It seems there are many ways one can go in regards to retro kitchen furniture. Astro..modern...diner.."Mid Century Modest" as Retro Renovation terms it..I thought I'd show a couple examples of these with a little background I managed to dig up.
Go Pedestal! Knoll's tulip design is downright awesome. A mid-west girl like me is a little uncomfortable with the modern shapes, but its enough to make me peak between my fingers to take a second look!
Heywood Wakefield is a slightly toned down sexy. It is girl next door, but the soft lines definitely act as a sheer negligee. Subtly hot. This stuff is beautiful! I think I first got turned onto it after reading Welcome to Deluxeville and after reading of her deep deep love for the stuff, I decided to look into it.
Heywood Wakefield Dining Set
I don't know why, but I've always associated the next look with mobile home living. Using the Bertoia chair around any dining table is actually quite badass, in a picnicy sorta way. I love seeing the Bertoia mixed with formal and informal settings. I am hoping to grab a few for my diner style table. *Note to self: Keep dreaming!*
Diner Style is often the most duplicated and obvious form retro there is in my opinion. As "obvious" as it may be.. I can't help but love a burger, especially on diner style dining furniture! They're also really good for card playing: Here I am at a friend's home with her diner style table. The table is really neat, with a crazy design on the top. I just recently bought one similar to this but with a metal pedestal base and its light blue. The problem? I haven't found chairs for it yet! Ghoulina rocks Herman Miller style chairs with her table, and the combination looks great!
I've seen the trend towards mis-matched dining room furniture and I have to say... I'm totally into it! Only because it makes the search for a vintage look a little less stressful. However, I still think you should give matching furniture a chance. It takes more digging and sweating in various estate sales and thrift shops.. but its worth it. If you can't find all those pieces quite yet, work with what you've got:
And because old ads are fun:
What style do you prefer?