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A Guide to Mid-Century Modern Design

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So Mid-Century Modern is your vibe!? Here’s everything you need to know about Mid-Century Modern style and how to achieve this beautiful look.

What is Mid-Century Modern Design

You know how to make the past feel present. You love retro vibes: bar carts and chaises lounges. But you mix them with contemporary pieces, which gives them a new, exciting flavor…

Your style is sleek and masculine and completely iconic! Furniture is functional and sculptural at the same time. Geometric patterns and pops of bright colors bring attitude and interest to your home.

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History of Mid-Century Modern Design

Mid-Century Modern had its heyday in the late 1940’s-1960’s. Post-WWII, consumers were looking for affordable yet chic designs. Changing technology also provided a greater array of materials from which to create furnishings. The focus was on attainability, functionality, and a bright future ahead.

Key Designers

Despite the years that have passed, there are several noteworthy designers who continue to inspire others to this day. Their style is often copied and even these copies are highly sought after.

Here are just a few of the most iconic designers:

  • Charles and Ray Eames
  • Paul Evans
  • Harry Bertoia
  • Arne Jacobsen
  • Marcel Breuer
  • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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Key Characteristics of Mid-Century Modern

  • Bar carts
  • Teak furniture with tapered legs
  • Low profile sofas and dressers
  • Chrome and brass accents
  • A mix of organic and geometric patterns
  • Bright pops of color

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