Modern Retro – From rustic to urban, classic to colourful

Modern Retro – From rustic to urban, classic to colourful

The original title, “Modern Retro”, is by the female author, Caroline Clifton-Mogg. It has been published first in its Englisch version with the add-on “From rustic to urban, classic to colourful” by the publishing house, Jacqui Small l.l.p., at the beginning of 2016. The publication was translated into German by Barbara Meder. The German title “Retro Chic” was published by Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt. It presents the designs of the 20th century in the 224 pages of the opulently illustrated book with its approximately 250 colour pictures.

Caroline Clifton-Moggs gives her readers a new interpretation of retro style. She shows us how timeless interiors can be combined to make both the old and the new a beautifully unified whole. The wealth of ideas presented in the book extends from country homes, through wonderful townhouses and up to renovated industrial lofts. Each and every page of the book is an inspired pleasure for the reader to enjoy and instigates him or her to put selected items in an astounding context that would suit every room in their houses.

What, actually, is retro?

In the first few pages, the reader is introduced to the subject and the question about what retro is, is discussed and answered. She discusses the time frame from when it has existed and what it is all about. As a matter of fact, retro means very different things for many design experts. For some of them, it is more recent design and for the others, it describes the design that was born between the 20s and the 70s. In any case, the word “retro” itself means “earlier” or “backwards”. That is completely adequate as a simple definition and places it somewhere between the early and the middle of the 20th century. Retro style disclaimed ornate designs for the first time.

The engine for this movement is considered to be the Bauhaus school of design that was founded in Germany in 1919. Designers began to work with technologies and materials such as bent steel pipes, shaped plastic and plywood. This type of design was new and different – perhaps that is just why it is considered to be popular even today. Exceptional designers, for example, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Ray und Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoi are mentioned in the same breath as classic retro, in Europe.

Retro as a design and furnishing style

The new interpretation of retro style in “Modern Retro” is reflected in a mix of contemporary elements, vintage pieces and design classics. Clarity, simplicity, uncompromising quality and the love for detail were the maxims for the classic retro designer. Whoever wants to incorporate retro-elements in a modern style has to follow some rules, which are explained in the book. It is only when they are properly placed and combined that they underline the “look and feel” of a room and create a balanced combination, without being dominating.

“Modern Retro” offers you a great volume of background information with regard to collections, elements and designers, aside from the many pictures that are shown as examples of living spaces. While the first part of the book is all about the composition of furniture, the second part is about the “Love for detail” even in smaller objects. With these, it is possible to bring out the features of the room expertly, in retro design style. The third and last section of the book has the heading “Room by room” and gives you instructions about how you can create a harmonious and exciting atmosphere for the different rooms in your house through the clever placement and intelligent grouping of a mix of retro pieces and modern elements. “Modern Retro” is an indispensable guide for all retro-fans who wish to emulate this style of furnishing within their own four walls. It also gives you explanatory tips on the selection of colours or of floor coverings, too.

The author

Caroline Clifton-Mogg has specialised in the subjects of interior design, antiques and landscaping. She has published several books and regularly writes articles for various newspapers and magazines. She lives and works in London.

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Posted on 16.08.2017

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