Mid-century Modern appeal at Stolz

The American design movement Mid-century modern is an interior design, graphic design, architecture and urban development style that was popular from 1945 to 1969.

Its design aesthetic was aligned with the Modernism movement of the period that included cubist artworks such as Picasso’s Weeping Woman and standout architecture including Frank Lloyd Wright’s spiral designed Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

The style is typically characterised by clean, simple lines and practical use of materials. The inclusion of decorative embellishments in furniture was limited, with more a focus on a foundation in bold design shape combined with a totalitarian attitude towards the object’s function and usability.

Throughout the 2000s a revival in Mid-century Modern design has grown in popularity due in part to popular television series such as Madmen and Masters of Sex; however, its design appeal combined with clever functionality is also a firm reason for its revival.

Stolz Furnishers now stock a comprehensive range of Mid-century Modern products including the Brandy sofa (pictured above) featuring luxurious semi-aniline leather. Its texture is soft, it is hard-wearing and is visually stunning. Keeping in check with the modernist approach, Brandy features a sleek low back design, a timber plinth feature on its base, slim-lined metal legs, plus two leather colour options: Brandi (pictured) and Carbon Grey. Special orders from a wider range of different leathers and colours are also possible.

From left: Emperor supper table and and Torrance side tables

From left: Emperor supper table and Torrance side tables

If there’s one signature within the home that speaks volumes for the Mid-century Modern movement it would have to be sleek and contemporary coffee and occasional tables.

A case in point is the cleverly styled Torrance Range, including a large contemporary coffee table with smoked grey glass top and crisscross black metal frame. The smaller Torrance side table follows the same design sensibility and appeals with its fine metal base.

The Roma Range of occasional tables includes a lamp table, coffee table, hall table and buffet. Each features a herringbone timber pattern that’s both beautiful yet simple enough in its approach. The herringbone is fantastically matched to classic Mid-century Modern brushed bronze metal legs and bases, with shapes influence by pre-modernist German Bauhaus architecture. The combination of detailed stained timber and brushed bronze proves a collection of notable style.

Roma console and lamp tables

Roma console and lamp tables

One of the more intriguing pieces available from Stolz is the Nordic hall table (below, left). While simple in design appearance and materials – MDF with Ash veneer top – there’s a visual game at play that’s standout Mid-century Modern cool. Take a closer look at the timber legs that rise and taper into shoulders that tuck underneath the tabletop. This presents the illusion of a floating platform tabletop, not unlike a museum display stand. It delivers simplicity and elegance without overstating its presence.

Other furniture choices that follow the Mid-century Modern style include the Emperor supper, coffee and console tables, also featuring brushed bronze bases and legs. These are perhaps a little richer in appearance as they include sophisticated brown marble tops in both square and circular designs. While leaning toward a more regal look, they’re a perfect accompaniment to both modern and traditional home environments.

Nordoc Hall table in black and Emperor Console table

Nordoc Hall table in black and Emperor Console table

What Is Aniline Leather?

Aniline leather is a high-quality product. Aniline actually refers to the dyes that are used in making the final product, once the hide is tanned. It is a special treatment process used on the fine Napa hides. This process makes it stand out among the many kinds of leather.

Aniline leather is vegetable dyed, along with a light coating, with minimal extra care required.

Sustainable Australian Timber Dining Settings

One of the joys of visiting Stolz Furnishers is to inspect its divine collection of dining settings featuring premium Australian timbers, including a range produced using sustainably sourced hardwoods. While the many variances in timber selection can be a complex subject, we ‘cut across the grain’ to inspect the advantages in some of these naturally exquisite timbers.


Messmate timber highly desirable in the commercial manufacturer of dining settings. Messmate is a hardwood native to Tasmania and Victoria and the tablelands of New South Wales and southern Queensland. A species that is rich and warm in detail with a moderately coarse texture. The sometimes interlocking, straight grains feature beautifully defined rings. The beauty of Australian Messmate Hardwood Timber is that no two pieces are ever the same. The gum veins and natural characteristics are seen in messmate timber are not found in any other hardwood timbers, making this product incredibly appealing.

Popular Messmate Dining Tables

The Resin River 2700 dining table is one of Stolz’s most popular sellers. Made from Victorian Messmate and featuring a natural timber edge with inlaid resin ‘river accent’ design, its top is contrasted with modern, square edge black metal legs.

The Flinders Messmate extension dining table with a decoratively coloured herringbone parquet inlaid tabletop design.

The Messmate Resin River dining table

The Messmate Resin River dining table


The Flinders Messmate extension dining table

The Flinders Messmate extension dining table


Marri timber is renowned for its distinctive gum veins and characteristics, making it one of the world’s unique and perfect timber for creating fine, handmade furniture.

Marri’s yellow to pale brown heartwood and paler to white sapwood contrast beautifully with the dark red gum on the tree’s trunk. It has a coarse but even texture with slightly interlocked grain. The finished timber is honey-coloured with a distinctive vein structure.

Such characteristics are born from withstanding extreme weather conditions such as bushfires, severe storm and prolonged periods of drought.

The Marri timber used in dining table furniture at Stolz is ethically sourced from Australia’s largest and most reputable timber suppliers. Such suppliers are proactive in working closely with government bodies to ensure longevity and sustainability.

The Luca dining setting in Marri timber is pictured with the Malmo dining chair and comes in two table size options: 2400mm and 2100mm.

The Luca dining setting in Marri timber

The Luca dining setting in Marri timber

Tasmanian Oak

Tasmanian Oak is light in colour, varying from straw to reddish brown with intermediate shades of cream to pink. It is recognised for its excellent staining qualities, which allow ready matching with other timbers, finishes or furnishings and its ability for glue laminating to cover long spans.

The Urban 9-piece laminated Tasmanian Oak dining suite is a popular choice for buyers looking for specific timber detail and warmth.

The Urban 9-piece laminated Tasmanian Oak dining suite

The Urban 9-piece laminated Tasmanian Oak dining suite

Create a resort-style feel with the new Homestead range

Create a resort-style feel at home with the coastal-inspired Homestead range of furniture, now available at Stolz, which evokes memories from laid back seaside locations.

Homestead is an expressive range of furniture that uses a combination of acacia timber’s beautiful organic characters with a whitewash effect to mimick natural sun-bleached driftwood, coral and shells. Produced using laminated acacia timber pieces, Homestead showcases its variegated texture and tones that add to its decorative rustic seaside-inspired appearance.

The Homestead dining table showcases a thick brushed acacia tabletop supported by a solid and stable brushed white constructed frame – options include the choice of a seven-piece or nine-piece dining setting. Each dining set comes with solidly constructed crisp white dining chairs with padded seats.

Buffet unit drawers feature metal sleek silver handles and cleverly functioning extension side-mounted drawer runners. The Homestead range includes dining settings, lamp table, hall table, entertainment units, buffets, coffee table, bookcase and student desk.

Homestead's brushed acacia tabletop

Homestead’s brushed acacia tabletop

About Acacia (timber)

The acacia tree, a hardwood species native to Australia, is well known for its fast growth and hard density. The species grows to thirty metres tall in as little as 12 years. This rapid growth rate produces tall, straight trunks ideal for furniture production.

Acacia’s density makes it both highly durable and water-resistant. These are ideal qualities for heavily-used furniture and cabinets that frequently come into contact with water. Acacia is also naturally antibacterial, which makes it safe enough to use for preparing or serving food.

The Homestead range is lightly brushed, whitewashed and clear coated for further durability.

Homestead showcases acacia's its variegated texture and tones

Homestead showcases acacia’s its variegated texture and tones

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