Mid Century design to me is about modesty subtlety and democracy. Interiors that feature this furniture have an understated warm serenity about them.
The Scandinavians brought humanity to the modernists. Using materials local to their geography, mainly timber, rather than the chrome and stainless steel of the early modernists, they interpreted the modernist dictum in a way that made it much more acceptable to a general public. Many people were comfortable with the Scandinavian style of the 1960s and hence it spread throughout the world. Many local companies were established to manufacture their own take on this look. It was based on craftsmanship, featuring leading designers like Hans Wegner who was a master cabinetmaker. So style came back the some of the ideals of the arts and crafts movement. Australian manufacturers Parker Furniture in Sydney produced a beautifully refined range of furniture that was well designed and well manufactured. In Melbourne Fleur produced some, well detailed, furniture as well. It is something I enjoy collecting and hunting down that illusive piece. So these images are a sneak preview of our latest project, affectionately known as the ‘west wing’. It is a space that has been designed to house some of our favourite pieces as well as provide a wall of storage and space for about 500 books on art and design.
So I should really call this post mid century serenity.