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Design in Style: Mid Century Modern Round-Up

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jul 20, 2012 01:02 AM
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by Cori Magee last modified Jul 18, 2012

We talk a lot here about Mid-century Modern, posting  a lot of cool images on our Facebook page too. But what does it take to achieve this look? What are the elements, besides super cool architecture? Let's dive in... To give you the simple definition, Mid-Century Modern is just that...mid-century. It describes the period from 1933 to 1965 and the developments in architectural, interior, product and graphic design that took place during that time. Today, we enjoy pieces from that time, some authentic while others are inspired-by pieces. 1. Arteriors Macay Pendant , 2. Zuo Terracotta Leatherette Sofa , 3. Mesh Dining Chair , 4. Wilco Dining Table , 5. Basque Steel Arc Floor Lamp , 6. Zuo Heywood Bench Function was important in mid-century designs, with an emphasis placed specifically on targeting the needs of the average American family. Each of these pieces above function perfectly without being bulky and using unnecessary space. They're currently the most widely used pieces when designing a modern home, demonstrating that classics persevere. You can design an entire home using Mid-Century Modern furniture and accessories  or you can just sprinkle them in as modern accents. This living room (above) is furnished in authentic Mid-Century Modern style, right down to the Barcelona chair and wood floors. Architectural materials add character and can go a long way toward creating your design aesthetic. The relative of the Barcelona chair is the bench (above). This space nails Mid-Century Modern style on the head, while also maintaining a good mix of materials. Pairing modern items together, but mixing materials (above) is important and helps your home look collected rather than staged. A cute cat helps too. Designing your home or apartment with your own modern style is fun, but knowing a little about the history of modern design is even more fun! Image: House Plans , Houzz ,  SF Girl by Bay






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