These days, we can’t get enough of the contemporary eclectic look: ultra-contemporary designs mixed with vintage ones, and slick, smooth finishes juxtaposed with more rough and natural surfaces. The dining room shown here is just one example of how you can mix-and-match to create a truly personalized space.
Designer Siobhan Casey of the UK-based Casey & Fox design team chose rustic contemporary furnishings and building materials to complete this bespoke basement kitchen/dining room in Kingston, London. The foundation for her furniture and accessory choices was established by the brick accent wall and stained concrete floors, not to mention the need to tie-in with the outdoor garden area beyond the expansive glass patio doors.
Many of the pieces Casey chose are one-of-the-kind finds. But that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve a similar look with furnishings that are very close in style—and even a couple exact matches—to what she used.
Here are a few ways to snag the look of this mixed modern space:
Void Pendant by Tom Dixon
The Void Pendant is a classic lighting design by Tom Dixon, and it adds a bit of contemporary metallic flash to the otherwise rustic dining space. Choosing one in each color—copper, stainless steel and brass—creates even more interest.
Series 7 Chair by Fritz Hansen
And if we’re talking classic modern design, you can’t go wrong with rows of the distinctively curved Series 7 Chair. Made out of laminated and molded wood veneer, this chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1955 and is produced to this day by Fritz Hansen.
Bloom Chair by Calligaris
At each head of the dining table are transparent molded plastic chairs on metal wire sled bases. We dare say that the Bloom Chair by Calligaris is an even more interesting choice, with the four-legged frame actually wrapping up and around the clear seat.
Oko Post Leg Dining Table by Mamagreen
The Oko Post Leg Dining Table by Mamagreen is a hardy, expansive piece made with thick planks of recycled Indonesian teak on a stainless steel base. It is durable enough for outdoor use, but that doesn’t mean it can’t add its rustic charm (and seating for 10) to an indoor space.
Horizon Sideboard by Calligaris
The sideboard used in Casey’s design is an original mid-century modern piece that she found through an antiques supplier. But, that similar clean-lined, warm wood look can be found in the the walnut-finished Horizon Sideboard by Calligaris.
Pierre Charpin Tray by Alessi
A low, round centerpiece is one our of favorite ways to dress up a table. It’s not to tall that it overpowers the room, but visually interesting enough to top an everyday tabletop. Alessi’s Pierre Charpin Tray has the same low profile as the one shown in the Casey & Fox design that adds a modern touch to the more rustic surface.