home: event [ midcentury fair ]
Midcentury fans will have these events as a must-go on their calendars.
Midcentury Modern know how to put on an event, collating the best of midcentury traders under one roof a few times a year. Attracting both dealers and enthusiasts kitting out their homes or work places, there is an plethora of furniture and homewares to browse and shop. The standard, quality and price range is great.
The next pop up event is at The Kia Oval Cricket Ground SE11 on Sunday 15th May (full details below)
home: trend [ 70s print ]
With a little reinterpretation of the strength of wildness of the 1970s this trend is a contemporary take on the clashing patterns, natural textiles, pattern mixing of the original look.
Bring together the organic feel of natural homewares including wicker, macrame, wood, jute and brick with the richness of burnt oranges, purples and brown. Use fabrics like velvets in sofas, weaves for walk hangings, hides and fluffy afghans in rugs and cushions and mix with earthy tones and metallics in the lighting, ceramics and sculptures.
It’s with the wall and floor covering that this trend really gains strength. Introduce wood panelling effect walls, real exposed stone walls, textured giant wall hangings of rich colour themes and the key to this trend – lots of indoor planting. Use great house plants with super architectural leaves and layer up with small hanging plants in plant hangers and also wooden and woven planters.
1. Trend inspiration from we-are-scout.com / everything 1970s
2. ‘Richie’ sofa in plum £499 / Made.com
3. Koldby hide £180 / IKEA
4. Palm wallpaper £25.33 / Betapet
5. Faux fur chair £89.99 / Maison Du Monde
6. Rainbow throw £64 / Zazzle
7. ‘Miranda’ chandelier £99 / Made.com
8. Acacia bowl £9.95 / Muji
9. Zebrawood wallpaper £80 / John Lewis
home: nice price [ scales ]
Pink is a hot colour right now whether used in amongst a retro colour scheme in the home or sitting elegantly against a marble back drop with greys and pale lemon.
Update your kitchen with this set of retro scales from Wilkonsons (Wilkos) at just £6!
home: event [ antiques market ]
With the weather improving and warmer days coming – it’s time to get back into outdoor market shopping.
Our favourite, and everyone’s favourite worst kept secret, is the incredible Sunbury Antiques Market which has had its home, for now 37 years, at the vast Kempton Park Racecourse. This epic, endless land, houses over 700 outdoor and indoor stalls with furniture, accessories and paraphernalia up for sale. Every era, style, taste and price range is covered here. Nab anything from a bargain 1960s chair for a fiver to old industrial buckets for a tenner or splurge on incredible antique or midcentury furniture. There is many a design classic to be had.
Visit this haven for interiors shopping on the second or last Tuesday of every month.
Next market // Tuesday 12th April
Free // opens at 6.30am
Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury-On-Thames
home: trend [ Rustic Utilitarian ]
Taking a slightly softer approach to the Industrial trend of last year, Rustic Utilitarian focuses on worn and textural finishes – combining hard working materials with a soft colour pallete.
In the 1900s utilitarian design was created for use rather than beauty, but now things have changed.
For example the practical use of enamel-coated tableware and light shades has now become desirable for the home as objects of beauty, but still maintaining the usefulness if needed.
Another example of this adaptability could be galvanized buckets which aren’t necessarily used for carrying water anymore, instead used for storage or as a planter.
The great thing about this trend is that traditional materials are there to be used, whether you choose to use them for function, for looks or both, it doesn’t matter.
1. Falcon enamel dishes – amazon.co.uk [ from £12 ]
2. Rug – rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £80 ]
3. Bucket – labourandwait.co.uk [ £28 ]
4. Leather chair – johnlewis.com [ £350 ]
5. Pendant light – artifact-lighting.com [ £60 ]
6. Copper shelf – grahamandgreen.co.uk [ £39.95 ]
7. Bar stool – vincentandbarn.co.uk [ £95 ]
Mix wood, metal and leather on furniture and seat covers, softening the look with linen and wool soft furnishings such as throws and floor rugs.
Wall colours to consider are cool grey, moss green and cream, which work really well next to metal and wood tones. You can also add small punches of colour like yellow and red – achieve this with chairs, lighting and accessories.
A couple of shops who do Rustic Utilitarian very well are Labour and Wait [ step back in time to find traditional products, from hardware to clothing ], and Rockett St George [ great selection of industrial furniture and lighting ]
home: found this [ Modernistiks ]
Our hearts will always be with midcentury modern design, both with originals and reproductions, and also how it influences so many of our modern interiors *brands today.
We found Modernistiks and it’s like sharing an amazing secret, that you feel lucky to know. This great retro furniture eBay store based in Bristol has a selection of superb Scandinavian midcentury pieces including Danish chairs, teak shelving, rosewood sideboards and leather sofas to swoon over. Their well priced collection is excellently curated and with many items newly reupholstered, the quality of these vintage pieces is incredible.
Have a peak at their store or follow them on Instagram at @modernistiks
*new modern midcentury brands you might also like • made.com • swoon • heals • habitat • west elm • John Lewis • gplan • cult furniture • urban outfitters •