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Refresh a room with a cool mid-century look

In this publicity image provided by Crate and Barrel, the nubby, retro plaid upholstery on a Donegal chair, part of a fall 2012 trend toward textured menswear fabrics, is shown.
In this publicity image provided by Crate and Barrel, the nubby, retro plaid upholstery on a Donegal chair, part of a fall 2012 trend toward textured menswear fabrics, is shown.
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ST. LOUIS — After the bloated siege of the overstuffed couch, the “chair and a half” and mountainous mattresses, the sleek and sexy era of midcentury modern is back with a vengeance. A slew of vintage stores cater almost exclusively to the era, and big-box stores from Kmart to Crate & Barrel have knock-off versions of low-profile sofas and slick nesting tables. Midcentury modern is as persistent as ’80s music in the realm of things ...

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