retro-end-tableIkea is no stranger to taking inspiration from their vintage design archives — which we explored discovered in our story about their 2012 PS collection. This time, instead of simply being influenced from the past, they have revived it. Their new LOVEBACKEN side table is a nearly exact replica of the 1956 model the LOVET. This table was one of the first flat pack pieces that Ikea manufactured, a practice that is told to have started when the Lovet’s designer Gillis Lundgren removed the table’s legs in order to fit it into his car.

ikea-lovbacken-tableThe LOVEBACKEN table went on sale in U.S. stores this summer, retailing for $59.99. With features like a distinctive grain pattern in the veneer top and plastic feet that protect against scratched floors, this mid century design revival would be a welcome addition to any retro or modern home — at a very affordable price.

From the Ikea Family Magazine:

In 1956, the LÖVET side table began the flatpack revolution when IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad and designer Gillis Lundgren unscrewed its legs so they could fit it into a car. Now it’s back, renamed LÖVBACKEN. ‘It’s good to delve into the treasure chest of our design history,’ says Peter Safranek, Living Room Range Communicator. ‘It’s classic ’50s design. The leaf-shape top, angled legs… It’s a beauty.’

You can read more about the history of this design and see vintage catalog pictures in the story about Ikea LOVEBACKEN on the Daily Mail’s website.

mid-century-end-tableMega thanks to Facebook follower Carole for tipping us off to this story!

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Heywood-Wakefield-Coffee-tableThe Heywood-Wakefield company — still in business today — has added four new furniture designs to their growing list of  reproductions made new today.



Company co-owner Leonard Riforgiato, who we interviewed for our recent story on this popular line, tells us the new pieces range from classics — like this coffee table above — to new designs like a wishbone chair barstool. Product descriptions from

One of the most popular vintage designs, the M 392 G Square Cocktail Table is now more useful than ever with the addition of a small drawer that fits nearly-invisibly under the table top and opens from either side! Ideal for TV remotes, pen and paper, program schedules and miscellaneous items you d like to have handy in the den or living room. The table measures 36 inches square and stands 16 inches high.

TAMBOUR-UTILITY-CASe-retroThe M 179 Tambour Utility Case measures 32.5 inches high x 24 inches wide x 17 inches deep. The doors disappear into the sides of the case allowing easy access to the contents. It is ideal today to house DVR and sound components; you can hang your flat-screen above it or place a smaller one on a stand on the top.  We will pre-drill wire-access hole(s) in the back or you can do this yourself; the back is removable with screws. Two fully-adjustable interior shelves are included. By coincidence, the interior is the perfect size and shape to hold a vinyl record collection – more than 250 LPs will fit!


The iconic M 154 A Dining Arm Chair is perhaps the most recognizable Heywood-Wakefield chair. In response to many requests, we’ve added this great M 154 A-HS Bar-Stool to our line-up. Measuring 30 inches from the floor to the seating area, it features the same instantly-recognizable open backrest and undulating back leg, which is a one-piece solid-wood upright. The entire stool is solid 100% North American birch. Black or red upholstery fabric is included with the stool, or you may specify your fabric or one of ours instead. If you choose this option, the cost of the fabric is extra but installation of the fabric is included. Just send it to us!


The pre-WWII C2927 – End Table, originally in production from 1936-38, is a very functional and useful piece for any room, but especially so where space is at a premium. It has a 21″ x 11″ footprint, and stands 21″ high. Fits great with any room featuring and Art Deco motif.

Leonard tells me that there are more new designs in the works, including the option to buy replacement parts.

Disclosure: Heywood-Wakefield is currently an advertiser here — but this story is not part of the deal or anything.

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Modern-Fabrics-buildingModern Fabrics LogoIf you need to reupholster a piece of vintage furniture, here’s what sounds like a great source for mid century modern style fabrics by major designers at discount prices. We’ve just discovered Modern Fabrics, which  sources up to 1,000 bolts of discarded fabric every week from the excess generated during the manufacture of luxury residential and commercial furniture. They sell this remnant yardage — available in quantities from one yard to 15+ yards — at a discount of 40-60% off the retail price.  Because today’s high-end furniture market is so mid century modern mad, quite a few of the upholstery fabric designs we see on the website look like they would be great for retro upholstery projects. 

Modern Upholstery FabricsFrom the press release:

Since 2007, James and Ewa Powell have been reclaiming designer textiles — not just scraps, but also bolts of leftovers. The Powells, owners of Modern Fabrics, collect and sell these fabrics at a 40 to 60 percent discount through their website ( and storefront in Charlotte, NC.

In the early days, the couple found themselves dumpster diving to rescue discarded excess fabrics but today they are exclusive buyers at many outlets. “We’re no longer driving around in our Subaru begging for fabric,” James says. “We’ve forged long-term business relationships and positioned ourselves as a company that wants — and gets — the best fabrics.”

Modern Fabrics sources up to 1,000 bolts of discarded fabric every week from the excess generated during the manufacture of luxury residential and commercial furniture. These fabrics are brand new, immediately ready to be reused for furniture, cushions, craft or interior design projects.

James says, “Some companies, such as Knoll, Maharam and Herman Miller, are ahead of the curve, understanding the importance of showing the provenance of a fabric.”

rolls-of-fabricAt Modern Fabrics, they go to great lengths to ID the fabrics, noting the textile brands, patterns, colorways, collections, fabric content, and origin, making it easier to find fabrics by specific designers, favorite patterns, or old favorites that have been discontinued.

The company operates a 6,000 square-foot shop in Charlotte’s SouthEnd neighborhood and a warehouse in nearby Lincolnton, NC.

We found their website to be well organized and super easy to navigate. Nice!

Good news for anyone looking for high quality mid century modern or retro design upholstery fabric to recover their vintage finds.

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