Mid-century modern design is a style of furnishings, products and architecture that were designed during the period after World War II into the 1960's, roughly aligning to the baby boom generation. The style includes clean lines, organic and natural forms in materials such as wood, plastic and metal. This chic and mod style is as hot today as it was a half-century ago, particularly among 20- and 30-somethings and Mad Men devotees. And whether you're in the market for an original or are looking for a well-price reproduction or contemporary interpretation, there are many choices available to get the look. Pictured here: Sakasa Chair from Stores.advancedinteriordesigns.com.
Based on the original 1947 design by George Nelson, this table is an icon of mid-century modern design. The slatted top is made of solid finished hardwood with finger jointed legs. The bench can be used for seating or as a cocktail table, depending on need. The piece comes in either natural with black legs, or black slats on black legs and is available in 4', 5', and 6' lengths. Photo credit/available at: Modspaces.com.
The classic Verner Panton 'S', or Stacking, chair was originally designed in 1960 of a solid piece of injection molded plastic. Its sinuous, curvey shape is both sleek and sexy. Popular in the sixties, these chairs have seen a resurgence of popularity in the 21st century and are still in production. These pieces at Mod Spaces come in sets of two in either glossy white or glossy black and can be used both indoors our out. Photo credit/available at: Modspaces.com.
An interpretation of one of the most recognizable chairs of the twentieth century, the Pavillion chair captures the essence of Mies van der Rohe's classic. Clad in a more affordable vinyl over a foam cushion, the base is a single piece of fully welded 200# stainless steel. The Pavillion chair comes in three price ranges for the ultimate in flexible affordability. Photo credit/available at: Pgmod.com.
Gourd Table Lamp
The curvaceous shape of these double gourd lamps is right at home in a mid-mod design style. The lamp base has a natural, organic shape in green mouth-blown glass with a hand applied luster finish. The linen shape continues the natural feel of this stylish table lamp. The generous proportions-24”h x 14”wide-makes this the perfect bedside or sofa side lamp for reading or ambience. Photo credit/available at: Westelm.com.
Globe Pendant Lamp
Reminiscent of the classic 1950's Eichler globe, or ball, pendants, this version offers the same gleaming glass globe with small dome. Hot, hot, hot since 1950's California, this light fixture is the perfect thing to light up small spaces and make a statement. The simple form doesn't draw attention to itself, it not only illuminates the space, it really highlights it. Photo credit/available at: Westelm.com.
Fiberglass Rocker Chair
The original Charles and Ray Eames molded fiberglass rocker chairs came out in the mid-1950's and were produced for the masses. These chairs come in a variety of bright colors and can work with any interior style from modern to something more classic. The bright colors are like pop-art for the home. Durable and always stylish, these chairs make a statement wherever they are used. Photo credit/available at: Modernpoverty.com.
CB2 Scan Chair
This low and sleek chair is classic mid-century Scandinavian design. The wood is white oak with mortise and tenon joinery. The swoop back and wide seat are upholstered in a recycled felted wool-blend. The dark gray suiting fabric is stylish and sophisticated, making this chair this the perfect complement to any décor. Photo credit/available at: Cb2.com.
Platform Coffee Table
This sleek coffee table carries a secret-it's got storage! The sides, back and top are a matte white lacquer and the drawers are veneered in acacia for a great contemporary look. The solid wood tapered legs are recessed under the table, giving it a natural floating feeling. And, of course, the storage drawers are indispensable, especially for those living in apartments and smaller homes. Photo credit/available at: Cb2.com.
Bertoia Side Chair
The Bertoia Side Chair is one of the true classics of the mid-century modern period. Made of industrial steel wire rods, this chair can be used as a desk chair, dining chair or in a commercial setting. It's just that versatile and comfortable. Bertoia said of his chairs "If you look at the chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes through them." Though they look light and airy, they are indeed strong like steel. Photo credit/available at: Stores.advancedinteriordesigns.com.
Arco Floor Lamp
A classic in modern design, the Arco lamp is based on a street light and provides overhead lighting without having to suspend a fixture from the ceiling. Made of stainless steel, this version has the classic marble base. The original 1962 lamp required two people to move it - this one is a bit lighter. The arm extends eight feet from the base for exceptional style and functionality. Photo credit/available at: Moderneurodesign.com