Unexpected combinations with serious style. We introduce you to some of our favourite design pairings, duos that are sure to make your space shine.
Whether you’re a fan of Mid-century, Italian, British or Scandinavian design – we believe that the most interesting interiors are based around blended styles. There’s nothing better than stumbling across an unexpected design combination that sparks your imagination and brings a smile to your face.
Although these pieces may have been designed in different parts of the world in different generations, they all have a certain star quality. There’s something about these design duos that means they simply fit together like pieces from a puzzle.
So, join us on a match-making journey and discover a few great designs that we think work perfectly together.
A meeting of mid-century icons
Two mid-century pieces with great stories – we absolutely love the combination of the Knoll Platner Dining Table and the Herman Miller Bubble Pendant. The sleek steel and glass of the Platner is offset by a softness introduced by the Bubble Pendant, creating a perfectly balanced dining space.
Iconic forms & sleek shapes
Understated, sleek and effortlessly cool – both the Punt Tactile Sideboard and Menu Plinth work perfectly alongside the unforgettable form of the Flos Taccia Table Lamp. The minimal detailing in both designs allows the Flos Taccia space to shine, drawing your eye to the intricate, industrial detailing found in the Italian table lamp.
Spotlight on: Danish classics
Would a Danish classic ever look out of place? We don’t think so. Exceptionally versatile, the iconic form of Carl Hansen & Son’s CH24 Wishbone Chairs looks great when paired with classic or contemporary designs, as shown in our examples. Completely different in style, both the Flos IC S2 Pendant (designed in 2014) and the Herman Miller George Nelson Bubble Pendant (designed in 1947) work perfectly in a pairing with the CH24.
A duo of design objects
We think you’ll struggle to name two more iconic design objects than the Flos Snoopy Table Lamp and the Vitra Eames House Bird. Admired for their quirky forms, this small-scale pairing will make a big impact on a sideboard or coffee table.
Looking to create a luxurious lounge spot? Admired by design lovers worldwide, the Carl Hansen & Son CH25 Lounge Chair is a Danish mid-century classic from Hans J. Wegner, which can be perfectly paired with a number of designs. The Gubi Grashoppa Floor Lamp helps to create the perfect late-night reading nook, whilst a pairing with the Vitra Eames LTR Occasional Table provides the ideal place to rest a morning brew. The choice is yours!
A contemporary pairing
A combination seen recently in the tour of our colleague Adam’s home, the HAY Palissade Lounge Chair and Menu Carrie Portable Table Lamp are both contemporary designs with serious style. Both graphical in form, this design duo come together to create an inviting outdoor space that can be enjoyed whether it’s day or night.
Eames meets Tom Dixon
A perfect balance of old and new, this dining setup brings together the mid-century Eames Shell Chairs with Tom Dixon’s Beat Lights. We think it’s a great example of how to cherish the past whilst also introducing a dash of modern freshness into an interior.
As the saying goes, opposites really do attract, so don’t be scared to mix & match furniture styles within your own interiors. As shown in our selections, a mid-century lighting icon really can bring out the best in a Scandinavian style chair.
If you’re on the hunt for your own perfect pairing, considering mixing brands, colours and design styles to find your match. At the end of the day, go with the combinations that make you happy; the design duos which will bring a splash of joy into your interiors and show off your unique style.
Be inspired to discover your own perfect pairing by browsing classic and contemporary designs at Nest today.
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