Why we have an endless fascination with mid-century modern
A Q&A with Juliet’s Balcony, Sydney
Part 3 in our Buy once, buy well series - we delve into the world of mid-century design and discuss with local upholsterers and retailers who are passionate about the style and their process for restoring these popular pieces of furniture.
Juliet’s Balcony occupy a light filled space in Sydney’s Dulwich Hill. With their finely curated selection of local and international brands, you will find Australian pieces from Fler, Parker, Module and Danish Deluxe, nestled in neatly with the likes of England’s G Plan, Ercol, Younger and Stag. But, like all of these amazing resellers, you need to get in quickly as the inventory changes quickly.
The favouring of simple classics from the James Dunlop Textiles range, complement perfectly with the mid-century aesthetic. Look to fabrics like Ficus, Coupole and Sahel (which could come from any era) to pair with the sophisticated lines of deep, dark Tasmanian Blackwood or highly polished stainless steel. These reliable cloths will stand the test of time and allow a new generation to enjoy these classic pieces with a fresh finish.
What are the considerations when selecting fabrics for your pieces?
If I narrow things down it's about my design aesthetic, followed by the customers wishes and lastly, pairing the fabric with the individual piece. We need to listen to the customer and find what works with their home decor plans and their personality. Sometimes a particular fabric will speak to someone and it's important to listen to that.
Do you feel there are certain types of fabrics that really speak to and elevate the mid-century aesthetic?
Mid-century designs have clean and simple lines; a paired back aesthetic with little embellishment. Fabrics we focus on are usually plain and textured, no bold prints or patterns. They might be a vibrant colour that will add character to an otherwise well designed "white box", or soft neutral tones.
Are there any favourite pieces or classic brands you are always hunting for and look forward to restoring?
I'm always seeking the most popular pieces. As time moves further away from this period, these are becoming scarce. For Australian furniture we seek Parker armchairs and lounges, Fler and Danish Deluxe. For European brands/names we seek Hans Wegner furniture. The English brand we love is Ercol. Particularly the Studio Daybed. They value quality, reliable cloth that will stand the test of time and allow a new generation to enjoy these classic pieces.