Books: Modern Retro by Caroline Clifton-Mogg

Du hangar à bateaux à l'état brut au loft familial ultra-pensé, l'écart est grand ! Sous le signe de la lumière et de l'espace, cette réalisation allie tradition et modernité sous les auspices d'une rigueur extrême. Mission improbable, qui a pourtant été menée à bien par l'architecte Christophe Ducharme sur le concept du cabinet Jean-Michel Wilmotte. --Dans la salle à manger au fond, tableau bois Pixels de mer de Christian Nesler. Au premier plan, entourant la table, chaises Galerie Oneninesixone, applique potence pivotante "Swivelling Lamp" de David Ennon, Tools Galerie, et nature morte signée Kevin Best. Sol en parquet de chêne teinté fusain.

I have a lot of interior design books. And I mean a lot. All of them are beautiful. I fall on them when they are new. Dip in and out, sometimes read from cover to cover, and always marvel over the images of stunning spaces. I try to imagine living in these inspiring homes and what it would be like to wake up every day in that city or that setting.

Dans un quartier populaire de l'Est parisien, d'anciens bureaux dénués de charme ont fait place à un spacieux loft au décor chaleureux et singulier, sur fond de briques et de béton brut. Un pêle-mêle d'idées et d'influences avec vue plongeante sur le Sud de Paris. -- Photo de Denis Rouve, bureau de famille, chaise "Tulip", Silvera, et guéridon Napoléon III.

A small corner is made significant through combining an antique desk, a shiny black Tulip chair by Eero Saarinen and a Napoleon lll side table, dominated by an imposing photograph.

Photograper Nicolas Mathéus, stylist Laurence Dougier, architect Antonio Virga

Modern Retro by Caroline Clifton-Mogg is not just a book about retro furniture, design and decoration. It’s a book about working twentieth century design into modern, contemporary interiors. Anyone interested in those wonderful pieces called Retro – not quite old but not quite new – will love exploring all of the different interpretations of mixing 1950’s furniture with classical, rustic, industrial, eclectic and colourful interiors schemes.

Habiller ses semblables, au sein de la maison de couture Christian Lacroix : il continue... Vêtir nos intérieurs : c'est nouveau ! Sous l'impulsion bienvenue de l'éditeur de tissus Designers Guild, Sacha Walckhoff signe une collection d'étoffes chatoyantes, fidèle à l'image de la griffe. Dans la cuisine, meuble syrien, chaises Bertoïa et Tolix avec coussins en “Riviera” de Christian Lacroix chez Designers Guild.

The kitchen is as surprising as the rest of the apartment, with the large, ornate and decorative Syrian cabinet here used as a commodious storage cupboard. The chairs around the table are from Bertoia and Tolix, and the cushions are by Christian Lacroix for Designers Guild.

Photographer Jean-Marc Palisse, stylist Alix de Dives, designer Sacha Walckoff

The sleek lines, the simple shapes, are powerful arguments for including a retro piece in a contemporary room. Caroline Clifton-Mogg.

From explaining what exactly is ‘Retro’ the book moves on to exploring the different ‘interpretations’ with the use of case studies. Think lofty ceilings and architectural details as a launch pad for Classic Mode, rural farmhouses and bare brick for Rustic Reclamation, factory spaces and metal details for Structural Industrial, punchy hues for Colourful and just about anything else for Eclectic.

Du hangar à bateaux à l'état brut au loft familial ultra-pensé, l'écart est grand ! Sous le signe de la lumière et de l'espace, cette réalisation allie tradition et modernité sous les auspices d'une rigueur extrême. Mission improbable, qui a pourtant été menée à bien par l'architecte Christophe Ducharme sur le concept du cabinet Jean-Michel Wilmotte. --Dans la salle à manger au fond, tableau bois Pixels de mer de Christian Nesler. Au premier plan, entourant la table, chaises Galerie Oneninesixone, applique potence pivotante "Swivelling Lamp" de David Ennon, Tools Galerie, et nature morte signée Kevin Best. Sol en parquet de chêne teinté fusain.

A stripped-back dining room in which the retro pieces – chairs – can shine. On a floor of stained oak is the simplest of tables: Pixels de Mer by Christian Nesler. The vintage chairs are a classic shape of the 1960s, and the tableau is completed by a still life by Kevin Best.

Jean-Marc Palisse, stylist Alix de Dives, architect Christophe Ducharme, designer Jean-Michel Wilmotte

There is a grace and fluidity and also a flexibility in twentieth-century furniture and furnishings, so it is perhaps no surprise that the different elements of the style all work so well together, as well as with pieces from other periods. Caroline Clifton-Mogg.

Armed with such a wealth of inspiration you can then move onto the details that count. The furnishings, lighting, textiles, surfaces and decoration, that all contribute to an interior that make up the whole.

Adopter les habitudes estivales en mode de vie principal, c'est le pari réussi d'Anouchka et Laurent Colin, qui ont installé famille et planches à dessin à Oléron. Le couple d'architectes décorateurs a choisi d'habiter et de travailler dans une "grande oléronaise du xIxe siècle", loin de l'agitation du continent. --Commode patinée par Anouchka, applique années 50, cadres réalisés à partir d'anciennes portes récupérées.

Vintage shapes from the 1950s – the patinated chest of drawers and the upholstered chair – are linked by a soft turquoise colour on chair, glass and picture frames. 

François du Chatenet, stylist Pascale de la Cochetière, architects and designers Anouchka and Laurent Colin

And finally living spaces, eating and dining spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms are all explored room by room in detail.

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Modern Retro: From Rustic to Urban, Classic to Contemporary by Caroline Clifton-Mogg, published by Jacqui Small (£30)

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6 Comments

  1. Reply

    ANGEL

    June 3, 2016

    Inspiration is that you give to people come to check your web-site!

    Looking for retro furniture for my own apartment right now,

    keep some good idea, maybe will mixed styles like you shown on the second photos.

    Excited! Excited!

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      deardesigner

      June 5, 2016

      Thanks so much 🙂

  2. Reply

    Aubrey

    May 7, 2016

    Working design! Great quote for the book. Another great piece of inspiration. Thank you!

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      May 8, 2016

      Glad you like it Aubrey 🙂

  3. Reply

    jo

    May 7, 2016

    I love interior design books just to pour over, not that I ever actually do anything practical with them!

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      May 8, 2016

      The inspiration probably steeps in Jo, in an indirect kind of way. 🙂

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