Invite mid-century lighting and style into your home
I love a bit of Mid-century Modern and many of my Twisted Loom products give a little nod to this timeless aesthetic, even the knob on our Bella Bathroom Bin lid!
Let’s shine a light (excuse the pun) on Mid Century lighting and consider the wonderful shapes and materials in use.
The mid-century style seems to be a timeless trend that continues to captivate homeowners and designers today. Embracing the post-war optimism and technological advancements of the 1950s and 60s, mid-century modern lighting is characterised by its clean lines, geometric shapes, and use of innovative materials like brass, chrome, and glass.
Key elements of Mid-Century Modern Lighting:
- Geometric shapes: Circles, squares, and spheres were all popular motifs in mid-century modern lighting. Think Sputnik chandeliers, drum pendants, cone-shaped table lamps and elongated floor lamps.
- Natural materials: While metals like brass and chrome were widely used, natural materials like wood and glass added warmth and texture to the lighting designs. Look for teak accents, opal glass diffusers, and woven lampshades.
- Warm and functional lighting: Mid-century modern lighting focused on creating a warm and inviting atmosphere while also providing ample task lighting. Layered lighting schemes offer so much in terms of mood setting and functional light. Large mid-century floor lamps, ceiling lights and table lamps increase visual interest and cast a light upon soft upholstery textures such as boucle or wool.
I designed our Twisted Loom Dinky Lamps with some of these key elements in mind. I wanted to blend shapes and natural materials that aim to fuse functional minimalism with the beautiful aesthetic of wood and wool. I’ve always liked walnut wood and its depth of colour and ever changing pattern. No two Dinky Lamps are the same. As with all our turned products, The Dinky is flawlessly hand-turned in Manchester, England, from sustainably sourced and salvaged walnut. The tubular wool shade is handmade and features a unique hand-sewn detail.
Beyond the lighting:
The mid-century modern aesthetic extends beyond just the lighting fixtures. To fully capture the look, consider incorporating other mid-century modern elements into your space.
- Furniture: Look for clean lines, organic shapes, and natural materials like teak and walnut. Think Eames chairs, Arne Jacobsen sofas, and coffee tables with tapered legs.
- Colours: Earthy tones like browns, greens, and oranges were popular, along with pops of bolder colours like mustard yellow and teal.
- Textiles: Woven wool rugs, wool upholstery, and geometric prints added texture and pattern to the space.
Bringing Mid-Century Modern into your home:
Whether you’re looking to do a complete mid-century modern makeover or simply add a touch of the era to your existing decor, there are plenty of ways to incorporate this timeless style.
- Start with key pieces: Invest in a statement chair or a table lamp to anchor your space. When I got married, we bought an Aero Saarinen Womb Chair as a gift to ourselves. It remains one of my favourite things. It’s also bright red, so a statement in every way!
- Mix and match: Don’t be afraid to mix vintage pieces with modern reproductions.
- Keep it balanced: Balance the clean lines of mid-century modern furniture with softer elements like throw pillows, blankets or furs.
- Accessorise: Add personality with mid-century modern accessories like ceramic vases, abstract sculptures, and graphic prints. I love the wall art of Eve Cambell, which goes perfectly with all things Mid-Mod.
With its focus on clean lines, functionality, and warm ambience, mid-century modern lighting and style is a versatile and enduring trend that can be adapted to any home. So go ahead, channel your inner Don Draper and let the mid-century modern vibes flow!