Why the past is providing the inspiration for current interior trends

published by

Fran Puddefoot

Mid-century modern (MCM) is an American design movement whose heyday ran from the end of Second World War to the late 1960s. However, the truth is, the classic, sleek design never really went away, and it is now experiencing something of a revival. The great thing is that you don’t need to turn your entire home into a MCM shrine – just a few key pieces is all you need to channel this effortless style movement


This simple yet eye-catching vinyl record storage unit is perfect for music enthusiasts. Sitting on tapered legs, this retro record stand features a particleboard frame with wood grain laminate, a sliding slatted door and ample space for a vinyl record collection. £133,

The design of this luxury piece of floor art is inspired by the simplicity and clean lines of Mid-Century modern designers such as Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames. Handmade in pure New Zealand Wool by artisan weavers, the warm mix of cream, brown, orange and red hues oozes comfort. £2,510,


This eye-catching Spiro serving mats embrace the lines and colours of the original movement. Handmade by a UK manufacturer, the design is combined with a sustainably sourced eucalyptus board base and they can withstand temperatures of up to 140C. £24 per mat,


The Clover bar stool takes inspiration from Mid-Century styles, but with a premium faux leather upholstery and brushed stainless steel capped legs it has a 21st century update. The cutout backrest and thick cushioned seat give this bar stool a seriously comfy seat. £199,


This beautifully shaped and proportioned 1950s vintage sideboard has been completely re-designed with a unique wooden baton and hand painted chevron design to accentuate the original wood of the piece. This piece is available now, but the Leeds studio also takes commissions. £1,295,


We love this timeless classic leather chair for its Mid-Century influences and the fact that it successfully combines style and comfort. A matching two-seater sofa is also available. Choose to pair them both together, or mix and match with upholstered furniture. £1,250,


Author:  Sarah Freeman, V&A Homes



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