Mid-Century Modern Living

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words mid-century modern?

Retro? The fifties? James Bond films? Or even the television show Mad Men?

Mid-century modern is a broad term used to describe architecture, graphic design, and furniture from the middle of the 20th century (roughly from the 40’s-70’s). While Mad Men is an obvious example of the style, you’ve probably seen it around a lot more than you even realized. It’s frequently used in advertisements, television, film, and talk shows.

A style with roots from the post-World War I era where trends shifted into a fresh, new aesthetic to help boost America into a more modern era. Furniture was designed to be simple and clean, allowing it to be built quickly and distributed to consumers. Overall style and frames featured clean lines with sometimes multi-functional benefits and bold geometric designs, strong patterns, and graphics; a nice blend between comfort and chic style.

Here at Red Knot we carry a lot of transitional pieces, many of which have mid-century modern features like – tufted detailing, tapered wooden legs, and clean lines. Although the retro style won’t be for everyone, it does conjure up images of casual living for the minimalist at heart that is truly timeless.

Here are some important features of a mid-century modern room:

-Lots of wood

  • Look at any mid-century modern living room and one thing you’ll notice in all of them is the wood pieces. Whether it be the coffee table, sideboard, or TV stand the use of clean, beautifully crafted wood was predominantly used (a lot of teak, oak, walnut, etc).

-Tapered Legs

  • A lot of mid-century modern pieces have wooden legs that taper slightly out which gives any piece of furniture a more vintage look.

-Graphic/bold patterns

  • Bold, graphic patterns were very popular back in the good ol’ days, mostly with a more geometric design element. If having your sofa or accent chair in a patterned fabric is a bit much, then using art work is an easy way to add this fun element to your mid-century modern room.

-White paint

  • People of this era and style were very proud of the craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into their furniture. The best way to showcase that and keep the attention on their furniture was to keep walls light and simple with a coat of fresh white paint.

-Special touch: bar area

  • Having a tiny bar area goes perfectly with the era of this design trend…so why not? While not all of us can have a built in bar for our home, adding a small bar cart to set the mood can add the perfect finishing touch to your living or dining room.

Here are some of the pieces we carry at Red Knot!

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  1. Indiana Sectional | $1399
  2. Triangle Coffee Table | $349
  3. Maguire Chair* | $699
  4. Walton Sofa* | $599
  5. Amersly Bench* | $349
  6.  Palisades Coffee Table* | $249
  7. Natalia Sofa* | $1149
  8. Bloom Sofa | $899

*Collection available in other options. Pricing may vary. Please inquire online or see a team member in store for more information.

2016 Pantone Color(s) of the Year

(Belated) Happy New Year, everyone!  It’s been two weeks into the new year and we hope that you are having a fantastic 2016 so far!

With so many exciting new developments within our stores, 2016 is dubbed as the year of “change”.  Through innovation and continuous improvement, this year we are going to have a lot of new and exciting ventures to look forward to.

Speaking of “change” and “exciting” things, in regards to design, the new year calls for a fresh new hue by the world’s color authority, Pantone.   Last year we were introduced to the color Marsala.  This year, for the first time in history, Pantone announced not just one, but two colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity.  Yep, twins!

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Rose Quartz and Serenity are shades of light pink and light blue.  A unisex palette, the colors were selected as a response to our societal movement towards gender equality.  Pantone explained that selecting two colors challenged traditional perceptions about color association.  The colors offer a touch of sophistication and relaxation.

“Joined together Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” – Leatrice Eisemen Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute.

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In home decor they make great accent colors in dark or light colored rooms.  They can also bring a rustic farmhouse look when paired with gray.  If you’re feeling beachy, rose quartz and serenity can create a soft feeling of sunset on the beach.  I’ve seen them, and pink sunsets are one of the most beautiful works of nature.  

The colors are unassuming and as a pair brings an essence of inner peace and tranquility –  vital factors in creating your home sweet home.

What do you think of Rose Quartz and Serenity?

(Photo Sources: sephora.com, hairstyles-expert.com, allmodern.com, imgmodels.com, lookastic.com, imagelab, resourcefurniture.com, ethanallan.com, freytagsflorist.com)

 

A Day At The Museum

Ever since I was a child, I’ve always been fascinated by art and all it’s splendid forms. There are no rules you have to follow and no limits to what your imagination can create. Hawaii has always been a breeding ground for creativity and art thanks to it’s natural beauty.

It’s interesting how when most of my friends and I were little kids, museums were one of those field trips we hated going on because we thought it was sooo boring. Now as the years go by, myself and my millennial generation are starting to embrace art and culture with open arms.

For over a year now, on my way to work, I’ve driven past The Honolulu Museum of Art. The other week I finally decided it was time for a visit, so I enlisted the help of my fellow Red Knot ladies to take a field trip with me.  After a short walk just a few minutes away from Red Knot’s downtown location, we arrived at our destination.

The outside is just as stunning as the art within. There are a few courtyards throughout the grounds styled after the collections that surround it. Our favorite was definitely the Chinese courtyard with a Koi pond in the middle.

The art itself is organized by the different continents and cultures; we opted to start off in Europe and make our way over to Asia before taking a walk through the Contemporary art collection (very in sync with the Red Knot style). Each collection had its own unique style that made it beautiful – while much of the European art had a soft and ethereal feel to it, a lot of the Asian art had more vibrancy. My personal favorite was the 17th and 18th century European collections – particularly the portraits. The museum also had great furniture pieces scattered around that definitely caught the eye of us Knotzillas!

Museums like this one aren’t just a place to see art. It’s a way to explore history and time travel through the vision of these artists. Make sure to grab a map before starting your journey for easier navigation through each collection, especially if you want to view something in particular. It can be easy to get lost…although some people probably wouldn’t mind that!

We took a quick stop by the museum shop and picked up a few things to commemorate our visit before sitting down for a delicious lunch at the Cafe. Admission is $10 for adults to the museum but it’s free if you want to just stop by the shop or cafe, which I would definitely go to again! If you’re a fan of collecting postcards like I am, they have a great selection designed with some of the pieces featured in the museum.

If you’re interested in art, history, or even just some time to yourself to reflect on life, I would definitely recommend stopping by The Honolulu Museum Of Art.

If you can make it any time before April, I’d also recommend you take a look at their new exhibit Harajuku: Tokyo Street Fashion. Our uber fashionable team leader wouldn’t let us leave without taking a peek and it was definitely worth the extra stop after our lunch.

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