Feb 062017
 

The conventional wisdom about how fashions come and go doesn’t always work. Just as the Beatles made fools of those who rejected them because rock music was “on its way out” in 1962, the fashion for mid-century modernist furniture has for twenty years stubbornly refused to give way to the next big thing. The exposure of the style on the TV show Mad Men has certainly helped keep it at the forefront, but is that really the explanation? You could also argue that our love for mid-century modernism helped make the show a success.

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The original period of mid-century modernism is usually taken as about 1945-1965, although the label was coined in 1984 by Cara Greenberg. Influenced by earlier forms of modernism, especially the Bauhaus, it reflected a post-war desire for no-nonsense simplicity that could nevertheless by intriguing and even playful.Mid-century modernism covers a wide spectrum, but it’s especially associated with furniture and interior design. It flourished both in the US and Europe, especially Denmark — many leading names on the list of Danish furniture designers, such as Hans J Wegner, are associated with the movement.

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The trend ran its course and developed into new styles, but from the 1990s collectors began seeking out classics by designers like Eames, Wegner, Nelson and Noguchi, and new pieces in a mid-century style began appearing. These ranged from reissues by original companies like Herman Miller to cheap knock-offs, but new, creative designers also started working in the style. A range of the better examples is available on The Kairos Collective website.

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By now, the mid-century modernism craze should have died down and been replaced by some other classic trend, but we seem to be more in love with the period than ever. Stylenest explains the obsession with mid-century furniture as the attraction of simple functionality and an uncluttered environment in an overloaded world. Many design experts also emphasise the simplicity of the style as its great appeal. Interior designer Miles Redd points out that “Simplicity is universal and understood by everybody,” while Jill Singer of the magazine Sight Unseen agrees that “Its beautiful materials and classic simple shapes can seem timeless.”

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Besides its timelessness, mid-century modernism is versatile. While sharing a common ethos and look, the various designers, classic and new, have approached it in a wide range of ways, and you can always find something new on offer from The Kairos Collective. And there’s no need to be “purist” — mid-century modernist furniture can be mixed and matched with many other styles, as here where The Evening Standard highlights modernist furniture to complete a boudoir. Interior designer Elizabeth Roth advises us to “Take the time to find the best available pieces with the philosophy that over time, quality will always prove to have lasting value, aesthetic and otherwise.” With this approach, there seems no reason why our love affair with mid-century modernism need ever end.

Brough to you in association with Kairos Collective

 February 6, 2017  Posted by at 7:30 am Interiors Comments Off on Why Are We Still in Love with Mid-Century Modernist Furniture?
Jan 222017
 

Doors are sometimes overlooked when maintaining, or upgrading a property or home. Choosing the right ones, and taking the time to maintain them properly, really does make a difference to how your property looks, how much your property is valued at, and how safe and comfortable it is.

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Why your choice of doors matters

When someone arrives at your property the first thing he or she notices is you front door. Entranceways are so important that many estate agents recommend that you update yours, or paint it, before you put your property on the market. You can read more about why that is, and how a nice front door can help you to sell your house fast, on this website.

Internal doors are an integral part of any room. When considering the flow of a room, you need to plan what doors you need very carefully. A door which opens the wrong way is going to cause a lot of disruption. Also if you are low on space you might want to consider Bi-fold doors which are an excellent option for keeping an area clutter free.

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Quality matters

Plenty of companies make good quality doors, and sell them for a reasonable price, but do avoid any doors that are made from very poor quality materials as they won’t last for very long, and are potentially a security risk. The wood can warp and look ugly, and chipping may also occur. Look too for a good finish.

Well insulated

Obviously a door needs to be heavy and thick enough, to provide good sound and insulation. This is a particularly important consideration when buying bedroom or bathroom doors.

If you buy well-insulated doors, you will gain the added benefit of being able to keep the heat in a room in the winter, and out during the summer. This brings me nicely to my next point. It is important for the door to fit into the frame snugly. Even a small gap will allow noise and heat to leak in and out of a room.

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Safety considerations

Safety is another important consideration when buying a door. You need to make sure that it is made from the right materials. Glass interior doors look great, but they have the potential to be dangerous. Every year, people trip and put their hands through this type of door, and suffer serious injuries. If you really want glass doors, it is important to make sure that they are made of high quality safety glass.

It is well worth buying internal fire check doors. They cost a bit more, but can potentially keep fire at bay for as much as 30 minutes, giving the emergency services time to get you out of the house.

Security considerations

When buying a front door, you need to make sure that it has a good quality lock to keep potential thieves out. You also need to consider the material the body of the door is made from. Those that are made from plastic or thin engineered wood can be so flimsy that a burglar can just kick the bottom out, and do so in less than a minute.

 January 22, 2017  Posted by at 9:39 am Interiors Comments Off on Buying the Right Doors