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After & Before
After & Before

AFTER

“The J Factor”, Woodstock,  Cape Town,  stunningly transformed this elegant pair of authentic Mid-century Danish style chairs to a  contemporary modern  version by using crisp  lime green fabric to re-upholster and juxtaposing them with black on white geometric  oversized comfy scatter cushions. Against the backdrop of white lime-washed walls and raw brick,  these mid century chairs obtain a new contemporary lease on life –  spunky, elegant though playful, modern –  with loads of mid-century character.

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Elnari from Pretoria bought this beautiful pair of mid-century pod chairs, the gorgeous mid-century brown sofa and spunky Danish style 3-in-1bed headboard with bedside pedestals from Moregoodstuff and blended them beautifully and artistically with an eclectic mix of mid-century, Danish and other retro furniture, art and bric n brac to create this very interesting welcoming interior for her guest cottage. Click on this link…to view her self-catering unit in Pretoria, the Capital City. Make your booking now for your next stay in the Jacaranda City.

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Cerina from Johannesburg bought this pair of tired-looking mid-century chairs from Moregoodstuff, we cleaned them up a little for her, she had the existing red vinyl seats re-upholstered (in mid-century red ostrich) and voila – a good as new beautiful pair of mid-century chairs to compliment her brown and white Nguni skin rug.

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Waheed from Lenasia, Pretoria, instantly fell in love  with this very unusual little black & white mid-century cabinet and knew exactly where she was going to position it in her son’s bedroom when she ordered it. We cleaned it up and touched up the tiny blemishes for her before packaging and shipping it all the way to Pretoria. All it took was for Waheeda to see the potential of this pretty and unusual melamine on black metal Danish style cabinet to create the perfect look for her son’s interesting bedroom by mixing and matching spunky retro pieces with contemporary items.

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Retro flash-back…

Retro flash-back… I recently discovered these inspiring black and white pictures from a sixties/seventies interior and architecture magazine in an old suitcase and thought I should share them with you to help with ideas how to decorate with mid-century and retro furniture. The idea though is definitely not to copy, rather to apply your own individual interpretation and to combine pieces from different eras. I previously had many pieces similar to these in the pictures which have since been sold. However I try to keep my Moregoodstuff website current by adding ‘new’ mid-century and modern retro pieces all the time. It would be hard to find exact same replicas but I am constantly on the lookout for ‘new’ pieces and would gladly go the extra mile to source specific pieces that you’re looking for.

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pg-18   Two large matching retro modern arm chairs beside the retro modern timber slatted coffee table – positioned diagonally in the large open plan living room. Note the extra large circular light fittings hung from the interesting timber ceiling. A singular cabinet against the left wall and a grouping of 2 or 3 pouffes are the only other furniture items in this spacious room. pg-21 A retro modern sofa plus two matching comfy retro modern chairs flank the angular retro coffee table juxtaposed by a similar sized rug. Interesting retro wooden ‘bench’ seating created by positioning 4 single stools (alternate colour seat cushions) flush against each other.

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Retro modern king size bed headboard in timber flush against the wall, retro modern bed base made from timber (metal legs) on which a loose lying mattress rests. Note the typical mid-century wall fitted light fitting from this era. pg-25   Interesting open plan dining room / living room leading to the inside garden patio area.

  • Interesting light fitting created by using same or similar opaque mid-century glass light shades hung at different heights.
  • Interesting mix: pretty retro modern  seventies round dining table with 4 matching mid-century dining chairs.
  • Timeless retro modern white wall unit for books, family pictures, TV, etc.

pg-37A beautiful pair of mid-century arm chairs flanking a matching coffee table from the same mid-century  era. Sleek and simplistic retro modern sofa created by positioning slim seat and back cushion against a wall – extended ‘sofa’ base creates an attached side or corner table

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Dining area leading to the pool deck: early sixties round dining table with matching chairs from the early sixties era.

