Mid-century modern is about mixing the innovative designs of the 1950s with contemporary concepts–a retro update as you will! This decade embraced sleek wooden furniture and bold textiles.

For me, the greatest symbol of this era is the molecular chandelier. Sure to be an instant talking point, these sculptural pendants are fun and glamorous. They are ideal for suspending over a dinner table or breakfast bar and are works of art in their own right. Their popularity has sky rocketed recently with retail and social media outlets sharing the enthusiasm. You won’t be short of inspiration!

Restoration Hardware Bistro Globe Burst & Whitney Chandelier

Somerard Triple Arm Chandelier & Jonathan Adler Meurice Chandelier

Lindsey Adelman Triode & DWR Modo Chandelier

Another feature of 50s design is warm wooden furniture–think teak, walnut or oak–with loud fabrics. The term “mid-century leg” is repeatedly used and refers to tapered angular legs radiating from the centre of furniture as opposed to the corners. Trading in retro patterns for more contemporary designs will bring your furniture into the 21st century.


Cult Living Poppy Chair & Atkin & Thyme Calvin Armchair

Swoon Editions Mid-Century Two Seater & A&T Tallulah 2 Seater

Swoon editions media cabinet

Swoon Editions Zabel Media Unit

The sun burst mirror is another iconic piece and can instantly transform a low profile sideboard or drab wall. If you find gold tones a bit too garish or old-fashioned, why not update this look and go for wood or metal?

RH Round Sunburst Mirror & Ld Shoppe Orwell Mirror

Archer Mirror & Parlier Mirror

Last, but not least, it wouldn’t be mid-century modern without a drinks bar or cart. Stock up on vintage glasses and cocktail paraphernalia to finish the look.

Soho Home Barwell Cut Crystal Champagne Coupe & Martini Shaker

Rufus Side Table

Zabel Bar Cabinet

Andrew Martin Rufus Side Table & Swoon Editions Zabel Bar Cabinet

Top photo credit: Ave Styles