Mid century modern furniture – inspiring retro style interiors

by Kremy

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Mid century modern furniture belongs to the style that was typical for the mid-1940s to 1970 and the style has some particular features, colors and visual aesthetics. Nowadays many designers turn to the mid century style giving it a modern vibe but following the principles and harmoniously combining iconic pieces in contemporary interiors.


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Mid century modern furniture is original and the interiors provide the opportunity to personalize your space which is the main reason for the new wave of interest in the style. Mid century modern style features specifics which reflect the spirit of the time. For example, a typical feature is that furniture is designed with thin legs made either of wood or metal.


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Another typical and unmistakable feature – the clean lines of accessories. Narrow, elongated shapes or pure bulb shapes are typical for the style. Mid century style is recognized worldwide as a period of significant development of design and many outstanding designers created unique furniture which has become iconic and instantly recognizable – George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Arne Jacobsen, Miles van der Rohe and many others.


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Furniture design during the 1960s is compact and low. Tables and chairs are a couple of centimeters lower so that there is more free space. Everything was designed to create minimum obstacles to the sight and when a man is looking over it the room is clearly visible. High feet which are typical for the period also are in accordance with the concept as the floor is clearly visible.


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The main characteristic of Mid century modern furniture is its clean lines. The appearance of new materials allowed different forms and different textures. Sharp geometric shapes or organic curves are the most typical for the modernist vision of the time. Simplicity, functionality and comfort were highly valued.

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New materials like plastic, plywood, plexiglass appeared and were widely used in furniture design sometimes combined with stainless steel or glass. Kitchen furniture designs were aimed at future and shiny appliances and bright colors are a fashionable trend. Again, designs follow the rule of simplicity and functionality- slab cabinet doors, clean lines and innovative materials.


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One of the typical characteristics of mid century modern furniture is the use of bright, bold and vivid colors – red, yellow, blue, or green, combined with black or white. Terracotta, orange, mustard, brown, swampy green also have a good share. High quality of materials is typical despite the light and airy appearance of designs. Wooden furniture has solid construction and resistant to moisture damage. Upholstery fabrics, curtains and wallpapers feature strong graphic patterns and whimsical motifs.


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Home accessories like dazzling chandeliers and porcelain vases balance the solid wood furniture. Classic mid century lighting fixtures are the centerpiece of any room. Unique pendant lights and fixtures like Sputnik chandeliers, spheres, bubble lights, Arco floor lamps are iconic for the period with their artistic, sculptural design and dramatic appearance. Brass and chrome come with clear or frosted glass globes. Wall art is a key element of mid century modern decor. Modern and abstract wall art are a focal point typical for the living room.


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