5 + 1 Offer from Vitra | Design News

Vitra just launched this great offer for the Summer: buy 5 chairs, get one for free!

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Bring the colours of summer to your table: When you purchase five chairs from the modelsJillHALEames Wire ChairEames Plastic Chair DSWTip Ton or Basel Chair between 1 April and 31 August 2014, you will receive the sixth chair as a free gift at selected dealers.

From Vitra:

The dining room table is the heart of every home: old and young, family and friends all gather around the table to eat, play, have coffee and cake, do homework, talk, celebrate birthdays, do handicrafts, work or come together for festive occasions. As a family table, it is a place of enjoyment and relaxation. It also facilitates communication. Many important daily social interactions take place at dining room tables – across all cultures, regardless of what differences may exist.

And that is why dining tables and their chairs deserve some special attention. How big should the table be? What material is preferred? What colour? And what chairs match both one’s taste and the table?

Vitra offers a wide range of dining table chairs and dining tables in an array of materials and colours. Many additional fresh versions are also now available – and since they are all part of the new Vitra colour library and feature complementary colours, they can be mixed and matched. And this means that just the right combination can be found for all kinds of dining rooms.

Via Vitra

Style Tips: 1950s

Like pretty much anyone else working with interior design and architecture, I am a big fan of the 1950s. Much like nowadays, mid-century modern homes were open and airy with bright interiors. The simple and clean lines of the architecture were complemented by rounded geometrical shapes found in furniture, lighting and textile patterns, wooden panelings and a fantastic color palette composed of cheerful pastel tones. At around that time, many designers began creating mass produced furniture using new materials such as plastic, glass, and plexiglass, while other materials, such as linoleum and formica, became increasingly popular, bringing even more color and texture into the homes.

Although a lot toned down, the creativity and designs emerging from that time are just as popular now as they were back then. Classic pieces are still being edited nowadays, such as the designs by Ray and Charles Eames, Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, just to mention a few, as well as the many new designs influenced by them.

And here are some tips to get the elegant mid-century look without having to burst out the formica and linoleum! Enjoy! 

 1950s style tips products

Get the look:

1. Colourful glass vases by LSA

2. George nelson spindle wall clock by Vitra

3. The Wishbone Chair, designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1949, and it has been in continuous production since 1950.

4. Pair of Upholstered Wooden Chairs by Pierre Guariche

5. Wallpaper by MissPrint

6. Becky Bird Cushion at John Lewis

7. Dream piece lounge chair and ottoman by Ray and Charles Eames for Herman Miller

8. Inspired by mid-century designs, we created small-scale Anson for modern living.

Formica Sunrise Catalog - 1950s color palette

Images from back then:

1. The iconic Eames House remains a reference for mid-century modern architecture

2 and 3. 1950s colorful kitchens via Retro Novation

4. Mid-century parties: 1950s via Apartment Therapy

Images from nowadays:

1. A home “très mid-century” via La Maison d’Anna G

2. Dining room via Sf Girl by Bay

3. Nordic contemporary via European Chic

4. Mid-century modern home in Tuscany via Sf Girl by Bay