It’s a design style you might have heard reference to, but what exactly is ‘mid-century modern design’?
Today, I’m sharing the origin of mid-century design and how we can apply it in the modern era.
I’m really excited to realise that it’s my favourite design style – and that the homes, furniture and interiors I am naturally drawn to, and lust after, all have a touch of this style! I never knew what my ‘style’ was exactly, but I love knowing the influence and history behind the looks I love. So let me share what I’ve learnt with you!
The term is thought to have been coined for the first time by author Cara Greenberg in her 1984 book “Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s”.
‘Mid-century modern’ is used to describe design – architecture, interiors, furniture, graphics and more – from around the late 1940s to late 1950s. It’s considered a seminal design era. So what was going on in the world at this time?
World War II had come to a close, soldiers had returned home, the economy was booming and new homes were being built, with a decidedly more modern look than the past.
I see the mid-century modern era as being extremely ‘chic’ and I believe it’s a style that works really well for modern Australian homes. Mid-century modern design all about open-living, fluid floor plans and an indoor-outdoor lifestyle. There’s also a focus on plentiful windows and natural light, clean lines with sculptural and organic shapes; simple fabrics and materials with minimal embellishments. Think function, comfort and practicality.
I’ve been pinned my favourite looks and mid-century furniture pieces over on my Pinterest page – so come on over and explore! And now, let me share one home that showcases mid-century modern design beautifully, from some of my favourite designers, Amber Interiors. Take a look!