Mid Century Modern


MID CENTURY MODERN DESIGN

Mid-century modern design, also known as the timeless design is based on the ideology that the design should not only be beautifully constructed, efficient and functional, but also attainable. The interiors, furniture and décor are to die for. Whether it is shell side tables or lamps in the dinning room, sofa in the living room, or even the chairs in the bedroom, everything is meticulously placed and color coordinated to ooze out the mid-century vibe. To sum up, sleek, clean, cool sophisticated, colorful, functional, and curvy are the perfect words to describe mid-century modern designs.


COLORS & TONES

Mid-century modern designs revolutionized the entire idea of outdoor-indoor living in 1950’s. it would not appear as a big deal today but it was a huge thing back then. People were quite passionate about bringing the outdoors in and vice versa those days and these designs were capable of realizing their imaginations. They used round, smooth edges and contours since the raw materials were malleable.

  • Mix sleek lines and organic shapes, mid-century modern style also focusses on no clutter or superfluous ornamentation.
  • Orange & Brown – orange give a feeling of joy, energy and liveliness whereas it is balanced by the stability denoted by brown”
  • Teal, Brown and White – teal is a rejuvenating color representing clarity of thought and open communication, whereas brown and white adds stability and youthfulness respectively.

TEXTURES & FINISHES

VCT (vinyl composite tile) is one of the best options for mid-century flooring options, as it is notably inexpensive, durable, and can resemble Terrazzo to provide impressive finishes. Although wood was still the go-to material for the furniture yet the furniture of this era was highly influenced by the new materials like fiberglass, steel, aluminum, foam, etc.

  • Expansive glass walls, wide open floor plans and clean lines were highly used in residential style.
  • The most luxurious of floors is Terrazzo. The process of pouring a Terrazzo floor is similar to a concrete floor
  • Materials such as metal, glass, vinyl, plywood, Plexiglass and Lucite. Chrome, Brass, or Copper finishes.

FORMS & SHAPES

Simplicity, clean lines and vibrant colors, are some of the many characteristics that define mid-century modern designs. Function took over the form, as the main emphasis was on the practicality in the post war era.

  • Light fixtures are often one of the most iconic pieces in a mid-century modern home. Sputnik-style chandeliers are a great way to make a big statement because of their simple brass arms and large globe bulbs.
  • Use sheer or semi-sheer curtains to make the most of natural light and outdoor scenery available to you.
  • Pared-down forms, natural materials, contemporary patterns and a seamless flow.


HISTORY OF THE MID CENTURY MODERN DESIGNS

Mid-Century Modern was an interior, product, architecture and graphic design movement in America, popular from around 1945-69. Cara Greenberg used the term MCM in 1984 for describing a particular style of furniture design and architecture prominent during the post war years in US. This design was the result of the increase in home ownership after the rise of economy post World War II. It was used to fulfill the needs of the new society in America after the soldiers returned to their homes and now, they would commute to an office instead of a war zone. It developed out of early 20th century international movements like that of Bauhaus and has great resemblance to the Scandinavian designs. Although Mid-Century Modern designs have been an integral part of furniture and architecture since 1940’s, it has been exceedingly popular in the 21st century. The style is omnipresent in informal as well as formal décor settings, even today in the form of sleek, streamlined furniture pieces and large windows.


PHILOSOPHY OF THE MID CENTURY MODERN DESIGN

The basic principle of the mid-century modern designs is attainability along with efficiency, functionality and beautification. These designs were meant to be accessible. Another principle of the mid-century modern designs is acceptance, i.e. different materials like aluminum, fiberglass, foam, plywood, etc. were used in their own true forms without changing the look. materials like aluminum, fiberglass, foam, plywood, etc. were used in their own true forms without changing the look.