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Midcentury Modern

A Future Aesthetic – A Dynamic Past

What is Midcentury Modern?

The recent resurgence of the popularity of Midcentury Modern design inspired us to dedicate a portion of our website to this aesthetic. From the iconic homes to the sought after original furniture designs, and even homes-tours allowing a full immersion into the style, there is no doubt – Midcentury is on a roll. From time to time we intend to highlight this futuristic aesthetic from the past. We hope you enjoy!

What is Midcentury Modern design? American designs featured Modern, futuristic looks. Although some recognize Midcentury Modern design as a period beginning as early as the 1930’s. Most agree the sweet spot for this iconic style in America was the 50’s and 60’s and was influenced by German Bauhaus design of the 20’s and 30’s and the clean lines of the Danish Modernist movement of the 40’s through 60’s.

Hallmarks of Midcentury Modern furniture design included clean lines, organic and geometric shapes, futuristic – yet relatively simple – designs with a lack of extraneous embellishments. Midcentury home architecture often features integration with nature, large windows and open floor plans allowing for plenty of natural light to enter the home.

In the 1980’s and ‘90’s Midcentury Modern experienced a resurgence as consumers and collectors alike clamored for vintage pieces – often at very steep prices. Well-made yet less pricey reproductions also emerged. Some companies even reissued original designs, such as Herman Miller under the line Herman Miller for the Home. And once reissued pieces became available directly to the consumer, it was clear Midcentury Modern wasn’t going anywhere.

Recent Midcentury Modern Posts

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The Home Bar – Mid-Century Modern Style

The home bar is actually a mid-century gift to us all! As WWII came to a close and soldiers returned home, thousands of new neighborhoods…
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Commercial Mid-Century Modern Buildings Around Kansas City

Many public buildings constructed during the two decades following the end of WWII showcase mid-century modern design aesthetics from a unique perspective. While they share…
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Mid-Century Modern Home Office Design

Having a space where you can be your most productive at home is essential, especially if you work from home regularly! Utilizing mid-century modern design…
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Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Design

While the more well-known modernist movements of America and Europe were receiving global attention, a third movement was happening almost entirely in secret in South…

The details are not the details. They make the design.

– Charles Eames