By Karen Parr-Moody
Mid-century modern style brings more to a room than bentwood and geometric shapes. While we absolutely love the spare nature of this design style, mid-century modern can also be as glamorous as it wants to be. Think about such collectibles as Dorothy Draper’s iconic España chests and shiny brass Sputnik chandeliers: Their ability to infuse a room with elegance is beyond dispute.
This mid-century modern coffee table from Maitland-Smith delivers a stamp of unabashed glamour with its Hollywood Regency styling. Three semi-glossy black whippets made of ebonized bronze balance a glass tabletop on their serene heads as they sit on a brass base ($795; B-389). This coffee table is simultaneously decorative and practical, blending clean lines and whimsical details. It would look incredible in any type of Hollywood Regency, Art Deco or mid-century modern environment.
McCoy vases set the standard for tabletop wares of the mid-century modern era. Their inimitable colors – particularly mint green and butter yellow – mark them with a natural femininity. And there’s always an embossed flourish – birds, berries, butterflies – that makes them unmistakably McCoy (prices range from $24 to $58; Booth B-106).
This gorgeous mid-century modern dresser by Bassett features plenty of room for storage, plus style for miles. The two-tone design makes it more interesting than typical mid-century modern fare. Yet it retains a sleek finish by way of hidden pulls on the outside drawers. It would make the perfect addition to any stylish interior ($495; B-115).
By implementing fresh colors, bold prints and sumptuous fabrics, upholsterer Jaclyn Kole completely transforms the timeless pieces of mid-century modern design. Such is the case with this vintage glider that has been reupholstered with new foam ($675; B-208). It retains those mid-century lines with sculpted arms and lean legs, but the fabric makes it oh-so-glam.
This mid-century modern slipper chair in the style of Edward Wormley or Gio Ponti features a curved back and sculpted and tapered legs ($309; B-208). This modernist form has been updated by upholsterer Jaclyn Kole in olive velvet with contrast lime cording (plus the addition of comfy new foam). With its clean lines and dainty modernist form, this chair would be a winning addition to an interior – particularly a bedroom – that features mid-century modern or contemporary décor.
Mid-century modern design offers many possibilities, from spare to spectacular. At GasLamp, there are always options that span that gamut and will enable any decorator to sprinkle an abode with abiding style.
Feature photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash. All other photos by Karen Parr-Moody.