Vintage inspiration at the Midcentury Modern Show

Mid-century style is becoming increasingly popular in our homes and on the catwalk thanks to the beauty of programmes such as Mad Men and designers such as Orla Kiely. ACHICA Living went along to the  Midcentury Modern Show in St John’s Wood, London to find out how to  achieve this coveted vintage look at home and here's what we discovered...

Statement Industrial Lighting

The industrial vintage look doesn’t have to be reserved for contemporary city warehouse apartments. Statement industrial pendants or super-cool spotlights work well in traditional homes too and happily light up a corner of a room, while adding the wow factor.

 Creative storage

A little imagination can give you some unique and ingenious storage ideas. We spotted small wooden crates that make a fantastic place to keep DVDs (or a novel way of bringing out the drinks), and a previously unwanted locker that could be storage for shoes in a hallway, all at the Vintage Unit display.

Mustard yellow

Possibly the colour of the mid-century era, a touch of mustard yellow adds bright, cheery warmth to a colour scheme.  We were drawn to this original ceramic dinner set, displayed by Elliot & Tate.

Colour pops

To keep your vintage look on the right side of modern, add some bright pops of complementary colours, such as these candy coloured chairs from Elliot & Tate.


No vintage home would be complete without an original Eames design or two. These bright 1970s DAR design chairs sourced by Pink Flamingos fit the bill nicely.


The wonderful thing about vintage pieces is that each one has its own story, and inviting them into your home blends their history with your own. This upcycled lamp, created by Lancaster Lights, has been crafted from a fire extinguisher of the early 1900s and is a great example.


The perfect mix of old meets new has to be reupholstered mid-century chairs. This 1950s cocktail chair upholstered by OSI Modern in ‘Mohican’ fabric really caught out eye, as did the beautiful turquoise of creation of Kicsi Haz.

Best of British

This London inspired Ercol day bed, found by Firefly House, really tickles our fancy. It was originally designed by Lucian Ercolani in the mid 50s and manufactured in High Wycombe, and has been reupholstered in a one-off London design by textile designer Yukari Sweeny.

If you've been inspired, the next Mid-Century Modern show will be at Dulwich College, London on 2nd December.

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Miranda Mazzarella, ACHICA Writer

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