8 ways to give your space a modern mid-century look

Mad Men flair meets contemporary craft in the latest furniture and accessories

Some call it The New Retro, but for us, the sleek, crisp looks of mid-century furniture and accessories have never gone out of style. And with designers now looking to the Fifties for inspiration, Livingetc has pulled together eight fabulous ways of creating the Don Draper effect in any modern home.

1. Remake, remodel


With their pinched waists, these elegant stools echo the silhouette of Dior’s New Look.
Groove stoneware vessel; and Flared stoneware jug, Abigail Ahern. M.a.s.s.a.s./Fishbone coffee table, Patricia Urquiola for Moroso.

2. Slide over here…


A low-slung sofa always adds a louche line.
Series One sofa, Another Country. Clessidra stools, Mario Botta for Riva 1920. Museum frames, Retrouvius.

3. Latest edition


Chrome furniture has long been a staple of a modern scheme. Classic tubular designs make way for the 21st century’s sleeker shapes.
Helen chair, Antonio Citterio for Flexform. Loop mirror, Paul Blease at Noble & Wood. D.754.1 rug, Giò Ponti for Molteni&C.

4. Open bar


Cocktail hour makes a comeback, courtesy of this updated drinks trolley.
Chariot kitchen trolley, GamFratesi for Casamania. Litha #3 rug, OeO for Stellar Works. Umbrella stand, Method Studio.

5. Wright approach


Glazed ceramics reflect the organic architecture of the modernist era. An acid yellow shade offers an instant update.
Boublé table lamp in Reactive Moss with felt shade in Acid Yellow, Andrew & Sarah Hills for Porta Romana. Guggenheim Museum sculpture, Chisel & Mouse at John Lewis. Asya console table, Marelli & Molteni for Porada at Chaplins.

6. Dining club


Pull up a chair… Tupperware parties make a comeback for the selfie generation.
Nagasaki chair in Yellow, Mathieu Matégot for Gubi. Ester chair with armrests; and Ester chair, Stefano Bigi for Porada. Beetle chair in Green, GamFratesi for Gubi at Viaduct. Aiken dining table, Conran for M&S.

7. Record number


With its sharp angles and rich texture, this pyramid-shaped étagère is just the job for displaying period collectables.
Claude étagère and two-drawer storage set, Jonathan Adler. The Player turntable; and Keepsake turntable, Crosley at Urban Outfitters. Spot hooks, Paul Blease for Noble & Wood.

8. Abstract moves


Nothing catches the eye quite like graphic pattern fabric – even more striking worked into a statement screen.
Hepburn king-size bed; and Hepburn bedside table, Matthew Hilton for De La Espada at Heal’s. Clivework screens, covered in Entente in Blue; and Arbeit in Coral, Lucy Clive for Clivework. Solveig floor lamp, Avril de Pastre for Ligne Roset. Adum rug, Ikea.

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