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Get Your Home's Groove Back - Retro Interiors Baby!

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

A couple of weeks ago I shared with you a number of key interior trends of 2015, one of which was Modern/Mid-century Modern elements.  "This trend is a throwback to modern design elements of the 1950s through the 1970s and requires you to take a key piece and allow it to work with the design of your room.  Think of g plan designs and shapes with their beautiful range of colours."  You couldn't get more loud a design statement than the 1970's, come on those psychedelic patterns!  But we do have love of the retro, whether it is a piece of furniture that has been passed down through the generations or a token piece that enhances your contemporary décor.  Yes the 1970's may have been bright but many of it's designs are timeless treasures that are being re-invented for modern day living. One of the most recognisable pieces of the 1970's was Hornsea pottery. Known for it's distinctive patterns it was a staple throughout homes in the UK. You can still find pieces of Hornsea pottery today, such as this Tea Storage Jar on ebay. [caption id="attachment_4563" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Hornsea Pottery Heirloom Tea Storage Jar Wooden Lid Retro 1970s Vintage, ebay £14.99 Hornsea Pottery Heirloom Tea Storage Jar Wooden Lid Retro 1970s Vintage, ebay £14.99[/caption] These two pieces are a wonderful modern day equivalent of this iconic pottery.  The first is by Sagaforma and the design is inspired by Sweden's heritage of richly patterned ceramics. [caption id="attachment_4564" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Sagaform Retro Teapot, Cloudberry Living £30.00 Sagaform Retro Teapot, Cloudberry Living (Was £30.00) now £27.00[/caption] Orla Keily is a renowned designer today, this Giant Pear design has been inspired by retro patterns and the colours have a real Hornsea look. [caption id="attachment_4565" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Orla Kiely Pitcher Giant Pear Peppermint, Berry Red £25.00 Orla Kiely Pitcher Giant Pear Peppermint, Berry Red £25.00[/caption] Check out these wonderful pieces for your kitchen. [caption id="attachment_4566" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Citrus Bird Lemon & Lime -Glass Chopping Board, Beyond the Fridge £14.00 Citrus Bird Lemon & Lime -Glass Chopping Board, Beyond the Fridge £14.00[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4567" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Retro Apple Ice Bucket, Raspberry Mash £25.00 Retro Apple Ice Bucket, Raspberry Mash £25.00[/caption] No dinner party would be complete without a serving trolley.  I love this take on the traditional style made from solid walnut. [caption id="attachment_4568" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Retro-style Danish Serving Trolley, Wharfside £1500.00 Retro-style Danish Serving Trolley, Wharfside £1500.00[/caption] When you think of the 1970's you think of hippies and psychedelic prints, this collection really celebrates these 'groovy patterns' such as this Xian Comic Rug. [caption id="attachment_4569" align="aligncenter" width="491"]Xian Comic Rug, Kelaty £89.00 Xian Comic Rug, Kelaty £89.00[/caption] This intricate pattern full of rich colours was inspired by Gerhard Richter’s squeegee paintings and part of the Parris Wakefield Additions collection. [caption id="attachment_4570" align="aligncenter" width="448"]Chance lamp shade & cushions, Parris Wakefield £75.00 Chance lamp shade & cushions, Parris Wakefield £75.00[/caption] These cushions would look perfect on a g-plan style sofa. [caption id="attachment_4572" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Dextor Cushion #1, INSPACES £59.00 Dextor Cushion #1, INSPACES £59.00[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4573" align="aligncenter" width="522"]Retro Kaleidoscope Cushion, INSPACES £58.00 Retro Kaleidoscope Cushion, INSPACES £58.00[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4571" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Dextor Cushion #5, INSPACES £55.00 Dextor Cushion #5, INSPACES £55.00[/caption] Another great piece from Parris Wakefield is the Forget Me Not lamp shade.  The colour palette for Forget-me-not was inspired by a historical Valentines card of a girl surrounded by forget-me-not flowers. The colour combinations inspired the design and was a real expression of our love of colour and pattern. [caption id="attachment_4574" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Forget Me Not large lamp shade, Parris Wakefield Additions £90.00 Forget Me Not large lamp shade, Parris Wakefield Additions £90.00[/caption] 2014 saw the celebration of 40 years of manufacturing for Danke, the biggest wallpaper company worldwide.  This pattern was orginally produced back in 1974 and was re-printed as part of the event.  This is not retro it's original! [caption id="attachment_4575" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Danke Retro 70's Celebration Orange Wallpaper, Home Flair Decor £12.50 Danke Retro 70's Celebration Orange Wallpaper, Home Flair Decor £12.50[/caption] Remember those egg chairs?  There are quite a few contemporary versions available but I have chosen this kind of space age version. [caption id="attachment_4576" align="aligncenter" width="591"]Egg Shaped Koop Chair, Wharfside £7390.00 Egg Shaped Koop Chair, Wharfside £7390.00[/caption] From a futuristic take to a more classic retro feel,  and perfect if you want a more subtle look with its soft pastel stripes. [caption id="attachment_4577" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Ergo Retro Button Back Two Seater Sofa, Artisanti £1252.00 Ergo Retro Button Back Two Seater Sofa, Artisanti £1252.00[/caption] Sideboards were extremely popular in the 1970's, this Danish Retro Sideboard would be a glorious statement piece for your home. [caption id="attachment_4578" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Danish Retro Sideboard, Wharfside £4020.00 Danish Retro Sideboard, Wharfside £4020.00[/caption] If you would prefer an accessory rather than a bold statement then these maybe what you are looking for. [caption id="attachment_4579" align="aligncenter" width="509"]Steve McQueen, 1970, Limited Edition, MADE.com £99.00 Steve McQueen, 1970, Limited Edition, MADE.com £99.00[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4580" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Newgate Pluto Wall Clock, Red Candy £120.00 Newgate Pluto Wall Clock, Red Candy £120.00[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4581" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Trim Phone Box Red by Wild & Wolf, Bloomsbury Store £34.95 Trim Phone Box Red by Wild & Wolf, Bloomsbury Store £34.95[/caption] If all these are not groovy enough for your home, then we have a little something extra for where you Eat Sleep Live Eat [caption id="attachment_4582" align="aligncenter" width="539"] Jangneus Blue Spoons dishcloth, Berry Red £3.00 Jangneus Blue Spoons dishcloth, Berry Red £3.00[/caption] Sleep [caption id="attachment_4583" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Danish Chest of Drawers c.1970's, THE OLD CINEMA £435.00 Danish Chest of Drawers c.1970's, THE OLD CINEMA £435.00[/caption] Live [caption id="attachment_4584" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Love Not War Cushion, KICO Products £19.99 Love Not War Cushion, KICO Products £19.99[/caption]    


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