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Home & Property -

Eth­n­i­craft On­line founder KATRIEN BOLLEN points out that the char­ac­ter­is­tics of retro fur­ni­ture and fur­nish­ings of­ten vary, re­flect­ing the trends that were cur­rent at the par­tic­u­lar time they were made. How­ever, one re­cur­ring char­ac­ter­is­tic of clas­sic retro is the slen­der pro­file, no­tice­able in thin legs and curvi­lin­ear forms. “Nowa­days, there’s a wider va­ri­ety of retro fur­ni­ture pieces from dif­fer­ent cul­tures and time pe­ri­ods, and it’s not un­usual to see mod­ern fur­ni­ture col­lec­tions im­bued with cer­tain retro- in­spired fea­tures such as tuft­ing on so­fas, or the use of ma­te­ri­als like leather or vel­vet.”

Katrien’s Tips

“There is no fixed way to dis­play your beloved vin­tage and retro pieces; you can turn your space into a 1950s-in­spired scene, or mix and match pieces to add just a tinge of nostal­gia,” says Katrien. The key is bal­ance; “If you’re un­sure, start small and don’t over­whelm your in­te­rior by adding one or two retro pieces. If you like the out­come, you can con­tinue to ad­just un­til you find the right bal­ance be­tween the dif­fer­ent styles.”

Katrien ad­vises mak­ing a vin­tage piece the fo­cal point in your space by en­sur­ing it con­trasts boldly – in tex­ture, de­sign or ma­te­rial, for ex­am­ple – from the rest of your space and pieces. “The al­ter­na­tive is to pick pieces that aren’t so ‘loud’, and then se­lect retro-in­spired el­e­ments to cre­ate a har­mo­nious in­te­rior that won’t come across as be­ing dated.”

Above: The N101 sofa has a clas­sic mid­cen­tury shape with an­gu­lar frame and rounded slim legs. It comes in wheat (seen here), olive or ash grey; priced from $515 to $1,670, de­pend­ing on size. Below: The oak origami tele­vi­sion cup­board from the Mr Mar­ius co

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