28 Jun, 2020
the style book: Mid-century Modern
What & when
Mid-Century Modern style started in the US in the early 20th century roughly between 1930’s and 1950’s the style was based on earlier styles like the Bauhaus in Germany as a result of WWII where many designers and architects migrated to the US after the changes, the resulting aesthetic of this change is what we now call mid-century modern style.
the style is alluring and vibrant in it’s dedication to practicality in a beautiful design, while materials are key elements in this style but the main concept goes to form follows function, people love this style because of it’s vintage authentic touch, it has gentle organic touch and the use of different materials distinguished it between other style.
- a combination of both traditional and non traditional materials
- functionality first, form follows function
- minimal orientation on one or two elements only
- uncluttered spaces
- flared back furniture, tapered legs
materials are used in an unexpected way, the style highlights a use of traditional materials such as wood and the integration of the new materials that was recently used, such as glass, metal and plastic. and yet the dominant are natural materials, with rough surfaces like wood, or smooth electric like leather.
although the main use of color is neutral scheme there is still a trace of bold colors that derive from moodier hues, burnt orange, dark olive green, or leather brown.
How to create the style
- add character via abstract prints, aligned art pieces that are simple and clear and free of bold colors.
- Highlight natural elements of the room, a fire place or an old beam, an old wooden texture.
- stay overall casual, one of it’s most beloved features is the lounging and cozy feeling it creates in the room.
- take advantage of every window you have to let the light in, with sheer solid drapes to easily take in the sights from outside.
- The key to bringing mid-century modern style into your home is not trying to replicate it exactly. This will only look outdated. Start with basic, iconic mid-century modern armchairs or a table, and work out from there. Avoid clutter and, instead, embrace negative space.