Lately, I've had a mild obsession with mid-century modern interior design — the sculpted and geometric forms; the natural wood finishes; the vintage, yet sophisticated color palettes. It's all so lovely!
If you're unfamiliar, the term mid-century modern describes the modernist movement that influenced architectural, interior, product, and graphic design during the mid-20th century. According to The Mid-Century Modernist, a blog dedicated to all things mid-century, the style peaked between the years of 1945 and 1970.
As a graphic designer, I can truly embrace the style's focus on "functional beauty" — as the Mid-Century Modernist so eloquently puts it. This term describes how designers operating within the mid-century modern style created beautifully functional pieces that balanced natural and manmade aesthetics.
So, now that you've had your mini history lesson, have a gander at some of my favorite mid-century interior images from around the interweb! ...as I exclaimed on Twitter a few days back, I think I may have pinned every Eames chair in existence as I was perusing Pinterest. So, if you're into the mid-century style, my For The Home Pinterest board is calling your name right now!
Eames molded plastic chairs were designed by Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller furniture company. In addition to molded plastic, they were crafted with metal and, sometimes, wood. They were developed to be mass-produced and affordable. Since their creation in the late 1940s, they have become synonymous with the mid-century modern style and, due to their enduring popularity, are still produced to this day.
I am absolutely in love with the coffee table in the photo above! It's beautiful and expensive-looking, yet it's a DIY created for under $100!
My aunt and uncle had a glass-top display table in their living room. I was always in awe of it! Along with the functionality of a table, it gave them the ability to beautifully showcase photos and seashells from their beach excursions. Also, since it kept everything nicely contained under glass, I'm sure it made for much less dusting which is always a plus! The mid-century version pictured above is my dream coffee table!
I've been stalking a natural fiber pouf — sort of like the one in the photo above — from Ikea for the longest time now! I'm so sad that they don't sell them online... *pout.*
The combination of matte black plastic and natural wood on the Eames chairs in the photo above is to-die-for! ...I think I'm in love.
So, what do you think? Are you loving the mid-century look too?