The hairpin leg is probably the most recognisable furniture leg when thinking about mid-century modern furniture. It was even used by Knoll and Eames for heavens sake. But did you know that it was invented by Henry P. Glass in 1941 as a stylish and sturdy solution to the need for furniture legs using minimal materials? Well, there you go. And today their popularity continues, partly due to the current fascination for all things mid-century, but also because metal legs fit in nicely with the popular industrial looking trends. They’re also sturdy, sleek and suit Scandinavian style interiors down to the ground.
Cue The Hairpin Leg Company where you can buy the legs individually in a variety of sizes (for different uses obvs) and colours, or industrial style metal legs. Great for customers who want to transform everyday objects and recycled materials into functional furniture. And this company, which was founded by Adam and Tom, an English design duo who are dedicated to quality handmade furniture, also stock a selection of furniture featuring the handsome pins. They started from humble beginnings, using Adam’s grandfathers old welder, and they now deliver all over the world. And I couldn’t resist choosing a few items I would like to take home.
The Hairpin Table is an adaptable piece of furniture. It can be used as a desk or a dining table and looks as light and modern as when the metal legs were first created. The top is birch wood with a formica top which makes it wipe clean and very hardwearing. What’s more the legs come in a variety of colours. What’s not to love?
This is probably my favourite of all my favourites. It’s sleek and minimal but sturdy enough to support heavy ornaments, and would work in any room in the house.
The Suspense Shelf looks a bit more industrial and sturdy but still clean and modern. It would make a perfect place to drop keys off in a narrow hallway and would no doubt be heavy-duty enough to hold books if you so wish.
This post was written in partnership with The Hairpin Leg Company but all views are my own.
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