As if you didn’t already know, you are one super stylish person. Because, officially, according to the latest issue of Homes and Antiques Magazine, ‘mid century has gone mainstream’.
Now, before you run screaming in search of the next secretly cool thing that no-one else knows about yet, let’s take a moment to remember just why we love mid century so much. As we’ve mentioned before, and H&A reiterates, it’s great for smaller homes – ‘the pieces usually have compact proportions and and tend to have slim and elegant frames.’ You betcha they do. Minimal yet strong shapes and serious craftsmanship mean these babies are built to last, which brings us to another point in the H&A article that we couldn’t agree more with – buy vintage. New pieces by mid century names just aren’t built in the same way, often tending to be heavier, and of course they’re missing that lovely patina of age and use – they have no story yet. Vintage also makes better buying sense – ‘original pieces are a better investment…if you buy a modern licensed edition, you will only lose value over time’.
Mid century has never been so popular, and prices are rising to reflect that. But we know that’s not why you love those ’50s and ’60s models. There’s more to it than that – the ‘bubbling energy and optimisim’ of the designs, the ‘enthusiasm…shapes, colours and patterns from this time are all new and cheery’ – that, for me at least, is one of the enduring reasons I love mid century furniture. The clue is in our name, right? I thoroughly recommend the July Issue of H&A for a good read and reminder of why you and I have excellent taste.
See you next week,