Decorating: Five Essential Pieces for a Midcentury Mood
From sleek sideboards to sweet wooden figures, the midcentury period gave birth to a host of beautiful pieces that still look fresh today
Squashy sofas may be comfy, but to instantly rock a midcentury look, find a design with a wooden frame. This gives the piece the clean, organic lines that were key during this period. Choose upholstery in a soft, natural tone and, to really make the most of those clean lines, ditch the scatter cushions and leave it gloriously unadorned.
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The race for space dominated the central decades of the 20th century, with the Russians launching the first satellite into space in October 1957. It was named Sputnik 1 and it spawned a huge range of equally space-age chandeliers and lights carrying its name.
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Sideboards reached new heights of sleekness and style in the midcentury period, and evolved into an indispensable piece that offered heaps of living-space storage. Typically made in mid- or light-toned wood, midcentury sideboards can slot into almost any space. For a harmonious fit, team with wooden pieces that share the same tone.
George Nelson designed a range of fabulous clocks during the midcentury period, all with names that echo their shapes, including the Spindle and the Eye clocks. This is the Sunburst clock, designed for Vitra in 1949. It brings a shot of midcentury style to this simple kitchen and its colours pick up on the green cabinets, too.
Midcentury design celebrated natural materials and pared-down forms and some of the most iconic accessories of this period sum up these aesthetics beautifully. These wooden birds were designed by Kristian Vedel in 1959 and were an instant success, becoming one of the most successful Danish wooden products of the 1950s.
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