Why Mid-Century Modern is in

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.

Eames Molded Plywood Chair

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.

Mid-Century Exterior

Mid-Century Exterior

Eames Plywood Lounger

The Eames Molded Plywood Lounger

The Los Angeles Airport

The Los Angeles Airport

Swan and Egg Chairs

The Swan and Egg Chairs by Arne Jacobsen

Glass House Interior

Mid-Century Interior

Mid-Century Interiors

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

Urban Outfitters – (Mid-Century Style Furniture)

IKEAIKEA – (Mid-Century Style Furniture)

The Green Ant179 E. Broadway, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

(Authentic and Mostly Authentic/Vintage)

Herman MillerHerman Miller – (Authentic Designs – New Furniture)

KnollKnoll – (Authentic Designs – New Furniture)


6 thoughts on “Why Mid-Century Modern is in

  1. Great post! (It’s part of my favorite design style too, but I’m sure you’ll cover “Crazy Vintage Crap” in another post!)

    I look forward to reading more!

  2. Cool! You should also check out http://www.moonshineshades.com for vintage lampshades. My brother and his wife run the company and make fiberglass reproductions of lamp shades from that era.

    I especially love the interior shot of the house with the rock walls. Gorgeous.

  3. Hi There I am interested in an Image from a may 2009 post called glass-house-interior.jpg, I would need it at 4-5 MB I want to use for a wall poster.
    I would be grateful if you could arrange that for me.
    kind regards
    Wolfgang Sellin

  4. nmuk says:

    i like the simplicity and art

  5. right now we are using Light Emitting Diode based lamp shades because they consume very low amounts of electricity `

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