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The current love affair with all things mid-century, modern and retro is a direct result of the mind changing influence had by the modernist revolution which took place shortly after World War II (which ended in 1945). Everything changed after WWII as was evident in the aero-dynamic designs of vehicles, aeroplanes and even more so in architecture, furniture, fashion and life-style in general.

The economic austerity caused by the war resulted in an ever increasing demand for a more utilitarian lifestyle which could be afforded by all. After the war demands for housing increased and sleeker simplified designs offered the opportunity to build large quantities of quality single story and mass housing at affordable prices for the rapidly growing American middle classes. What was lost in ‘design’ was compensated for by the easy living produced by this new no fuss style of building. This tendency quickly spread throughout the rest of the world and gave rise to the contemporary modern life-styles we know today.

Having said this, the ‘modernist’ movement was initiated by master European designers such as Le Cobusier, Mies van de Rohe and the Bauhaus movement during the early half of the twentieth century followed by important British designers such as Eames and many Danish designers who focused on creating streamlined and paired down furniture which was ‘uncluttered’, utilitarian, affordable and easy to live with in stark contrast to the big, bold and often ostentatious (mostly American) designs of the Art Deco design period effected shortly after World War I. It has to be noted that the Art Deco design movement can be described as a natural if somewhat ‘rebellious’ reaction to the decorative ornate architecture and furniture of the Victorian and Edwardian eras which preceded it.

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New Logo Competition

Congratulations Ursula Wessels!!!

Congratulations to Ursula Wessels from Cape Town!
She was selected as the winner of the Moregoodstuff ‘like our new logo’ competition!
She is the lucky winner of a R500 voucher to spend on any non-sale item on the Moregoodstuff site.
Watch this space for the announcement of the next competition!

We will also notify you via our Facebook page.

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Immaculate in Icicle blue!

This beautiful pair of Danish style rocking chairs has been re-invented from faded to fabulous! A little sanding down and re-upholstery in icicle blue velvet transformed these pretty but faded  Danish chairs in to a fabulous Danish duo – retro rocking chairs at their Danish best!

This amazing pair of ‘designer’ Danish style rocking armchairs is in excellent condition and super comfy too! The arms and feet are from solid stinkwood while the upholstered seats and backs are covered in an attractive pale blue fabric which still is in great condition after many years of use. The rocking mechanisms of both chairs are still going strong too. Although the upholstery fabric is of excellent quality and still in great condition, these chairs will look ab-so-lute-ly gorgeous once re-upholstered.

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Perfect restoration of this vintage CARNEGIE & LAYTON scale!

Perfect restoration of this vintage CARNEGIE & LAYTON scale –  pride, passion and know-how are the key ingredients to accomplish a transformation like this! Well done Reg from Springs, Johannesburg!

The scale was made by Carnegie & Layton LTD and was made in England.

The scale was used to weigh items up to 30 lb’s

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Vintage Convert

Mbalenhle of Johannesburg has creatively converted a retro six seater dining table (see BEFORE image) to this amazing Vintage dining table simply by spray-painting it white. I just love the quiet elegance of this Vintage Dining Nook.

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Well done Chantel from Pretoria on the most amazing transformation ever!

Chantel bought the special deal trio of retro chairs at an amazing bargain price and transformed them beyond recognition – elevating them to million dollar status. she recognised the great potential of each of these mid-century chairs even though they appeared to be completely past their ‘sell by’ date!

However, the frames of these chairs were sturdy and solid. it just shows you, a little imagination goes a long way!

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This mid-century beauty was once an ugly duckling and became a swan after being sanded down and re-upholstered in elegant black and white.

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This elegant Retro arm chair once looked like it was past its ‘sell by’ date but after some TLC has emerged as an elegant retro-revival chair.

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This classy angular Danish design chair was once tragically ‘wounded’ with its seat viciously slashed and has now emerged triumphantly after being re-invented. Continue reading

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