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October 23, 2013
We love mixing old and new but there is an art to striking the perfect vintage modern mix. Here, we take a look at the living room of Veerle Wenes and Bob Christiaens who merged the 19th-century with the 1970s. to follow are some great designs to help you recreate this look if you have a historic home but crave a contemporary style.
Wenes residence living room fireplace

photo by: Tim Van de Velde

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Originally appeared in Live/Work: Modern Art Gallery and Home in Antwerp
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The Spencer Sofa from Gus* Modern has a contemporary shape with blind-tufted upholstery on the seat and back cushions for a traditional nod. The base is stainless steel. The sofa frame is made with FSC-Certified wood in support of responsible forest management.

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Cortina Armchair by Gordon Guillaumier


This riff on the classic leather sling chair by Gordon Guillaumier for Minotti sports a gridded back support. Perfect for channeling the 70's. 

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Slot Table by Eric Pfeiffer for AMAC


An acrylic table with a handy slot for magazines can be used straight up or tipped on it's side. Super sleek for a modern standout in a traditional home.

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Bidjar Rug in Enjoy Copper Pink by Jan Kath


This take on the oriental rug by Jan Kath nods to tradition while keeping a modern palette. Shown in Enjoy Copper Pink.

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This light fixture would look right at home illuminating a futuristic living room or updating a historic home.

Originally appeared in Shine On
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Mistic Candle Holder and Vase by Gaia & Gino


Every vintage modern look needs a good candelabra. Like a forest of pyrex tubes, this glass piece can be used as a candle holder or a vase. This collection won the Red Dot Design Award in 2008, Wallpaper's 2007 Best Centerpiece Design Award and the Design Plus Award in 2006.

Originally appeared in 5 Modern Vases in Metal, Glass, and Wood
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For modernizing a historic fireplace, consider this piece by Metal worker Marc Maioriana. It's crafted from 80-90% recycled steel content in his Virginia workshop, where he also hosts an apprenticeship for local high school students.

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Wenes residence living room fireplace

photo by: Tim Van de Velde

Photo by Tim Van de Velde.

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