Mid-Century Must Haves


Sarah Bradley tracks down some seriously cool fabrics, perfect for use in home furnishings for fans of mid-century modern…


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If you’ve got a mid-century modern home to match your classic American car, you’ll love these classy new 1950s-inspired interior fabrics and homewares from 20th Century Cloth.

The London-based brand’s upholstery-weight fabric is diverse with styles and colours, ranging from the atomic-influenced Telstar and fun boomerang look of Monterey and Ventura, through to the more sophisticated design and hues of Spiro. The initial eight retro patterns are also available on a variety of home accessories, including scatter cushions and cork-backed melamine coasters. Best of all, these high-quality products are all designed and made exclusively in Britain.

20th Century Cloth owner and designer Helen Snell – whose family garage houses a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air – says: “I have always loved the designs of 1950s America, and this range really has been a labour of love. The initial response has been overwhelming, and I’ve already got more designs in the pipeline.”

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The upholstery fabric is priced at £72 per metre, while the coasters are £20 for a boxed set of four and the cushions start at £42 each. 20th Century Cloth also has a 1950s-inspired range of dress fabrics and beauty accessories; to see the full selection of products, go to www.20thcenturycloth.com. (chair image: www.sewplush.com)

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