mid-century modern: (adj.) describes an architectural, interior and product design style dating between approximately 1933 and 1965. This style was heavily influenced by Scandinavian designers as well as the organic principles of architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.
I begin this blog discussing my personal favorite style of design. Mid-Century Modern design encapsulates much of what I love about interior design as a whole.
The Eames Molded Plywood Chair
Much of Mid-Century Modern Design stems from what its designers considered oppression of earlier styles, i.e. the Victorian Era, etc. This was also the age when women more fully stepped into the forefront of the design world. And finally, as World War II and the Great Depression ended, a hunger for change, innovation, as well as simplicity flourished. What resulted were spaces with clean, organic lines, and comfortable, timeless pieces of furniture, both with a slight edge.
The Eames Molded Plywood Lounger
The Los Angeles Airport
The Swan and Egg Chairs by Arne Jacobsen
Mid-Century Modern spaces are about openness. A true space of this style appreciates the beauty of color and natural materials and the simplicity of their positioning. This rings true today as this style reemerges and pushes us forward. With the current state of the economy and with the conflict that brings, similar to that of the mid twentieth century, it will be interesting to see what results in the design world.
Where to find Mid-Century Modern Style Furniture
Urban Outfitters – (Mid-Century Style Furniture)
IKEA – (Mid-Century Style Furniture)
(Authentic and Mostly Authentic/Vintage)
Herman Miller – (Authentic Designs – New Furniture)
Knoll – (Authentic Designs – New Furniture)