Then look no further than the new book ‘Mid-Century Modern Living’
The Mini Moderns Guide to Pattern and Style, by Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire.
In 2006 Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire launched Mini Moderns, the company that specializes in mid twentieth century inspired, applied pattern. They are known for their striking use of pattern and colour across a range of products including wallpaper, fabrics, ceramics and household accessories.
The designs are inspired by childhood memories, popular culture and the designs of the mid century greats.
The book kicks off with Keith and Mark’s mid century inspiration. They then break down the key components that make up a mid-century look- including colour, pattern, materials and accents. Chapters are divided into seven interior looks that explore different aspects of mid century design.
For a quirky bit of fun, a mid century menu is provided to go with each look plus music of the period.
As they point out, no one wants to live in a museum so they show ways of incorporating their designs with original fifties and sixties pieces – design classics with a few bits of kitsch thrown in. This should result in you being able to make a space that reflects you and the way you wish to live.
The Mini Modern Mantra
Build your interior around your passions
– start with your collections and cherished possessions.
Don’t Fake it
Splash out on one original mid-century piece, rather than a room of poor quality replicas.
Embrace Pattern and Colour
Don’t be scared, it won’t bite unless you want it to!
Mix old and New
High street basics make the perfect foil for junk shop treasures.
Reuse what you can
Adapt, repurpose and repaint to create personalized space that doesn’t cost the earth.
The reader is shown where to find the inspiration, the elements that make up the following key looks:
Let the sunshine in
Granny takes a trip
Beatnik Beach House
There is an excellent resources guide at the end of the book. Images from style icons such as Robin Day, Hans Wenger, Lucienne Day and Gio Ponti are included.
This is a fabulous book and design resource that you will want to dip into time and again with stylish photography by Jan Baldwin.