Mid-Century Modern

Last week a great new book dropped through the letterbox courtesy of Octopus Books.  Judith Miller, the well respected antique and collectible expert has written another great book called “Mid-Century Modern: Living with mid-century modern design”.

Well we love to review a book but this one is just a dream. It is packed full of beautiful cut out images that make me scream “Want! Want! Want!”

It takes us through a journey of great retro designer pieces labelled as mid-century modern, which is usually thought of as the 1950s-1970s.

retro lighting

The front cover is also lovely: with its grey hues and amazing copper Artichoke lamp designed by Louis Poulsen in 1957.

Turning the cover we see splash of stripes as header pages for each chapter. The hues represent the colours often chosen at this time and help to add a sense of style to the book.

The book starts with an explanation of the era as well as some great interior shots from homes across the world.

It features furniture and lighting broken down into countries.

The glass chapter definitely makes me drool: we love our glass here and these items simply pop out from the page.

We have discovered Blenko recently while writing the book and this just serves to prove their decanters are stunning.

Ceramics  follow with everything from Midwinter to West German pottery.

Even metalware and textiles have a chapter with our great Old Hall Alveston cutlery, designed by Robert Welch included, proving that they are a true design classic.

The last chapter breaks down into the key designers such as Lucienne Day and Verner Panton.

Judith Miller, with the help of Mark Hill and Marc Allum have written an informative book that inspires me to fill my home with stylish pieces with tonnes of vibrant colour. They have valued each item too which is a help, especially to collectors and buyers.

Definitely a book we will refer to time and time again. Get it here.






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