Most of us are scattered all over the adulting map when it comes to updating our living spaces. Some of us might have just progressed into Crate and Barrel and Restoration Hardware territory, while others are still trying to rid their bedrooms of pesky IKEA pieces that refuse to move with them.
Either way, every home should eventually have a few standout investment pieces piecemealed throughout. This is the furniture and art you might spend years saving for, but will probably last a lifetime. These are also the pieces that will convince your parents you’re a full-fledged adult.
If you’re ready to make some moves on furniture that will enhance your space, consider going the modern route. (FYI: Playboy might have helped make modern architecture mainstream.) The aesthetic of the design movement that took off in the mid 20th-century is certainly having a moment again. With the help of the eBay Collective, a one-stop platform that curates high-quality pieces from 25 vetted dealers, we got you covered on where you should start your apartment upgrading.
From the last couch you’ll ever need to art that will make a statement, here are 10 Mid-Century Modern investment pieces you should start putting your paychecks toward.
DORIS LESLIE BLAU MORROCON RUG
Every great apartment needs a statement rug: it’s that simple. Opt for a Moroccan rug with minimal to little pattern, like this Doris Leslie Blau Moroccan rug. Plus, like all good investment pieces, this is something you’ll be able to incorporate into any apartment and home you move into.
If you’re going to drop serious money on a couch, make it one that has timeless style, like this Selig sofa. The color will also pretty much go with anything else you have in your living room.
T.H. ROBSJOHN-GIBBINGS FLOOR LIGHT
Great lighting matters in your pad. Trust us. Having one or two stylish floor lamps will really add a sense of depth and brightness to your space.
ORIGINAL PAINTING BY VICTOR UMNOV
It’s time to get rid of the college posters, gentlemen. If you don’t know where to begin when it comes to buying art for your space, you can always rely on a painting or photograph that isn’t too busy in terms of subject and color. The aesthetic of this 1992 abstract painting by Victor Umnov will look super sleek above any piece of furniture.
PAUL MCCOBB THREE DRAWER CHEST FOR WINCHENDON
If you’re ready to upgrade from the IKEA dresser, put some money toward this Paul McCobb three drawer chest. It is understated, but at the same time communicates you care about stuff that looks great.
FLOOR LAMP BY STILNOVO ITALY
Again: lighting matters. Ditch the Target floor lamp you had in your dorm (I’m begging you) and go for a piece you’ll be proud to show off. With a white marble base and craftsmanship you can detect from a mile away, this 1960s floor lamp by Mid Century Modern Italian designer Stilnovo is the move.
PAUL EVANS ORIGINAL WELDED STEEL DINING TABLE
If you want to be upgrade your home entertaining, stop expecting your guests to drink cocktails and eat hors d'oeuvres on your coffee table. Yes — it’s time for a proper dining table. Whether you’re playing poker with the boys or having friends over for dinner, this super sleek glass dining table from Paul Evans will even impress your parents.
P.S. HEGGEN WASTEPAPER BASKET
When you’re taking your furniture to the next level of adult, it’s really all about the details. This means even upgrading items, like wastepaper baskets in your bathroom and kitchen, to match the rest of your perfectly curated apartment. Circa Norway in 1965, this wastepaper basket from designer P.S. Heggen makes throwing away all of your junk much more elevated.
KATHERINE WINCKLER MODERNIST PAINTING
Katherine Winckler painted this original abstract painting on Masonite in the ‘60s, and it is definitely a conversation starter. Perfect for a long hallway or an entrance that needs some personality.
ICO PARISI CHAIR SET
Made in Italy in 1958, this Ico Parisi chair set will take any living room situation to the next level.