Style Guide- S.4: Modern Mid-Century

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The Mid-Century Modern style is trending thanks to a variety of pop culture influences including the acclaimed TV show “Mad Men” (a personal favorite).

Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks), Lane Pryce (Jared Harris), Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), Roger Sterling (John Slattery), Don Draper (Jon Hamm), Betty Francis (January Jones) and Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) - Mad Men - Season 5 - Gallery - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

This style spanned a roughly 25 year period in the middle of the 20th century, from the mid-1940s to 1970. It can be identified as simple, clean and uncomplicated, with a futuristic twist. Mostly seen in California, the Mid-Century Modern style shines brightest in places like Palm Springs. Having just visited, I reveled in the mid-century modern architecture and amazing design boutiques giving center stage to this style!

Houses in this style are characterized by “butterfly roofs”, large sliding glass doors, open floor plans with changing elevations and a seamless integration with the outdoors.

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Butterfly Roof

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Large Sliding Glass Doors

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Changing Elevation

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Open Floor Plan

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Seemless Intergration with the Outdoors

Mid-Century Modern furnishings were stripped down to their essential forms, with no excess detailing or unnecessary flourishes, highlighting their clean lines and architectural structure. A few masters who created some timeless, quintessential pieces include:

Charles & Ray Eames: the Molded Fiberglass Armchair, designed for Herman Miller

Fiberglass chair

Harry Bertoia: the Diamond Chair

Diamond Chair

Arne Jacobsen: the Egg Chair

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Le Corbusier: the LC-4 Chaise Longue

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Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe: the Barcelona Chair

Barcelona Chair

Eero Saarinen: the Womb Chair

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Iconic pieces like these can still be found integrated into today’s homes. Originals are of course extremely costly and sought after, but impressive knock-offs are easily available as well.

Re-creating the Mid-Century Modern look in your home is not trivial. Most people don’t want to live in a home that looks like it’s from another era. I’ll show you examples of how to get a retro-inspired look without feeling like you’re living in a time capsule.

Inspiration Photos – Mid-Century Modern Done Right!

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Modern Mid-Centruy Accessories/Furniture Pieces

If you dont want an all-out Mid-Century Modern style in your home, intergrate one or two of these pieces into yuor room for a modern eclectic look.

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This piece could be used as a buffet in your dining room or even a TV console.

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This lamp has a great shape and would look amazing just about anywhere!

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Modern Mid-Century was known for bright, bold patterns. I love this one because its colors and pattern are extremely relevant today.

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Remeniscent of the Eames Lounge Chair (1956), this office chair would be a great addition to any desk!

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The hexagonal pattern seen here is a popular one for this style.

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How fun is this multi-tierd table?

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The sunburst light fixture has become extremely popular in homes of all styles. This fixture brings a whimsy modern touch to any room.

 

 

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