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Mid Century Modern Style Guide

Posted on January 27, 2015 | 0 comments

The time frame for Mid Century Modern style generally covers the years from the mid-1940s to the mid 1960s. It was a period of immense change in architecture and furniture and home accessory design. In the United States, Great Britain and Scandinavia new and exciting designs and designers were coming to the forefront. Today those designers and their works are much revered and have inspired a whole new generation of young of designers. What we admire most about Mid Century Modern style:

  • Organic style inspired by that which came before--Modern design was deeply rooted in the International and Bauhaus movements and the ideals of such design icons as Gropius, Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier.
  • Availability to the masses—Charles and Ray Eames were leaders in the idea that great design should be affordable for all.
  • Function matters—Meeting the needs of ordinary people was as important as the beauty of form in architecture and interior spaces and furnishings.
  • Humble materials made important—Wood, bent plywood and wire were crafted into organic shapes that turned into chairs, table and other appealing furniture.

Recently, these modern designs have seen an even greater than normal amount of attention. Some think this came as a result of the very popular American television series called Mad Men. We think nostalgia also plays a big part in the resurgence of Mid Century Modern style.

Charles and Ray Eames designed and built their Pacific Palisades home. The image above is of the living room of what was and is known as Case Study House No. 8. This house became their home and studio.

The living room of a renovated Mid Century Modern home in Santa Rosa, California, shows off modern style with an Asian twist.

Cool and colorful, this open living/dining space includes a Tulip table by Eero Saarinen surrounded by six Eames Eiffel chairs in bright orange.

Here, orange Panton chairs are the focal point of this open modern space. The appealing and curvy Pantone chair has become one of the icons of Mid Century Modern furniture design.

Natural wood and a sleek white finish are used to create this modern sideboard. A lovely piece of wall art adds a sweet lively vibe to the room.

Scandinavian furniture designers played a big part in Mid Century Modern design. Danish Modern furniture has retained its popularity with sleek yet organic good looks.

A room display of Mid Century Modern furnishings includes a chest, buffet, armchairs and coffee table in beautiful natural finished wood.

A Danish Modern bed with built-in nightstands is a beautiful example of Mid Century Modern style that perfectly suits today’s “modern” lifestyle.

Image Source: TheJungalow; ElleDecor.com; ApartmentTherapy.com; Decora.com; ShopSweetThings; Pinterest.com; DesignShuffle.com; TheDesignFiles.com.

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