Wendell Lovett dining room with Eames chairs
A blend of classic designs meld well in this crisp, fresh dining room, unified by a simple palette and a showcase of glass and wood. Photo by Jim Brown.

Part of curating a midcentury home is knowing how to blend retro items with new pieces. We all want to hold out for that perfect 1950s side table or sofa, but sometimes you have to fill in the gaps with new items. In this 1947 Wendell Lovett home, the homeowners did just that. Here are a couple of the pieces they used in their dining room that work well together to produce that classic MCM look.


Arne Jacobsen pendant lamp

Arne Jacobsen Billiard Lamp

Arne Jacobsen, the furniture designer who crafted the Ant and Egg chairs, designed this pendant lamp for Louis Poulsen in the ’60s. The lamp works as a great centerpiece for dining rooms, and would also do well above a kitchen island. The piece comes in a variety of colors, including black, blue, green and that classic midcentury orange. They’re no longer new in production, but you can find these pendants on sites such as 1stDibs and Etsy.


Eames molded plastic chair

Eames Molded Plastic Chair

A classic, the Eames’ chair design from 1948 is a must. Use them around your dining table, in your kitchenette or even in your living room—anywhere you want to convey midcentury style. Like the lamp, these chairs come in various colors, so you can match them to the color scheme in your home. Look for the Eames chair at YLiving.


Eames DCM chair

Eames DCM Chair

The Eames DCM, or dining room metal, chair, is another midcentury classic. What started as an experiment in the Eames’ apartment in 1948 to mold plywood turned into a successful line of furniture products with molded wood for a more comfortable seat. The chair comes in a variety of woods and finishes, which can find at Design Within Reach or YLiving.


West Elm Dumont buffet

West Elm Dumont Buffet

Supplement all that vintage goodness with a more contemporary piece in the West Elm Dumont buffet table. Though it’s not vintage, the jaunty angle of the wood table legs will fit right in with your authentic MCM pieces, and the clean lines and functionality of the drawers and handles will make it a useful piece in your dining room, or even in the hallway.