Trends come and go but one interior design trend that doesn’t seem to let go at all is the mid century, 50s design. People scan vintage stores for sideboards, teak tables and vinyl chairs, pay extreme amounts for an Arne Jacobsen piece, there are tons of reproductions and a lot of our new furniture is inspired by the 50s, for example Ikea’s Stockholm Spring 2013 collection.
Second world war had just ended, the future was bright and focus was on family and home. People wanted new furniture with modern, sleek design. They wanted colours and patterns. Houses were smaller than before the war which meant furniture needed to be more practical. Stack-able chairs and smart storage were introduced.
The string system designed by Nils Strinning
Kitchenware from Sting Lindberg
The style in bullets:
- open plan
- fitted kitchens
- stacking furniture
- new materials – PVC, Formica, fibreglass, rubber, melamine, aluminium, vinyl, plastics
- abstract, geometric patterns
- animal and nature prints
- smart storage
- pastel colours
- bright colours