Mid-century design is certainly back with a bang. It all started with ‘The Contemporary Style’ in UK and icons such as Charles and Ray Eames' DKR wire frame chair in 1951. We simply love those muted poster hues and soft pastels shot with contrasting jewel colours and washed out deep reds, blues and yellows. The revival of 50s design has come at a time with increased nostalgia for the retro shapes and colours of yesteryear. The Fiat 500 reincarnation back in 2007 could be seen as the litmus test, with its quirky retro colours, white hubcaps and rounded styling. Step forward 10 years and we are bringing these design details into our homes.
The Barceló Torre de Madrid hotel with interiors designed by Jaime Hayón was one of the first interior designs of the new mid-century style that really grabbed us. Locally born Hayón is known for his playful use of colour, and has kitted out the 256 rooms, the Lobby Bar and public spaces with art and design from his team, in pops of neon or softer avocado and forest green that work beautifully with art deco style mirrors, lighting and marble. That Art deco should feature so prominently is a sign of the similarities between the two styles.
Sites such as Pamono and Sweetpea & Willow with their Eichholtz pieces (The stalwarts of luxury hotel design) are bursting with mid Century design pieces and original vintiques. Habitat even joins in with globe lighting chandeliers akin to those fitted by Hayón in Madrid and muted sea blue sofas.