Mid-Century Modern Design

Some styles seem to achieve such a success that they become fashionable again and again. This is the case of the Mid Century Modern style.

Sleek lines in Mid Century Modern

This style ruled between the mid 1930s to the mid 1960s. However distant that time period may be now, Mid Century Modern is here again with major design magazines noting its popularity and ubiquity.

Thanks to the series Mad Men and the use of Mid Century design pieces in mainstream advertising and frankly a bit everywhere, this style has become increasingly familiar to us, and continues to appeal to today’s homeowner.

The style evolved out of the precepts of the Bauhaus school and modern furniture of the Inter War period. Technological advances led to the application of new materials, forms, textures and effects in an increasingly modernized world.

Elegant, understated look in Mid Century Modern

Perhaps what makes Mid-Century furniture so fantastic, elegant and popular even today is the fact that major names in design contributed to its development and indeed created iconic furniture pieces that marked the history of furniture.

Names like Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen and Eileen Gray, along with companies like Herman Miller and Knoll are worth mentioning.

Its design features include:

  • Uncluttered and sleek lines with organic and geometric forms, 
  • Liberal use and mixing of traditional and non-traditional materials like wood, metal, glass, vinyl and Plexiglass
  • Minimal ornamentation
  • Understated look

The Mid Century seems to be a timeless style. It has given smooth curves, clean lines and a mix of materials never seen before. Together with notorious names in the Design world that are still important today, we have a style that is always present.

Source of information: The Spruce