Mid-century modern furniture and design refers to works produced in the middle of the 20th century. The exact time frame is debated by designers and historians; however, the 1940’s until the 1960’s are the primary years for this creative genre. Much of the movement originated in Scandinavia. Mid-century furniture and designs are unique because of their simplicity and creative use of woods, glass, chrome and plastics. The mid-century style has become so popular that contemporary brands are recreating iconic looks to meet demand. However, there is nothing like an original piece for craftsmanship and originality.
Lighting is the easiest way to add a hint of mid-century design to your home. There are floor, table and hanging lamps to choose from. Flea markets are a good place to start your search. The lamps can range from crazy and unique to understated and minimalist. Many of the lamp shades or designs are orbs or circular in shape. This can help break up a linear space. Most lamps have an unusual proportional element to add interest to an otherwise straightforward design. They can be added to any room as a conversation piece or merely to round out your décor.
So many of the iconic mid-century furniture pieces are chairs. With mid-century pieces, the negative space is as much a part of the design as the actual chair. They often have unique bends or angles to their frames. Many chairs are molded wood or plastic in unexpected shapes. The fabric is usually a fun color or pattern. Many décor magazines pair mid-century chairs with contemporary couches and lamps for a cool, mixed vibe. Embrace the fun and unique color choices by making it a focal point. Keep the other colors muted or complimentary so that they eye is not overwhelmed.
There is an abundance of fun items from this era that can be incorporated into any room of the house. Wall décor ranges from mirrors and artwork to figurines and geometric shapes. Again, you can find reproductions of these items, but you can also find originals at antique shops and flea markets. Many of the art pieces use bold shapes and colors, highlighting space and simplicity. The mirrors can bring extra light and depth to your room, and often come in whimsical shapes. Just a few unique pieces will transform your kitchen or living room. It can be easy to overdo it, so use restraint.
There are so many wonderful pieces of mid-century furniture out there waiting to be found. They range from other-worldly to nature-inspired. With a little imagination and vision, they can be incorporated into your space with ease.